Projects to help cancer patients

At the MacMillan Launch are Jeff Ace, Ronnie Nicholson, Helen Keen and Janice Preston
At the MacMillan Launch are Jeff Ace, Ronnie Nicholson, Helen Keen and Janice Preston

Two projects to help cancer patients return to everyday life have been launched in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Move More and Regaining Wellbeing projects have been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support to reduce isolation and improve the support offered to people living with and beyond cancer in the region.

The speakers doing Move More Exercises.

The speakers doing Move More Exercises.

Macmillan invested £120,000 in Move More Dumfries and Galloway to help people diagnosed with cancer, together with their relatives and carers, get moving.

The programme, which has been specifically designed for people affected by cancer, offers access to gentle movement classes, circuits or group walks.

Regaining Wellbeing, which is part of the Macmillan’s £5 million Transforming Care After Treatment programme, aims to provide ongoing support when cancer treatment ends and help people self-manage their conditions and general health.

It also helps people access community support and activities within their local area through the creation of new groups or by linking with established community projects to ensure the availability of a wide range of pursuits.

The projects, which have been developed in partnership with NHS Dumfries and Galloway and Dumfries and Galloway Council, were launched at an event in Dumfries on November 16th.

Janice Preston, Head of Macmillan Services for Scotland, said: “More people than ever before are surviving cancer in Scotland but many of them are left with long term problems as a result of their illness or treatment. While support is often available to those trying to live their lives as fully as possible after treatment, many people don’t know where to find it and so don’t always get the support they need to recover or cope. Both our projects aim to address these issues by signposting them to local services and helping them to get active in a bid to reduce the loneliness and isolation many people feel after a diagnosis.” For more information: 01387 246950 or email: dg.macmillanwellbeing@nhs.net

Gary Small, Move More and TCAT Development Worker in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “The regaining wellbeing programme aims to continue cancer care when treatment ends for as long as the patient needs and wants it.

“This partnership, which includes Building Healthy Communities, NHS, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Paths for All and all Health and Social Care partners, will offer support and access to a wide range of community activities. Many patients can also be prepared and supported to self-manage their conditions and general health.”

Helen Mackintosh, Move More Development Officer, said: “When you’re living with or beyond cancer, physical activity can help you make a positive change to your life. Doctors used to advise people to rest as much as possible during and after cancer treatment, however, we now know that too much rest results in loss of muscle strength and leaves you with low energy levels.

“With this in mind Move More Dumfries and Galloway offers a free 12-session course of physical activity, tailored to suit the needs of individuals during and after cancer treatment, throughout the region.”