We are staging an engagement event as part of our work in transforming follow-up services for cancer patients.
We want people affected by cancer to co-design services as part of this major project led by Christie consultant Dr Wendy Makin, who also chairs the Living With and Beyond Cancer pathway board at Manchester Cancer.
Dr Makin said the project focuses on follow-up services – or ‘aftercare’ – in three areas, prostate, breast and colorectal cancers. We would particularly like people with experience of these types of cancer to join us at the event.
‘This is all about how people might be prepared as they come to the end of their planned treatment for early cancer, and then how they could be best supported in the months and years that follow,’ said Dr Makin
‘We need to think about recovery and getting on with life, as well as what to look for and what to do if there are any problems or worries. We will think about the monitoring that is needed such as blood tests and scans and how these are best organised.
‘We know that some people do not have a good experience in busy clinics, or are left with uncertainty and worries. And as the outlook for cancer is improving, more and more people enter the follow-up phase.
‘This is a big opportunity for people with experience of cancer and follow-up in the past to work with us to design and shape the new proposals. The aim is to move from the traditional hospital appointments at set intervals to a more flexible approach tailored to the individual’s needs.’
We are hoping around 70 people will join us at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust on 29 November to help us develop this crucial area of work.
Dr Makin added: ‘One of the key principles of our work is that patients should be fully engaged at every stage. The engagement event will encourage people affected by cancer to tell us what they think about current services and what more we need to do to meet their needs.’
If you would like to take part in the event, please register below: