Bowel cancer networking group

The clinical nurse specialist team at The Christie Colorectal and Peritoneal Oncology Centre (CPOC) provide a bowel cancer networking group. This is for patients, their relatives and carers to attend both before and after cancer surgery.

The bowel cancer networking group offers emotional support and information, provides the opportunity to meet other people who have had similar treatment and also offers input from clinical nurse specialists and other health professionals as guest speakers.

The sessions have included talks from The Christie physiotherapists about getting back into exercise following treatment, including a Pilates session, a session surrounding fatigue management and support from our stoma care team as well as guest patient speakers sharing their cancer journeys.

Our upcoming bowel cancer networking group sessions

The bowel cancer networking group is held on the 3rd Thursday of every month. All sessions are held at the Maggie's Centre, Manchester. You can also attend meetings virtually if you prefer - please speak to your clinical nurse or Maggie's about this.

The upcoming sessions for 2023 are:

  • 19 January 2023
  • 16 February 2023
  • 16 March 2023
  • 20 April 2023
  • 18 May 2023
  • 15 June 2023
  • 20 July 2023
  • 17 August 2023
  • 21 September 2023
  • 19 October 2023
  • 16 November 2023
  • 21 December 2023

Please contact the colorectal nursing team on 0161 918 7001 or Maggie’s Manchester on 0161 641 4848 for the link to the virtual meetings. 

“Excellent structure and facilities, very informative guest speakers and lovely to hear other people’s views and stories” - Patient testimonial
“Really good meeting other patients and discussing areas of our experiences – many things to chat about and lovely to connect with other people who have been through similar surgery” - Patient testimonial
“I have moved since my surgery in Manchester so wouldn’t have been able to attend in person – I have found the virtual Christie support group helpful and recently was able to communicate with a gentleman in a similar position to myself who also had two stoma bags and share experiences” – Patient testimonial
“It was lovely to see you last week at the support group. Although I was very nervous at the time, I really enjoyed it - being able to meet the other people there was so great and I'm looking forward to hopefully getting to know everybody more in the future” - Patient testimonial

Last updated: February 2023

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