Event Aims to Support People in Falkirk Who Are Living with Cancer

Cancer survivors and those living with the disease are being invited to attend a Health and Wellbeing Event organised by NHS Forth Valley and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Health and Wellbeing Event – which will be held on Thursday 24th November 2016 between 10am and 3pm at Falkirk Golf Club – is open to those who have finished treatment, are being monitored or are living with metastatic disease.

Partners, family members and friends are also welcome to attend the event, which will  provide lunch and refreshments during talks on a wide range of issues. There will also be  stalls with information and advice on local sources of support.

Topics covered will include psychological wellbeing, managing tiredness, exercise, healthy eating and getting the most out of your appointments. A Q&A session will also be held at the end.

Dr Susie Porteous, Macmillan Consultant Clinical Psychologist for NHS Forth Valley, said: “We know from patients that cancer poses many challenges. When someone has been diagnosed with cancer they have to adjust to many changes and this means that patients and those close to them often experience strong emotions and worries. When treatment finishes and the practicalities of treatment are over, people can be surprised if they don’t feel ‘back to normal.’

“Similarly, people who are living with cancer may be coping with physical problems and overwhelming emotions. The aim of this local event is to help people living with and beyond cancer to make sense of their experience and to let them know about resources which are available to help them to manage any ongoing concerns.”

Anyone intestested in attending the event should contact Elizabeth-Ann Bowman, NHS Forth Valley Clinical Health Psychology Administrator on 01324 614387 or e-mail e.bowman@nhs.net

 Issued by NHS Forth Valley’s Communication Department – 01786 457264.