Our Vision

 

 

Stomach, Oesophageal Support including Liver & Pancreatic Cancer.

Cancer Support Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Vision

We believe that together we can create a world where everyone living with cancer:

• is enabled to do so with dignity and free from unnecessary fear

• has access to information, support and companionship at all stages of their journey

• can live life to the full, with friends and families in accordance with their wishes

• participates as fully as they choose in all decisions relating to their care and comfort

 

SOS strives to work towards this vision through its mission.

Our Mission Statement

SOS - Cancer Support exists to enhance and complement the care offered to people living with cancer, their carers, family and friends, from the Morecambe Bay Trust.

The Support Group was established by a group of Patients and Carers with personal experience of cancer. The objective is to provide a support service for those on a cancer journey by providing easy access to specialist information, support and comfort. The aim is to improve a person’s quality of life, provide well-being and encourage a stronger resolve for self-help.

The support service is designed to be person-centred, non-judgemental and available to all in need.

Talking about Cancer

Hearing that you or a loved one has cancer is overwhelming and stressful, but there are tips and tools to help you adjust to and deal in the best way possible with this diagnosis. One way to begin is to make sure you and your health care team, friends and loved ones, and employer understand each other. Everyone is there to work with you, so you need to clearly say what you need from them. By communicating well with other, you stand to be as successful as possible in this situation. Some tips to keep in mind:

 

•Speak openly and honestly with friends and loved ones. They need information from you to make sure your needs are addressed.

 

•Make sure your doctor listens and understands your needs and concerns. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t think you are being understood. To make sure you’ve been understood, it is often helpful to repeat back to the doctor what you understood him/her to say.

 

•Ask questions and gather information. Make sure you understand and that you have the best information you can have to make decisions.

 

•Make a plan with your team for your treatment and care. Getting that plan in writing or electronic form is ideal but not always possible in every situation. Knowing what to expect can help you feel more at ease and able to address issues better as they arise.

 

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