Supporting you all the way

We know that living with and beyond cancer involves much more than your treatment which is why we offer a range of support and advice services to help you every step of the way. The support ranges from our fantastic cancer information and support centre to the late effects clinics which we run.

Support can include advice or help with:

  • Changing relationships
  • Symptoms and physical concerns
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Finances - you may want to know more about the financial help available to you
  • Lifestyle changes

Weston Park Cancer Support Centre

Weston Park Cancer Support Centre is located next to Weston Park Cancer Centre and as well as being open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. No appointment is necessary, you can simply drop in. There is also a really helpful website with information available and contact details. http://www.cancersupportcentre.co.uk/supporting/services/
Telephone:  0114 226 5666
Email: info@cancersupportcentre.co.uk

The Centre is a friendly, relaxed place where anyone is welcome to call in for a drink and a chat.  There is a wide range of information available to meet your individual needs.  Information is available in the form of leaflets, CDs and DVDs on specific cancers including symptoms and side effects.  Here you will also be able to find information on practical and emotional issues, including:

  • How to cope with stress and anxiety
  • How to manage fatigue and tiredness
  • Caring for someone with cancer
  • Help with discussing cancer with children
  • Bereavement and understanding grief
  • Travel Insurance

When you visit the Support Centre, you will find:

  • A comfortable environment where you can read and discuss the information you have been given
  • Emotional support – someone to listen to your worries in confidence
  • Guidance on what other support services are available
  • Support groups in your area and nationally
  • Guided internet access to some of our approved websites
  • Practical advice – signposting you to other services that can help you live independently.

Welfare Advice Service

An advisor is available at Weston Park Cancer Support Centre via appointment Monday to Friday to advise you on:

  • Financial concerns
  • What benefits are available to you
  • Employment rights, whether you are employed or self employed
  • Advice on all aspects of debt
  • Housing problems

Please contact the Centre to book an appointment on 0114 226 5666.

Free Legal Advice

You can book to see a solicitor for a free one hour consultation appointment at the Weston Park Cancer Support Centre.

The solicitor is giving their time voluntarily to help you understand the issues around Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney. Please note you are not obliged to enter into any legally binding agreement, but the choice is yours if you wish to follow any advice.

Please contact the Centre on 0114 226 5666 to book an appointment.

Support Groups
We run programmes for patients and their carers, in a group setting, to provide information, advice and support.  Please browse the following links, which give further information about each of the four programmes.

Come and try one of our group programmes to meet others in a similar situation to share experiences, find new information and ways of coping.

Look Good – Feel Better free workshops
After the shock of being diagnosed with cancer, many people can be devastated by the challenging side-effects of their treatment, some of which can dramatically change their appearance and body image - skin changes, loss of hair, eyebrows and eyelashes can be particularly difficult to cope with.

Look Good Feel Better helps in a very practical and positive way. Trained beauty consultants volunteer their time and expertise to help with simple advice.  The workshops are informative and lively, but most of all fun.

The Cancer Support Centre hosts Look Good Feel Better workshops.  Please call on 0114 226 5666 to find out more and to put your name on the waiting list.

Women’s ‘Pamper’ Workshop

This ‘pampering’ workshop includes a two hour beauty makeover, led by beauticians. Everyone at the session will be given a free beauty kit to use during the session and to keep afterwards.

Men’s ‘skin fitness’ workshop

This includes a one hour MOT including hair and beard care, skincare, sun care and shaving advice. Free maintenance kit provided for use during the session and for you to keep afterwards.

Complementary Therapies

Radiotherapy patients and their carers can enjoy four free sessions of complementary therapy each. Therapists provided by the Cavendish Centre and funded by Weston Park Cancer Charity, available Monday to Friday (by appointment only). The therapies on offer are:

Massage
Massage therapy is probably the oldest known therapy and it is based on touch. It involves stroking, kneading or gently pressing the muscles and soft tissues of the body to help you relax mentally and physically. Some types of massage are soft and gentle, while others are more vigorous. It is possible to just concentrate on small areas of your body such as your feet, neck and shoulders, as well as massaging larger areas such as your back. You may be asked to remove some clothing for your treatment. Hand or foot massage is also offered, with which you can remain fully clothed, is relaxing and provides you with immediate health benefits, such as improved finger and wrist range of motion and enhanced circulation.

Reflexology
It is believed that different areas in your hands and feet are linked with different parts of your body. By applying firm but controlled pressure with thumb and fingers to these areas, generally on your feet, the reflexologist will help to relieve inbalances in different parts of your body and renew energy flows.

Reiki
This is a simple and natural form of healing that originated in Japan. The word means ‘universal life energy’.  You simply lie or sit (fully clothed) and the practitioner will gently place their hands over or on your body, in areas where they feel it is most needed.  It is not linked to any sort of belief system. The aim is to support the body to heal itself.

Relaxation
Your therapist will gently take you into a deep state of relaxation through breathing techniques and visualisation. Allowing your mind both the space and the time to start to make sense of what is happening to you. You can be taught how to use the state for yourself (for example when you go to the hospital) and you can use relaxation at home.
You will be fully clothed and remain conscious throughout the therapy. 

Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy, originating in Japan, and is a method of stimulating/unblocking the vital ‘energy’ flow (Ki) within the body by using a gentle type of ‘acupressure’ massage with gentle stretches and movements done by the therapist. It is a therapy that works on the emotional and psychological levels as well as on the physical state.  Shiatsu relaxes mind and body, restores and balances energy, relieves musculoskeletal disorders, and enhances general wellbeing.

Indian Head Massage
This involves acupressure work on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face including sinuses. It helps reduce stress, fatigue, and eyestrain, increase mental clarity, relaxes and rejuvenates the receiver. You may be asked to remove some clothing for your treatment.

Mindfulness

We offer one to one mindfulness sessions for patients and carers struggling with stress and anxiety.
Mindfulness is a useful technique that people can learn in order to help them cope with challenging life experiences.
Research has shown that as well as reducing stress levels and promoting a deep sense of relaxation it can also help boost the immune system, improve sleep and provide greater mental clarity.

Whether you or your family are coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis, going through treatment, or have finished and are starting to pick up the pieces, mindfulness can be a valuable tool in dealing with the cancer journey.

Coffee Mornings
Held on the first Tuesday of every month 10am to 12pm at the Cancer Support Centre, the coffee mornings are open to anyone affected by cancer and may provide an opportunity for you to meet other people who have had similar experiences – perhaps some of whom you may have met while receiving your treatment or attending one of our courses. Our volunteers are the hosts, providing tea, coffee and biscuits along with friendly conversation and, of course, our staff are available if you would like to ask advice or discuss any concerns you may have.

Craft Afternoon
On a Wednesday afternoon from 1.30pm to 3.30pm join us for our craft afternoon at the Centre, a great opportunity for anyone affected by cancer and people of all ages and ability to get together, make new friends and have a chat.
Crafts we do:

  • Card Making
  • Iris Folding
  • Sewing Cards
  • Silk Painting Cards
  • Decoupage
  • Rubber Stamping
  • Knitting – Bring your own

If you require further information, please contact Pamela Dutton on 0114 226 5666. Donations towards craft materials gratefully accepted.

Free Prescriptions
If you have cancer, you can apply for a certificate to allow you to get free prescriptions. This is called an exemption certificate. You qualify for an exemption certificate if you are receiving treatment for:

  • cancer
  • the effects of cancer
  • the effects of current or previous cancer treatment

You can get a form to apply for the certificate from your GP, pharmacy or from your cancer clinic. Your GP or hospital doctor will need to sign the form.

The certificate lasts for five years and can be renewed if you are still eligible. Once you have the certificate you won’t have to pay for any prescriptions, even for medicines that aren't related to your cancer treatment. You just show the certificate to the pharmacist when you go to get your medicines.

You might not need an exemption certificate if you are already entitled to free prescriptions. For example, if you are over 60 years, or under 16 years of age, or you are receiving certain benefits. 

Holistic Needs Assessment
A Holistic Needs Assessment is a discussion with your doctor or nurse to talk about your physical, emotional and social needs. The focus is on you as a whole – not just your illness. Your doctor or nurse will need information from you. You decide how much information you would like to share about your current situation. This is an opportunity for you to talk about any worries or concerns you may have. It will help to clarify your needs and ensure that you are referred to those who can help you best. In order to prepare for this discussion, you may be asked to complete a questionnaire.

You may be offered a Holistic Needs Assessment at diagnosis, during treatment or after treatment has ended. You can ask for an assessment at any time if you feel it would help.

The assessment usually has three parts:
1. You answer a simple set of questions or fill in a checklist about all areas of your life.
2. You discuss answers with your healthcare professional
3. You create a care plan together.

The care plan may include ideas to help you manage your concerns. It will also include contact details for organisations or services that could help, such as the benefits team or a dietitian.

You will be offered a copy of this plan to take away with you. It may also be shared with other members of your healthcare team if it will help with your care.

Welfare advice
Financial issues can cause worry when someone becomes ill. You may be able to claim benefits to help you in your situation.  Trained advisors are available to support you with:

  • Financial concerns
  • Benefits that may be available to you
  • Advise on managing debts
  • Housing problems
  • Employment rights whether you are employed or self-employed.

Details of how to access the Welfare Advice Service in your local area can be found  HERE

Psychological Support
Many people use psychological and self-help therapies as a source of support during and after their treatment. If you are having some difficult feelings it may help to talk openly with your family and friends. Speaking to a counsellor or psychologist can also help you cope with confusing or upsetting emotions. For further information please click HERE

Sheffield Cancer Survivorship and Late Effects Service
Bringing together an expert team consisting of nurses, consultants, psychologists and medical specialists, our late effects services provide holistic care so that you can live as healthy and active life as possible, for as long as possible, after cancer treatment  You will be advised about the clinic if your clinician feels it could be beneficial.