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Early Diagnosis Days

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Dealing with a primary cancer diagnosis can be incredibly difficult, but our team is here to help.

Early Diagnosis Days

Many times when patients hear the word cancer it can be understandably terrifying.
Our Early Diagnosis days are aimed at making sure those patients get the tools they need to be able to manage not only their symptoms but also their expectations, their emotions and the logistics of a huge change.

Who can use this service?
To qualify, you will:
• Be registered with a Rossendale GP
• Have a primary cancer diagnosis
• Want further support in a group environment

We understand that you may be hesitant about accessing this service or are unsure as to whether it is for you. Please feel free to ring our clinical services team who will put your mind at ease with an informal chat.
We can even arrange for you to visit to have a look around our facilities.

You may also wish to speak to your GP or District Nurse about our service. Referrals are accepted by all professionals involved with your care, but you can self-refer by calling 01706 253633

What will I get access to?
As a patient you will have:

•A safe space to talk, ask questions and share your experiences
• Access to counselling and psychotherapy if appropriate
• Use of complementary therapies including but not limited to Reiki, massage, reflexology and aromatherapy
• Space to gain peer support from others with similar diagnosis, treatments or surgeries
• 1-1 support
• Further signposting and referrals to other necessary services when appropriate

Sessions are led by a Rossendale Hospice RGN and HCA and can be accessed by patients prior to, during and/or following treatments.
The number of sessions will be dependent on your needs but are approximately 8-12 weeks.
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How will it help?

When facing a diagnosis of cancer or another life changing illness, you may find that you struggle to cope. You may feel overwhelmed by concerns about the diagnosis or treatment and by worries about the future.

These sessions can help you explore these concerns and find new ways of coping and making desired changes. Therapy can be effective in many different ways but can generally be helpful in dealing with:

  • Coping with the stress of treatment and disruption to normal life
  • Managing anxiety and depression
  • Issues of loss connected with health and/or physical changes
  • Coping with unexpected changes that arise as a result of illness and treatment, such as early menopause or loss of fertility
  • Interruptions to or loss of career
  • Loss of self confidence
  • Fears about the future
  • Relationship problems caused by the strain of prolonged illness and treatment
  • Adjustment to living with cancer or other life-limiting illnessgrief.png
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