Have you finished treatment within the last year?
FORCE’s Moving Forward Programme is designed to help
FORCE has launched a new programme for patients who have finished their treatment within the last year.
The five-week course is designed to help people adjust to life after treatment – a time when fewer appointments and less regular contact with the hospital can feel like a safety net has been removed.
The sessions will be led by FORCE Information Manager Annie Kerr and Oncology Support Specialist Emma Ellis.
“The time beyond treatment can be difficult,” said Annie. “People often feel pressure from family and friends to ‘get back to normal,’ however they still may be reeling from the physical, emotional and practical demands of treatment. The programme is designed to help people deal with some of those demands and pressures, and to help support them through a time of adjustment.”
A diagnosis of cancer can create a ripple effect through people’s lives. The course has been created with some of the common themes which recur for people coming to the end of their treatment.
Each group will be limited to 10 people with each of them asked for a commitment to attend all five sessions.
“Talking about shared experiences is a really important part of this programme” said Emma. “Having an opportunity to express how it has been at this stage of the process with peers who have an understanding like no-one else can be a part of the healing which starts to happen after treatment. At the end of the five weeks we hope everyone will have identified what they need to prioritise for themselves and how best they can move forward”.
The programme has been created after considering feedback from a patient survey and a team of experienced professionals, working alongside patients and their families. These include nurses, oncology support specialists and an oncology physiotherapist.
Each session offers a psychologically supportive environment allowing for discussion, support and information. There will also be guidance on managing anxiety with relaxation techniques – a natural antidote to stress.