Life Style with Prostate Cancer
Exercise, travel, nutrition and health and social care advice
"Living Well with Cancer" Courses. At the Group meeting on 9th March two patients mentioned the value of the Penny Brohn "Living Well" courses for cancer patients. Courses are now being run at locations on the Sussex Coast. There is more information here.
New Survey about advice given to cancer patients on physical activity.
Researchers from Northumbria University are investigating what advice people diagnosed with cancer are receiving about physical activity. They hope to find out what, if any, advice is being given about physical activity, and how this advice meets the needs of the people it is being given to. To do this they have designed a short survey to give people diagnosed with cancer the opportunity to provide information about their experiences. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Taking part in this survey is completely voluntary and any information provided would be kept completely anonymous so it could not be traced back the person who has provided it. This survey is part of a research project which has received institutional research ethics approval.
If you have previously had a cancer diagnosis and have been treated in the United Kingdom they would be very grateful if you could complete the survey. The more people who take part, the better understanding they can get about how advice about physical activity is given out and thus how to improve the way it is given. The survey can be reached by clicking on the following link https://goo.gl/forms/GaAK81TJVu877Tj93
If you would like more detail about the survey or any of the topics being covered email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Exercise Opportunities
Macmillan Nurses, working in partnership with Albion in the Community, the charitable arm of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, are promoting an initiative to ensure physical activity can be made available to people living with and beyond cancer across Sussex: Move More Sussex.
Research has shown that staying active is safe and beneficial in most cases of cancer. The benefits can include less fatigue, improved mood and survival, reduced disease progression and a decrease in risk of recurrence. Being active to recommended levels can also help reduce the risk of other health conditions such as coronary heart disease and diabetes type 2. Suitable exercise programmes are becoming available in our Group area. In most cases, no GP approval is necessary to participate. A 1-2-1 assessment by a suitably qualified trainer is the first step. .
This initiative meets NICE guidance for supervised exercise for prostate cancer sufferers having hormone treatment.
‘If you are going through a cancer journey, or have been in the last 5 years, and would like more support in getting more physically active and finding the right activity for you why not let Albion in the Community and Move More Sussex support you? For more information please contact: Siobhan Meaker or Angie Steel on: 01273 668591 or mob: 07876 898045 or email: email@example.com
Siobhan spoke at our 21st July 2016 Group meeting and you can find the notes of the meeting here.
Useful films - Lifestyle with Prostate Cancer
Travel and prostate cancer: updated fact sheet
There is a nutritionist resource available to those who would like advice on healthy eating options with cancer. Go to: http://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk/articles/cancer.html
Healthwatch West Sussex
If you need help and advice in respect of health and social care services, support with a complaint against an NHS funded service, or you wish to share your experience, you can find Healthwatch West Sussex at your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). There are CAB centres in Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Lancing, Littlehampton, Shoreham-by-Sea and Worthing. Further details including opening times can be found at: www.healthwatchwestsussex.co.uk.