Empowering cancer patients

Cancer patients in Clatterbridge are being empowered to plan their own care and support, listeners have heard.

In the latest of a series of interviews, staff from Macmillan's Living With & Beyond Cancer scheme have been explaining all about the holistic needs assessment.

Angela Dawe and Sharon Rowe from Living With & Beyond Cancer

Angela Dawe and Sharon Rowe came in to discuss the assessment and care planning stages of their operation where patients can help shape their own plan according to what they think they will need.

Coffee Club listeners heard how anyone diagnosed with cancer is entitled to have an electronic assessment.

"This holistic needs assessment helps people to think about what is really worrying them. It could be anything from feeling really tired after treatment to worrying about who's going to walk the dog." - Sharon Rowe, Living With & Beyond Cancer

Patients can even fill them in from the comfort of their own home.

The assessment asks a series of questions to get people to think about what is important to them as they embark on the cancer treatment journey.

 

Angela and Sharon told presenter Steve Evans that it helps patients focus on what their needs really are.

The care plan is owned and managed by the patient themselves, allowing them to address their own concerns.

"As patients we often we don't worry about ourselves, we worry about other people. This just helps focus in on what's really important to you and how health professionals can help with that." - Sharon Rowe, Living With & Beyond Cancer

Anyone wanting to develop their own plan should speak to their clinical nurse specialist or support worker at Clatterbridge.

Four follow-up programmes showcasing on the Living With & Beyond Cancer scheme will be broadcast on Radio Clatterbridge on the last Friday of every month.


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