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Information Day for those living with and beyond cancer

A special cancer Information Day is being held at Norwich’s Big C Centre on Saturday November 9th 10:30am-3:30pm.

Charities from the region, Big C and hospital professionals are coming together under one roof to inform cancer patients and their families and friends of all the help available to them in our region. This will include advice on work and cancer, talking to children, money matters, healthy eating, travel insurance, body image, psychosexual issues, keeping active and more. There will also be samples of sweet and savoury tasters for people to try.
 
A similar event was held in May this year, and saw people affected by cancer walking away armed with information and advice that could help them through their own particular cancer journey. One visitor, who had recently become a carer for their loved one, said, ‘As a carer, I now have a better understanding of how cancer effects you. I found it useful and am very grateful for the information’.
 
As part of the market-place style plan for the day there will be stands with information on local and national cancer support groups, stands from British Red Cross, Age UK and Crossroads, plus many specialists on hand for help and advice. Taster sessions of hand massage will be available on the day.
 
The hospital and Big C will also have specialists available, such as a Welfare Advisor, nutritional experts and Health Care Professionals, as well as the friendly staff of the Centre itself. Carers of cancer patients are an important group and the day will include information on support for carers, including our Carer’s Club.
There will be talks by professionals every half-hour;
 
10 Top Tips Talks
11:00  Diet and cancer
11:30 Money Matters and more
12:00 Keeping active beyond cancer
12:30 Work and cancer
13:00 Coping with the worry of cancer
13:30 Carers – Support for you
14:00 Support in the community
14:30 Diet and cancer
 
Jill Chapman, the Big C Centre Manager says:
 
‘When someone is diagnosed with cancer the whole family is affected. There is a lot of information, advice and support in our region but we need to make sure people have the opportunity to find out about it. The hospitals all do a fantastic job in supporting patients and as we know everyone’s situation is different, which is why we’re working with other charities and specialists to offer this day. There will be something for everyone from diagnosis onwards, something to help people take back some control of their lives and to move on.’
 
Refreshments are on offer all day and the event is entirely free. This event will be held every 6 months. (Next years dates are May 10th 2014 and November 8th 2014).

Visit the Big C Centre on Saturday 9th November between 10:30am and 3:30pm. There is no need to book. The car park costs £2 all day. Find the Big C Centre at NNUH, near car park K, next to the Colney Centre. Call 01603 286112 for more information about the day, or email cancer.information@nnuh.nhs.uk.


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