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Cancer Patient Support- Support People With Cancer
Every year approximately 370, 000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Receiving a cancer diagnosis is often a very difficult time in a person's life. We are on a mission to support these people by offering a Cancer Support Package at the beginning of their chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment. We believe that simple gestures like this make a huge difference to the mind set of someone going through cancer treatment to give them huge emotional support and to help support their well being.
People with cancer have been impacted severely by the pandemic. Many have had delays in diagnosis or treatment commencing so for some, treatments will be more intensive. People with cancer and their carers need support both physically and mentally.
UCARE would like to provide Supportive Care Packs to people having treatment for cancer to help them cope with the side effects of treatment better such as, dry skin, nausea and cracked lips, so they can potentially stay on treatment for longer. The care packages will include hand balms, lip balms, skin moisturisers, nausea lozenges, eye masks and information to support and signpost them to other services.
These packages will add positivity to their cancer journey and provide a package that helps to improve their quality of life. Just to feel that someone cares enough to recognise what they are facing and provide a bit of kindness to help them through it.
UCARE offers a number of other services for people with cancer and their carers so this will encourage them to uptake these services too, and the packages will contribute to this signposting and support provision.
The Importance of Mental Health
The mental health of people with cancer is very important in terms of how they cope with their cancer treatment. It has been especially important during the pandemic as there are less face to face to appointments and services. People are much more isolated and lonely and therefore at a greater risk of depression.
The Supportive Care Packs for Patients with Cancer are really important as they impact on both the patients ability to self manage and feel empowered due to increased knowledge as well as improving their all round health and well being and quality of life. They provide a sense of positivity and care absolutely when it is needed most.
Who Will This Help?
This work will be aimed at people with cancer who are commencing cancer therapy. They can be of any age. We will be mainly targeting people with urological cancer (prostate, testicular, bladder, kidney cancer) but the packages will be generic and therefore can be used for people with any tumour type.
This project will make a real difference to people with cancer and their carers. The focus is on health and improving the well being of people with cancer who are facing a very difficult time in their lives.
The supportive care packages provide relief from some of the side effects of treatment but also provide information, signposting and positivity which will help to support their mental health and reduce social isolation which has been so hard for people cancer during the pandemic. This will not only impact on the person with cancer but also on their families. The outcome will be for people with cancer to be offered solutions for self management so that they feel empowered and can cope better.
This UCARE project aims to improve the patient experience and quality of life. UCARE is here to provide information and support people at a time when they need it most.
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