Help for cancer patients after treatment

Cancer patients in Wirral are being offered support for returning to normal life after their treatment.

Listeners heard how a special programme has been set up in Clatterbridge to help people prepare better for what happens next.

Melanie Zeiderman in the studio

Funded by the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, Living With And Beyond Cancer was launched in Merseyside and Cheshire last year.

Based at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, it aims to raise awareness of issues that affect people once they finish their cancer treatment.

 

Programme Lead Melanie Zeiderman came into the studio to tell Coffee Club presenter Steve Evans all about the service.

She said 2.5m people are currently living with cancer in the UK and by 2030 that number is expected to rise to nearly 4m.

"Unless we start to support people once they finish their treatment, we will find health services aren't able to cope." - Melanie Zeiderman

Melanie said feedback shows that patients have a difficult time once they finish treatment, going from being well supported to being concerned about returning to normal life.

The programme works with about 30 local organisations to try to help people prepare better for what happens.

More information can be found at www.livinglongerlivingbetter.org.uk.


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