Patients often tell us how ‘frightened, uncertain, hopeless and helpless’ they feel when they are being investigated for a suspected cancer and when that diagnosis is confirmed. They share with us the worry they have for themselves and their family as they embark on treatment and how the isolation they feel can be overwhelming not knowing where to turn for the help and support they need. The Cancer Information and Support Service is here to help at every stage from diagnosis, through treatment, supportive care, life after cancer and at the end of life.
Often likened to a stone in a pond, a diagnosis of cancer creates ripples across every aspect of life. These ripples touch anything and anyone they make contact with. As well as the physical impact, we know how difficult the emotional, financial and practical effects can be. On these pages you will find a range of resources that you may find useful at different times during and after you finish treatment.
In light of Covid-19, the way in which we are delivering these services needs to be reviewed and adapted. Patient access to cancer information and support forms part of the Cancer Strategy, and historically something that we have excelled at.
“To provide quality assured information, support and education on all aspects of cancer and its effects to patients, carers and health care professionals across Harrogate and Rural District communities. Deliverable through written, verbal and virtual means, and is easily accessible at the individual’s preferred place and time of need.”