The day consisted of a number of presentations to support and inform the participants about the work that is taking place at The Christie. Our Maggie’s Centre Head Sinead Collins warmly talked about the wonderful service they offer to support patients and anyone touched by cancer.
We had 2 patient guest speakers, Jenni Wagstaffe and Andrew Kidd, who both gave an inspirational and emotional talk on their cancer journey. We also had a different perspective from our patient Steven Farrow’s wife, Kay who bravely shared her story about her loved one on their cancer journey together. We want to thank them for courageously sharing what was a difficult time, with us, our patients and their relatives.
The day was devised and facilitated by Rebecca Halstead, Lead PTS CNS with the help of a patient focus group and saw a number of the wider team attend throughout the day. Consultant surgeons and oncologist provided information on how the service is delivered, current and future including chemotherapy, immunotherapy trials and on overview of the research that the team has been undertaking.
Lunchtime saw an interactive session with a number of stalls manned by Christie professionals including, Stoma care, look good feel good, the Christie Charity, Pseudomyxoma Survivor, Beating Bowel Cancer and Macmillan. The complementary therapy team also offered treatments to willing participants!
Initial feedback on the day was very positive and a satisfaction survey was disseminated; results will be collated to assist us in improving the content for future events. We hope to run an annual event, the next one being the 9th of May 2019.
We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the day and the wonderful feedback that we have already received.
The presentations from the day are available below.