Press release – 26 July 2019
Patient calls on people living with cancer or a long term condition to attend health and wellbeing event
A Trust patient is calling on people living with cancer or a long term condition to attend a free health and wellbeing event on Tuesday 10 September.
The event, which is being funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and organised by Wye Valley NHS Trust, will be held on Tuesday 10 September, 10am to 3.30pm, at the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford.
It will bring together Wye Valley NHS Trust specialist healthcare staff and more than 20 local support services, to provide advice on managing the effects of cancer and other long term health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes or chronic muscle and joint problems. Topics will include fatigue, physical activity, worry, and healthy eating.
Stained glass craftsman and lamp maker Dominic Commane, from Ludlow, discovered that he had cancer at the age of 50. Following a course of dental work Dominic found a cancerous lump in his neck at the end of last year and underwent six weeks of treatment at Hereford County Hospital.
Dominic said: “It all happened quickly from the lump appearing in my neck to the rapid biopsies followed by treatment, and whilst I felt very unwell during radiotherapy and chemotherapy, what I was not expecting is the extreme levels of fatigue which are still very prevalent. I am very grateful to be alive, but I am having to learn how to adjust to the new me and find ways of managing day to day life and work.
“Living with cancer is not a lone experience but a shared one, but you can feel cut off at the end of treatment, so getting along to events like this provides the opportunity to talk to other people and share our experiences, and access advice on topics such as eating and fatigue, which can affect people for some time after diagnosis and into the future”.
Liz Gould, Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Clinician at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “This is a great opportunity to access vital support and advice to help empower people and make a positive difference to their everyday life.
“We know that more people are being diagnosed with cancer, but the good news is that more people are surviving and living longer after a cancer diagnosis. But it’s just as important that people live good lives and don’t simply survive. A lot of research has been done over the past decade into the lives of people after a cancer diagnosis. We now understand that people have concerns and need support to know how to live as well as possible for the longer term.
“Events such as this health and wellbeing day provide a safe and supportive environment away from the hospital, where people will have time to chat, browse and learn more about what is available in their local area. We must emphasise that the topics are valuable to anyone living with a long term condition, not just cancer.
“To book your place, which includes free lunch for those attending the full day, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01432 355444 ext 3098, and people are also welcome to drop in for the morning or afternoon”.
Patient – Dominic Commane
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928.