Wellbeing programme for people affected by cancer 

If you have a red cell condition and receive your care at UCLH, please see our Guide to the supportive services for red cell haematology patients.

We have designed our programme of activities, including workshops, groups and courses, in response to the issues raised by people who have been affected by cancer.

These activities aim to support you at any stage of your care pathway – from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. We believe that with access to the right support and information you will be better able to cope with the impact of cancer and its treatment on your life. 

The activities take place in the Macmillan Support and Information Centre located on the ground floor of the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre on Huntley Street.

 

  • Look Good, Feel Better

    Expert advice on skin care and make-up. Following the session a My New Hair specialist is available for individual advice on hair care/colour.

    For more information, please see the wellbeing programe.

  • Work after a cancer diagnosis

    Are you in work, thinking about returning to work or looking for a new job since you were diagnosed with cancer?

    Do you know your workplace rights?

    Would you like information about work-related financial support?

    This workshop will give you practical information and advice concerning any work-related issues you may be facing and financial support you may be entitled to. It is open to all cancer patients and their families and friends.

    These workshops are part of the Health and Wellbeing event, for more information please see the Health and Wellbeing section below.

  • Managing fatigue

    Do you have low energy? Do you struggle with chores and tasks that you were more able to do before having cancer treatment? Do you find it difficult to concentrate or keep your focus?

    This talk will explore theory, practical tips and ideas on managing fatigue and improving the energy you have.

    A few comments from those who attended the workshop:

    “I feel more motivated to make lifestyle changes.” “I have found the workshop helpful and will share insights with others who are having treatment.”

    These workshops are included in the Health and Wellbeing event, for more information please see the Health and Wellbeing section below.

  • Overcoming sleep problems

    Do you find it difficult to fall asleep? Or maybe you wake up in the night or wake up too early?

    If you are having sleep problems, this workshop will give you some tips and techniques to help you overcome them.

    You will also learn a relaxation exercise that will help to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep.

    The sessions is run by two support and information specialists.

    A few comments from those who attended the workshop:

    “Lots of good tips!”

    “Very glad I came.”

     “I am more motivated to help myself achieve a sleep routine.”

    ”I am more aware of what steps to take.”

    These workshops are included in the Health and Wellbeing event, for more information please see the Health and Wellbeing section below.

  • Questions about diet and nutrition?

    Whether you have just been diagnosed with cancer, are undergoing treatment or have finished treatment, you can learn about the importance of nutrition during our diet and nutrition sessions run by our dietitian.

    A few comments from those who attended our diet and nutrition sessions:

    “Got answers to my questions.”

    “Very informative – thank you very much.”

    These workshops are part of the Health and Wellbeing event, for more information please see the Health and Wellbeing section below.

  • Physical activity

    If you would like to be more active, come along to one of our Physical Activity Talks where we cover:

    • The benefits of being physically active
    • How to exercise safely during and after treatment
    • How to get started
    • How to access local exercise schemes.

    A few comments from those who attended the talk:

    “Very informative.”

    “Found the advice very helpful and well presented. Thank you.”

    “Very helpful and constructive.”

    These workshops are included in the Health and Wellbeing event, for more information please see the Health and Wellbeing section below.

  • Yoga

    Our yoga sessions are gentle and calming and aim to refresh your mind, body and spirit. The classes focus on breathing awareness, gentle classical yoga movements and a deep relaxation practice called Yoga Nidra, helping you find a place of quiet calm within yourself.

    A few comments from those who attended the yoga sessions:

    “The yoga is amazing. It really helps you to understand your body’s energy flow and that you should nurture it.”

    “Everybody with health problems should do it. I am much better now in so many ways and much more aware of what I can do to help myself.”

    “I felt my body gradually strengthening, releasing and becoming more flexible. The relaxation at the end enabled me to feel more connected.”

    For more information, please see the wellbeing programe.

  • Creative word

    The creative writing sessions are run by a volunteer and one of our support and information specialists. The sessions are an opportunity to do something new in a supportive environment with other people who understand what you may be going through.

    You don’t need to have any previous experience or knowledge of creative writing.

    Everyone is welcome: patients with a cancer or haematological diagnosis and their family members, carers and friends

     

    A few comments from those who attended the sessions:

    “It has been a life saver. I make a real effort to pluck myself out of my home to attend regularly. It has improved my self-esteem and halted a tendency to lapse into depression.”

    “It has brought back hope to me when I had given up.”

    For more information, please see the wellbeing programe.

  • Relaxation

    The relaxation sessions are chair-based and focus on mindful breathing techniques that aim to create a sense of wellbeing and help you feel calmer. You will also have an opportunity to learn some relaxation techniques to use at home.

    Everyone is welcome: cancer patients, family members, carers and friends.

    These workshops are included in the Health and Wellbeing event, for more information please see the Health and Wellbeing section below.

    One-to-one relaxation sessions are available through our complementary therapy service for UCLH patients. Please see more information about this on our complementary therapy page.

  • HOPE Course (Helping to Overcome Problems Effectively)

    HOPE is a six-week self-management course enabling you to better cope with the day-to-day emotional and practical impact of cancer after treatment. It provides the opportunity to:

    • Refocus on your inner strengths
    • Apply goal-setting tools to build confidence
    • Increase your resilience with the support of others.

    Booking is essential – please drop in and speak to one of our support and information specialists or call 020 3447 8663.

    A few comments from those who attended the course:

    “I have learnt to use positive thinking to move forward with my life.”

    I enjoyed meeting other people in a similar situation to me… It was a friendly and supportive atmosphere each week.”

    For more information, please see the wellbeing programe.

  • Anxiety management

    Anxiety management is an eight-week course that can help you to identify and manage your anxieties more effectively. The course, aimed at patients who have finished or are coming to the end of their treatment, is led by Dr Mary Burgess, a clinical psychologist, and supported by a support and information specialist. It involves a combination of discussions and teaching, and focuses on the following topics:

    • Recognising and managing anxiety effectively
    • Problem solving
    • Communication and relationships.

    Booking is essential - please drop in and speak to one of our support and information specialists or call 020 3447 8663.

    For more information, please see the wellbeing programe.

  • How to book

    Please check our latest programme for dates. To book on a workshop or course, or to find out about the availability, please call the service on 020 3447 8663 and ask to speak to one of the support and information specialists , or email supportandinformation@uclh.nhs.uk.

    If you receive your care or have finished treatment at UCLH, you will be able to access all of the activities. If you receive care elsewhere, please speak to one of the support and information specialists to find out which activities you will be able to take part in.

    If you are a family member or carer of a UCLH patient, some activities will be available to you as well – please contact the service to find out more.

  • Health and wellbeing event

    Our Health and Wellbeing Event is for patients who have recently completed or are coming to the end of their treatment.

    You can attend the whole event or just the parts that are most useful to you and can bring someone with you, if you like.

    The day will include:

    • A range of workshops, run by healthcare professionals, on fatigue, sleep, physical activity, work and cancer, diet and relaxation.
    • A complementary therapy session – learning self-hand massage and relaxation techniques.
    • A chance to speak to others and share experiences

    For more information, please see the wellbeing programe.

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