More than 300 people affected by cancer will meet in Harrogate on Thursday, November 16, to share experiences and access a ‘toolkit’ of information at a free event organised by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
‘Life with Cancer 2017’ is the first event of its kind organised by the charity, which is dedicated to improving outcomes for patients living in the region.
There are currently about 195,000 people in Yorkshire living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis, and this number is expected to reach as many as 300,000 people by 2030 1.
With the number of people surviving cancer continuing to rise, the emotional, physical and practical needs of those affected by the disease have become increasingly important.
Cancer patients, their carers and family and friends will receive expert advice from researchers and healthcare professionals. They will be able to share experiences, learn from others and take part in practical sessions to help improve physical and mental wellbeing.
Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the hardest things a person will ever have to deal with. From coming to terms with the initial shock of being told you have cancer, to making decisions about treatment and dealing with side effects, it’s an experience that will forever change a person’s life.
“Beyond the immediate medical care, there are so many other issues that come along with a cancer diagnosis. We want to provide people in Yorkshire with the very best information and advice so they feel better supported and go on to live long and healthy lives.”
The event will be held at Harrogate Convention Centre from 10am-4pm. The programme includes a wide selection of topics, from managing side effects to talking about cancer, mindfulness and carer support. It will also cover lifestyle choices, including how these may impact on recurrence.
Attendees will have the chance to take part in Pilates and gentle exercise sessions. There will be the opportunity to speak to experts and representatives from local support services and groups. Feedback from those who attend could also influence how the charity spends its funds in the future.
In 2015, Yorkshire Cancer Research announced a new 10-year strategy to save 2,000 more lives in Yorkshire every year by 2025. As well as funding innovative research projects in the county, the charity is dedicated to working in local communities to encourage healthy lifestyles, improve knowledge of cancer signs and symptoms and increase participation in the national screening programmes for bowel, breast and cervical cancer.
Registration closes at midnight on Sunday, November 12.
1 Local Cancer Intelligence, Prevalence, http://lci.cancertoolkit.co.uk/Prevalence
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter