Scheme for cancer survivors

Staff and patients at the first session of new bowel cancer survivorship programme at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
Staff and patients at the first session of new bowel cancer survivorship programme at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Hospital staff have set up a new scheme to help patients recovering from bowel cancer.

The new cancer survivorship programme is now up and running at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS FoundatioN Trust, for those recovering from bowel cancer.

The sessions encourage patients to find out more about life after surviving cancer and offer support and healthy-living advice to reduce the chances of it returning.

It includes a six-week exercise plan which is a proven way of reducing the risk of a cancer returning. Patients will also have instant contact with their specialist nurses if there are any concerns.

Colorectal and stoma care senior nurse Paula Pickersgill said: “This is a new and innovative approach to provide excellent care, help and support for our patients.”

This is the third cancer surivorship programme at the trust - following similar schemes for breast cancer and gynaecological cancer patients.

The sessions will be held at the learning centre at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.