What should you know about cancer?
Cancer is a condition where cells grow and reproduce uncontrollably. Cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. This often begins in one part of the body before spreading.
There are more than 200 types of cancer. Half of all people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lives and one in four people will die from it.
There are more people in the area living with cancer than Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure and dementia combined.
Despite this the area has one of the best one-year survival rates for cancer patients in England. Research has shown that 43 per cent of newly diagnosed cases of cancer are caused by avoidable life choices, such as smoking, drinking and poor diet. This means that if people work to improve their lifestyles by quitting smoking, reducing the amount of alcohol they drink and cutting down the quantities of fatty and sugary foods they eat, they can make a dramatic difference to their risk of developing cancer.
Contact details for local sources of help.
The Macmillan Cancer Information Centre Wexham Park Hospital
The Macmillan Cancer Information Centre is open 4 days a week from 10am-4pm. For updated variations to these times and days, please check at: https://www.fhft.nhs.uk/services/cancer-care/macmillan-cancer-support/
In addition to offering expert support for people living with cancer, their families and friends, the centre is also able to signpost to other agencies who specialise in:
- support services for patients and carers
- living well with cancer and managing symptoms
- exercise classes and nutrition advice
- complementary therapies counselling for individuals, families, partners.
Macmillan Cancer Support
The national charity has local support groups which you can join. To find one which is of interest to you, visit: www.macmillan.org.uk/in-your-area/choose-location.html
You can find the practical help and support groups nearest to you by entering your postcode into this website or you can call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 0000, Monday to Friday 9am-8pm.
The ones in or nearest to North East Hampshire and Farnham are:
- Bluebells Cancer Support Centre, Farnham
- Frimley Gynaecology Cancer Support Group
- Kindred Spirits Choir, Farnborough
Nepali-speaking Cancer Awareness Group - Farnborough
Prospect Community Centre, 201 Mayfield Rd, Farnborough GU14 8UB
Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice
Phyllis Tuckwell is the only Hospice Care service for adult patients, and their families, across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire, in the Hospice, at the Beacon Centre, in patients’ own homes and in the community.
For many patients, when a cure is not possible, hospice care helps manage pain and improves the quality of life for both the patient and their family.
Seeking care through Phyllis Tuckwell isn’t about giving up hope or hastening death, but rather a way to get the most appropriate care in the last phase of life.
Tel: 01252 729 400
Address: Waverley Lane,Farnham,Surrey.GU9 8BL
Rushmoor Healthy Living
Delivering a variety of projects across the local community, working together with individuals, groups and companies with the aim of improving people’s health and wellbeing, whether through exercise and rehabilitation classes or through health education.
Tel: 01252 362 660
In partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, Surrey Heath has launched the Community Cancer Navigator Service. Offering personalised information and support to anyone whose life is touched by cancer, the service signposts people to manage everyday life by connecting them to the resources they need.
To get in touch, please contact:
- Tele: 07880 502267