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Free ‘Cancer Demystified’ Webinars for Secondary Care Professionals

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Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance is pleased to offer free Cancer Demystified webinar training for staff working in cancer services at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

Cancer Demystified training aims to provide both clinical and non-clinical colleagues with a wider understanding of cancer and the associated terminology. The sessions, which can be accessed online and last around 60 minutes, help build confidence to have potentially difficult conversations about cancer with those affected by it. Each webinar covers a different topic, from the staging and grading of cancer and how chemotherapy works, to in-depth descriptions of different cancer types and more. A link to the full list of modules can be found here.

The free sessions are available to Trust staff working in cancer services until 31st March 2022.

For more information and to sign up, email admin.hcvcanceralliance@nhs.net.

Over 2,020 Cancer Champions are helping to encourage early detection of cancer in Humber, Coast and Vale region

By | Awareness and Early Diagnosis, Cancer Alliance

Over 2,020 Cancer Champions are helping to raise awareness of the symptoms of cancer and encourage early detection of cancer across Scarborough, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, Vale of York and North and North East Lincolnshire.

Detecting cancer early can increase chances of survival and the HCV Cancer Alliance’s Cancer Champion Programme aims to teach people about the early signs of cancer, and equip them with the information needed to engage in conversations about cancer.

Cancer Champions are able to use the knowledge gained from a free 90 minute session, to encourage their friends, family and colleagues to contact their GP if they are worried about a symptom of cancer, promote uptake of national cancer screening programmes and encourage healthy lifestyle choices to reduce the risk of cancer.

Cancer awareness sessions have been delivered in local schools, businesses, community venues, and more recently online. In August 2020, HCV Cancer Alliance introduced virtual sessions after face-to-face training was paused as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Emma Lewin, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the programme, explains: “We started delivering face-to-face awareness sessions in September 2018 and had set a goal of reaching 2,020 Cancer Champions in 2020. However, during the first wave of the pandemic all sessions were paused until further notice and we had to adapt in order to continue the programme and keep sharing the important messages about knowing your body and what is and isn’t normal for you.

“By introducing virtual sessions, we were pleased to be able to continue increasing the number of people in the HCV area equipped to have those potentially life-saving conversations within local communities.”

The programme has received positive feedback from participants, with one Cancer Champion saying: “This really opened my eyes and made me realise how important it is to educate yourself, your loved ones, friends and the public on cancer and possibly catch it earlier to save someone’s life.” Another recently trained Cancer Champion said: “Given how common cancer is, it made me really think about how little I talk about it with family and friends.”

To sign up for a free 90 minute cancer awareness session or to find out more, visit https://hcvcanceralliance.org.uk/cancerchampions/

Meet the Team: Cancer Champions

By | Awareness and Early Diagnosis, Cancer Alliance, Cancer Champions

Over the last two years, Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance have helped to raise awareness of cancer by delivering free Cancer Champion awareness sessions to over 2,000 people across the Humber, Coast and Vale region.

Here you can find out more about the trainers behind the programme, as Emma, Zoe and Sarah share information about the programme, their roles and what it means to be a Cancer Champion.

Photo of Emma Lewin, volunteer co-ordinator is stood in front of a brick wall holdig a photo prop of the Cancer Champions logo. Emma is looking at the camera and smiling. She has blonde shoulder length hair, a fringe and glasses. She is wearing a pink top and grey trousers.

Emma Lewin
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Tell us a little bit about yourself
I have worked for the NHS for 8 years in administrative roles after working in the private sector in a variety of industries. I received a Business Administration degree last year (quite a few years after leaving school at the age of 16).

I have a 10 year old daughter and was very proud when she was telling me about the nurse coming to her school to talk about “body changes” and they mentioned about breast checking and how important this is. She told them, “I already know about this, as mummy talks about doing this in her job”.

What is the best part of your job?
I have loved getting out and about to deliver the Cancer Champion sessions around Humber, Coast and Vale area over the last 2 years and have met hundreds of people, helped make them aware about the early signs and symptoms of cancer and heard their stories.

During the first lockdown, we were able to develop our Cancer Champion workshops so that we could continue to deliver them albeit virtually, so that we can continue sharing the important messages about cancer and screening.

What does delivering Cancer Champion awareness sessions mean to you?
I was diagnosed in 2002 with a benign brain tumour and received stereotactic radiotherapy which shrank it in size and meant that no further treatment was required. I also have friends and family who have been diagnosed with cancer and this is something that inspires me to want to help more people to be aware of those early signs and symptoms of cancer and help them to seek assistance early.

If you share one piece of advice about cancer, what would it be?
Know your body – what is “normal” for you and be aware if anything changes; a lump that appears, a cough that doesn’t clear or sudden weight loss/gain without trying and that if something changes to seek medical assistance.

Sarah Patten
Project Officer

Tell us a little bit about yourself
I joined the Cancer Champion programme in 2019 after my best friend was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She was only 36, had two young children and was recently separated from her husband. I’ll never forget her words “I have breast cancer, I’m scared I’m going to die”. Thankfully the cancer hadn’t spread and I supported her through her cancer treatment, seeing first hand, the impact her diagnosis had, on both her and her family. It was at the same time I learnt that 1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.

As a Cancer Champion trainer, I love being able to inspire people to feel confident talking about cancer and to promote the importance of the NHS cancer screening programmes, all of which aim to detect cancer at an early stage.

Photo of Sarah Patten stood in front of a brick wall. Sarah has short dark hair and is looking at the camera smiling. She is holding a photo prop which is of an enlarged Cancer Champion logo.

What is the best part of your job?
Receiving the ‘Cancer Champion Pledges’ after each session.   It’s fantastic when you read what impact the session has had and reading how Cancer Champions plan to use their ‘new’ knowledge about cancer, signs and symptoms and to share our vital cancer messages. A great example, “I pledge to encourage my children to get into good habits of self-checking themselves on a regular basis and to continue to do so. I also now have the information and knowledge to talk confidently and sign post people I come into contact with regarding getting checked out when necessary.”

What does delivering Cancer Champion awareness sessions mean to you?
I feel extremely privileged to be able to support people to recognise the early signs and symptoms of cancer, and truly believe that our programme of awareness makes a huge difference, enabling people to detect cancer as early as possible. It’s fantastic to be able to embrace the new ‘virtual’ world of delivering Cancer Champion awareness sessions, allowing us to reach many more people over a large geographical area.

If you share one piece of advice about cancer, what would it be?
Try to surround yourself with a network of people who remind you regularly how fantastic you’re doing, who encourage you to share how you’re feeling, remind you to celebrate the good days and accept there will be bad days. #itsokaytonotbeokay

Photo of Zoe Bounds standing in front of a brick wall. Zoe is holding a photo prop of the Cancer Champion logo. Zoe is smiling and has shoulder length, dark, hair.

Zoe Bounds
Project Officer

Tell us a little bit about yourself
First and foremost I’m a Mum to 4 amazing children. I’m an ex special needs teacher and twice cancer survivor having had Ovarian cancer in 1995 at the age of 17 and Breast cancer in 2013 at 35. I originate from the Midlands and brought my children up in Cornwall. Whilst I miss the Cornish beaches, I’m very much at home here in York, especially having found a couple of stunning beaches on the Yorkshire coast.  I run a local breast cancer support charity in my spare time and my weekends are spent walking my dog Riley, watching my son play football or cooking with my daughter. I can bake far too well and I crochet not well enough.

What is the best part of your job?
Making a lasting, often life-long impact on people’s lives. The messages we deliver can be passed out far and wide as well as down the generations and have the potential to save many lives. Recently, I had a message from someone had heard me speak about cancer awareness. She wrote “A few months ago I found a lump. Thanks to you I knew how to check. It turned out it was ‘just’ a cyst but if it hadn’t been for you I might not have known to check myself regularly. I just wanted to say thank you and keep doing what you do”. This is all the evidence I need to continue to have a passion for spreading cancer awareness.

What does delivering Cancer Champion awareness sessions mean to you?
It’s personal. I often joke that I’m so fed up of cancer forcing its way into my life that I have taken this job to gain some control over which area of my life it is involved with… but seriously, I do want to combine my cancer experiences with my teaching skills to try and limit the amount of people who have similar experiences to mine as both my cancers were found at stage 3, so my treatments have been gruelling and left me with lifelong side effects, as well as seriously impacting on my family and friends around me.

If you share one piece of advice about cancer, what would it be?
Cancer isn’t going away any time soon, so let’s protect ourselves with the information we need to spot cancers at the earliest possible stage, so that they can be treated less invasively and have the most successful outcomes. I’m sure we’d all agree that cancer isn’t the most cheery of subjects, but knowing that 1 in 2 people in the UK will develop cancer in their life time and that more than 50% of people diagnosed with cancer survive it, clearly shows that cancer isn’t necessarily a death sentence anymore.

The Cancer Champion team do our best to make the session light and add some humour and we know it’s well received. One of our recently trained Cancer Champions told us “In those short 90 minutes I leant so much about cancer and also really enjoyed myself – something I didn’t expect with such a serious topic!”

Become a Cancer Champion

It’s easier than you think to make a difference. Take part in free a 90 minute cancer awareness session and learn how to spot the early signs and symptoms of cancer.

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October 2020 Stakeholder Update

By | Cancer Alliance

Click here to view our October 2020 stakeholder update.

Update (30th October 2020): The NHS Lung Health Check Service, which was due to re-start in Hull on 3rd November 2020,  will continue to be paused due to Covid-19. Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance is in on-going discussions with partner organisations regarding the re-start and will provide more information once available.

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Free Share and Learn event for cancer support groups within Humber, Coast and Vale region

By | Cancer Alliance, Living with and Beyond Cancer

Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance (HCV CA) is inviting cancer support groups to take part in a free online share and learn event.

Support groups from Scarborough and Ryedale, Hull, Vale of York, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire are invited to take part in the free event which will take place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 4 November 2020, 7pm – 8pm.

Recognising that many support groups across the HCV region have either paused or adapted their services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the event aims to provide local groups with an opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, meet similar groups from across the region and learn about the work of the Alliance.

The Cancer Alliance brings together all the organisations that commission and provide cancer services in the HCV area, enabling effective and co-ordinated partnership working to improve patient experience. By working in collaboration with local cancer support groups, the Alliance aims to ensure their work is informed and influenced by patients, carers, the public and other key stakeholders.

Alison Cockerill, Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme Manager at HCV CA will be leading the online event and said: “Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we have spoken with several cancer support groups from across our region that have either paused their activities or have had to adapt in order to continue supporting those living with and beyond cancer.

“As an Alliance, we want to ensure our population is aware of the health and wellbeing support available and that groups have an opportunity to network, share and learn from each other within a supportive environment.

“We will also be using the event to update local support groups about some of the exciting work that is taking place across the Alliance, for example the recent launch of a new NHS England and NHS Improvement Quality of Life Survey which recognises that quality of life (QoL) outcomes are as important to patients as survival and asks patients ‘how are you doing?’.

Representatives from Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Care Map will also be attending the event, as the Alliance continues to raise awareness of health and wellbeing support from across the HCV region and beyond.

To find out more about Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance, visit www.hcvcanceralliance.org.uk or click here to sign up for the event.

If you are interested in adding your cancer support group to the Humber, Coast and Vale directory, please email karenlindley@nhs.net.

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Healthcare Professionals urge public to ‘help us help you’ by getting cancer symptoms checked and attending routine appointments

By | Cancer Alliance

Healthcare professionals across the Humber, Coast and Vale (HCV) region are appealing for the public to contact their GP if they are worried about a symptom that could be cancer, as new research found that nearly half (48%) of the public would delay or not seek medical help at all.

A fifth (22%) would not want to be a burden on the health service while a similar number said that fear of getting coronavirus or passing it onto others was a major reason for not getting help.

Health and care professionals from across the HCV region, have pulled out all the stops to keep cancer services going

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Dr Dan Cottingham, CRUK GP Lead

throughout the pandemic, with over 90% of patients urgently referred being seen by a specialist within two weeks.

Dr Dan Cottingham, Cancer Research UK GP Lead for HCV Cancer Alliance said: “People should not hesitate to get help if they are worried about a symptom that may be cancer, such as:

  • unexplained blood that isn’t from an obvious injury
  • a lump
  • weight loss which feels significant
  • an unexplained pain that lasts three or more weeks

“Cancer is easier to treat when it’s caught at an earlier stage and we are asking members of the public to help us help you by coming forward for a check that could save your life.” Dr Stuart Baugh, Clinical Director for HCV Cancer Alliance said:

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“People who have already been invited for an appointment are encouraged to attend, whether that be a routine screening appointment, an invitation for treatment or an appointment with your GP.

“Healthcare providers have introduced a range of measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff, including the use of PPE, COVID-secure areas, and phone or virtual appointments.

“To highlight the measures that have been put in place at Trusts within the HCV region, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust have created virtual ‘walkthrough’ videos and patients are advised to watch the video or contact their medical team should they have any concerns about accessing NHS services during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

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Cancer Alliance News – Autumn 2020

By | Cancer Alliance

 Click here to read the latest edition of Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance News.

In this edition, we hear from Dr Stuart Baugh, Clinical Director of Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance as he outlines our plans for recovery and highlights the importance of attending hospital appointments when invited.

Find out about a new Quality of Life survey which launches in September, read about our new virtual Cancer Champion awareness sessions and discover our new online hub where those living with and beyond cancer, their friends and family, or anyone with questions or concerns about accessing NHS services can find useful, reliable and up to date information.

If you would like to feature in our next edition, please email comms.hcvcanceralliance@nhs.net[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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