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Living with and beyond cancer

Living with and beyond cancer

Living with and beyond cancer is a program of care designed to help you from your day of diagnosis, throughout your treatment, and beyond. It aims to empower you to feel supported and informed so you can make choices that improve your wellbeing and help you manage your condition.

Having a cancer diagnosis can affect you, not only physically, but also emotionally, socially, spiritually and practically and we can help to support you through this. If there are things we can’t do ourselves then we can point you in the direction of someone who can. There are also lots of things that you can do to feel generally better in yourself.

This includes:


Holistic needs assessment (HNA)

As part of your care you will be offered the chance to complete a care and support plan (HNA) to make sure we help you to address the concerns that are personal to you. This is not a cancer treatment plan, but about the things that affect you because of your cancer diagnosis no matter what they are. Things that we could help with include making sure you can manage at home, financial issues, talking about your worries, supporting your loved ones and even caring for a pet.

You can have the HNA completed at any point from diagnosis and as and when your needs or concerns change.


Treatment summary review 

Within around 12 weeks of completing your treatment, you will be asked to attend a clinic to discuss what to expect moving forward. This includes the short and long term effects of treatment, awareness of symptoms, and what your follow up care will be, and who with.


Cancer care review

You will receive a cancer care review by either your GP or practice nurse within six months of your diagnosis.


Wellbeing

Looking after yourself is really important during cancer treatment. We have lots of advice and support to help you make choices that improve your wellbeing:


Living well with and beyond cancer events

We run regular health and wellbeing events that you are encourage to attend before you have finished your treatment, and after.  They are an opportunity to get lots of advice and support to help you make choices that improve your wellbeing.

Together with well-established local organisations we can provide advice on a wide variety of topics and you can discover what facilities and services are available on our doorstep. The events cover topics such as:

  • Diet, exercise and general wellbeing including improving your mental wellbeing
  • Cancer awareness and managing  your symptoms
  • Volunteering and practical hobbies such as IT, gardening, photography and joinery
  • Financial advice and help with getting back to work
  • Support for carers

We will let you know when the next events are being held on this page.

If you’d like to come along  get in touch with us at livingwithandbeyond@northumbria.nhs.uk 

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