The day was devised and facilitated by Rebecca Halstead, Lead PTS Clinical Nurse Specialist, focusing on patient feedback from the previous years to improve the content of this years’ event. The emphasis was to provide support, education and enable networking between patients, their families and the team. Presentations were given by both Patients who had undergone treatment and members of patients’ families which were emotional but inspiring to everyone in the room.

Lunchtime saw an interactive session with a number of stalls manned by Christie professionals including, Stoma care, look good feel better, the Christie Charity, Pseudomyxoma Survivor, Dieticians and Macmillan.  The complementary therapy team also offered treatments to willing participants! 

Consultants, Dieticians and Occupational Therapists presented on useful insights into developing the running of the service, research, nutrition and fatigue management. There was a lively question and answer session which allowed the patients and their relatives to quiz some of our Consultants. 

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and highlighted the supportive nature of the day.

We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the day and the wonderful feedback that we have already received.

Our next Patient Day will take place on the 29th of April 2020.

Charity

We are very grateful to all of our supporters who have raised funds for The Christie Charity.

Any donation small or large allows us to support patients directly but also provides vital resources for education and research. The Colorectal and Peritoneal Oncology centre (CPOC) has specific named funds under the umbrella of the Christie Charity: should you wish any donation to go directly to these funds please let us know. The specific funds are Research (A00219), Education (A00331) and Generic (A00089) so if you wish your donation to be allocated for a specific purpose or project we can accommodate this.

Over the last five years we have been able to use the funds for the following:

New Equipment: Video links / equipment; Non invasive ventilation device; Co2 insufflation for endoscopy; PIPAC intraperitoneal insufflation devices        

Education: Enhanced Video recording and live links from laparoscopic theatre to Auditorium; Allied health professionals and trainees to attend courses / association meetings; AHP course development

Research staff and projects: Pre-habilitation for Major Surgery and Chemotherapy; Pathological classification validation in PMP/Appendix cancer; Cost effective analysis of CRS and HIPEC in PMCR; Evaluation of Genetic Biomarkers in predicting outcome in patients undergoing CRS +HIPEC for peritoneal metastases from colorectal cancer (PMCR); Evaluation of patient reported measures in anal cancer; PIPAC evaluation; Surgical oncology related research administration.

We are currently fundraising to support the development of an Academy of Surgical Oncology which will be a platform for CPOC to generate academic excellence in parallel with the clinical service

The presentations from the day are available below. 

Peritoneal Tumour Service - Professor O'Dwyer

Peritoneal Tumour Research - Professor Andrew G Renehan

Fatigue Management - Helen Bowker

Healthy Eating After Cancer - Jessica Bower