The group has been going since January 2010, and we have had a number of speakers giving us helpful information. I have split this down into a number of different categories.
Dawn Dawson & Lisa Harris, Head & Neck Cancers and their treatment.
Dawn Dawson, Fatigue & Exercises
Carol Glaister – Communication after Head & Neck Cancer & Linzie Priestall, Speech Therapist at Russells Hall Hospital. Communication after Head & Neck Cancer
Louise Brodrick, Speech & Language Therapist – Caring for your voice and effects on swallowing after head & neck treatment.
Download Handouts :-
PDF Document “How we swallow” Click on link to download. swallowing
Carol Glaister –Exercises to Improve Swallowing
Louise Brodrick, Speech & Language Therapist – Relaxation Techniques. Louise has provided a link to a useful web page http://www.innerhealthstudio.com/index.html
A company called A.S Saliva Orthana gave us details of their products for treating a dry mouth. Dry Mouth Leaflet and where to spray Where to Spray For a link to their website go to http://www.aspharma.co.uk/index.htm
Food & Drink
Sue Merrick, Dietician – Fortisip & other Recipes
Dr Yvonne Lewis, Clinical Psychologist – Coping with the emotions
Alison Littleford, The Cedars Education Centre, Coping with Crises
Dr Yvonne Lewis, Clinic Psychologist had a group discussion on members concerns especially when undergoing radiotherapy using a mask. She talked about ways to reduce anxiety with reference to a self-help website http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/anxiety.htm
Hilary Waite, Macmillian Support and Information Centre
Cancer Advocacy and Support Project :-
This is a project between Macmillan & the Beth Johnson Foundation and is for anyone aged 50 or over who has been affected with cancer. The aim is to resolve any issues or difficulties, cancer related or not, to ultimately improve your quality of life. They are also looking for volunteers to support the project.
For more details click on the link beth johnson for a pdf file.
Lorraine Mason, Macmillan Benefits Advisor. Benefits for people affected by cancer.
Linda Turner, Macmillan Outreach based in Wolverhampton Central Library. Linda was running a new course for people living with Cancer. For details click here
Pat Roberts, Patient Advisory Cancer Team (PACT)
Carol & Dawn, Patient Information Prescriptions
If you live in Wolverhampton, you may qualify for special service which includes knowledge of Obturators. Click Dental Leaflet for details
If you are worried about treatment, there is an “Anxiety Management” service. dental anxiety service (sorry about quality of print)