Cancer

Cancer – Signs & Symptoms

It’s important to be aware of any new or worrying symptoms.

Although it’s unlikely to be cancer, it’s important to speak to a GP so they can investigate. Finding cancer early means it’s easier to treat.

For information on the signs and symptoms of cancer see links below. If you are worried about any of the signs and symptoms listed on this page or on the following links then please make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible to discuss this further.

Worried about cancer? Cancer signs and symptoms – Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer – Signs and symptoms – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Signs and symptoms of cancer | Cancer Research UK

Cancer Care Reviews

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a scary and stressful time for you and your loved ones. Personalised cancer care recognises that people with cancer deserve the right care and support to enable them to live well throughout their treatment and beyond.

One way that your GP practice can provide this support is via the Cancer Care review.  To help us to understand any issues, both physical, social, and emotional, that may be bothering you it is helpful if you can complete a Cancer Care Review questionnaire online.

It if is helpful,  you may be invited to attend as review with your GP or Practice Nurse at approx 12 mths post diagnosis.

The cancer care review is a chance for you to have a conversation with your GP or practice nurse about your treatment, any issues you may be facing and how we can support you during this time. We understand that you have a lot of appointments during your treatment so this review can be done over the phone if that suits you better.

Cancer Support Services

There are many services available to support you and your loved ones when you have received a cancer diagnosis as well as during any treatment you may have and beyond. You may find some of the following services helpful:

Local Patient Cancer Support Group  is a local group formed in 2018 and now a registered charity, providing a safe place to talk, meeting others in the same situation and supporting each other through their own personal experiences. For more information and to make contact please see the link above and our Facebook  website:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1511773759356635/

Cancer care map is a simple, online resource that aims to help you find cancer support services in your local area wherever you are in the UK.

Look good feel better is a leading cancer support charity aimed at boosting the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living with cancer. Currently they provide online workshops covering skincare and make-up; grooming, hair loss, haircare, wig advice and nail care.

Talking Therapy – Through BUPA, Macmillan are offering up to six free counselling sessions for people struggling emotionally because of cancer.

Life after cancer brings people together who have finished cancer treatment to form support groups, with an aim to increase their physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing.

Fatigue Management – The Untire App is based upon scientifically proven methods to reduce fatigue and increase energy. The easy to use program was developed by psychologists, patients and researchers specialised in psycho-oncology. Patients will need a code to access the app. This code can be requested from Macmillan at the link below:

Untire – Macmillan cancer Support

The Brigette Trust  Helping people live well beyond Diagnosis

Foundation Centre Supporting cancer patients and their loved ones for over 25yrs

Social Prescribing

People living with cancer have varied needs and cancer can affect all aspects of life from relationships to work and finance. Your GP or Practice Nurse can refer you to a team called Social Prescribers or you can self refer using the link below. Social Prescribing  can then provide you with practical advice and help you to access non-clinical local services to help support you with some of these needs.

Social Prescribing contact information

 

Date published: 8th February, 2024
Date last updated: 20th February, 2024