Open forum launched by West Suffolk Cancer User Group

West Suffolk Hospital, Bury. ENGANL00120140601110152
West Suffolk Hospital, Bury. ENGANL00120140601110152

Cancer patients who have recently received treatment, along with their carers and families, are being invited to a special open forum to share their views and


Open to anyone affected by the illness, the event has been organised by West Suffolk Cancer User Group, in partnership with West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Taking place on Saturday, May 17, it will include brief talks on new initiatives for cancer patients and their carers, including The Macmillan HOPE (Help Overcome Problems Effectively) health and lifestyle course.

This free, six-week course is designed to help patients after their hospital treatment is complete by identifying ways they can take control, manage stress and emotional issues and to talk to others going through the same experience.

• The community cancer nurse, which is being piloted by Suffolk Community Healthcare and offers one-to-one support in patients’ own homes to help them cope following treatment.

• The importance of user involvement and making sure patients voices are heard.

People will also be able to discuss their cancer journey and their treatment, with their feedback used to improve services in west Suffolk.

Anyone who would like to come to the forum, which takes place in the Education Centre at West Suffolk Hospital between 10am and 2pm, should RSVP to as early as possible.

A buffet lunch will be provided.

HOPE courses will run throughout the summer, with the first beginning on April 28. Anyone who would like more information about the course, or is interested in signing up, should contact Nicky McKee, Macmillan Information and Support Centre manager, on 01284 713023 or by emailing