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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London hosted a conference on ‘Living with Cancer’ on Saturday 5 January 2013 in partnership with BAPS Charities, Macmillan Cancer Support and St Luke’s Hospice.
The event, which was open for anyone with questions and concerns or interested in learning more about cancer, was attended by approximately 60 delegates including youths as well as the elderly. The programme followed the ‘Welfare for the Elderly’ seminar hosted by BAPS Charities in conjunction with St Luke’s in November 2012.
The conference included discussions from patients who have been affected by cancer, sharing the importance of having a positive attitude, being open and honest about the diagnosis with family and friends, and making sure all treatments offered by the medical services are accepted.
Tracy Neill, a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Lead Information and Support Specialist from Macmillan Cancer Support, explained the main signs and symptoms of cancer, emphasising the importance seeking medical help if any unusual symptoms persist for longer than three weeks.
The role of the hospice was covered by David Smith, a palliative care nurse from St Luke’s Hospice in Brent. He emphasised that the hospice is not just for cancer patients but for any chronic illnesses that cannot be cured. The role of support at home and respite care was discussed, as well as the day case and in-patient facilities. Mr Smith reiterated that all services are provided free of charge.
Finally, Karime Gangji, Information and Support Specialist from Macmillan spoke about early detection and the importance of taking up screening for cancer, which significantly increases the likelihood of a cure.
The talks were followed by workshops which included sound therapy and relaxation demonstrations to help deal with stress and foster a positive mental attitude. A workshop educating attendees on the help available for family, carers and friends – both financial and emotional – was well received. Information stands with leaflets and specialists were open throughout the event for all to browse and ask questions.
All delegates said they benefitted hugely from the day. One lady expressed that “hearing from the cancer patients was really helpful” and had changed her own approach and attitude, especially to friends and family.
To learn more about the work of St Luke’s Hospice, please click here.
To learn more about Macmillan Cancer Support, please click here.
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