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Helping men cope with living with prostate cancer

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Helping men cope with living with prostate cancer

A group in Whitley Bay has raised more than £300 to help patients receiving treatment for prostate cancer at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Len Simpson, president of The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes – known as the Buffs, held a social evening in Blyth to help fund complementary therapies for patients.

The therapies, such as acupuncture, help alleviate the side effects of some treatments and are funded by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Momentum charity.

The money – £356.70 – was presented to Pauline Bagnall, uro-oncology nurse specialist at Northumbria Healthcare, and Jean Cawkwell and Angie Johnstone, from Momentum.

Momentum is part of Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright charity, which works hard to provide additional extras that are not usually funded by the NHS, however, ensure patients have the best experience possible.

Len, from Seghill, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, said: “I’ve chosen Momentum as my charity for my year in office as it’s a marvellous cause.

“Although I haven’t used the complementary therapies service myself, it’s reassuring to know that it’s there if I need it. I’ve heard excellent reports about it with men saying it really helps them while undergoing treatment.

“I hope the money we’ve raised will help the service to continue its great work.”

Mrs Bagnall said: “We get excellent feedback from our patients about our complementary therapies service and we’re really pleased to accept this donation.

“Men can live for a long time after being diagnosed with prostate cancer with the right treatment and support and our service helps to improve their experiences and help them cope with living with the disease.”

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is recognised as one of the best performing NHS Trusts in England when it comes to providing a top quality experience of care for cancer patients.

With specialist cancer teams based at the Trust’s general hospitals in North Tyneside, Hexham and Wansbeck, as well as Berwick Infirmary, Northumbria Healthcare delivers care to thousands of cancer patients across North Tyneside and Northumberland supporting people in hospital, in the community and at home.