20th Anniversary Wellbeing Meeting September 2019

Beechlawn House Hotel
Time: 10.30 – 12.30
Location: Beechlawn House Hotel, Dunmurry, BT17 9RR

Our Autumn Wellbeing meeting took place on 28th September at the Beechlawn Hotel and we had a great turnout. This was both the 20th Anniversary of our first meeting and our very last meeting to be heald at the Beechlawn Hotel.

Speakers

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Kezia Moore

Oncology Dietician

Michelle Casement

Benefit Outreach Officer

Louise Gilroy

Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Bobby Watson

OG patient

Kezia Moore & Louise Gilroy both work in the field of oncology support and talked about the challenges during and after treatment.

Michelle Casement a benefit outreach officer for Make the Call discussed the availability of benefits for both patients and the carer. Michelle also had a stand where attendees could go and have a chat with her on a one to one basis. Make the Call is a free service available to anyone 08002321271.

Bobby Watson living proof awareness campaigns are vital to catching it early. Bobby chatted to the attendees about how he was diagnosed when he made an appointment with his GP after seeing Mr Andrew Kennedy on TV raising awareness of the symptoms of Oespohagael cancer.

The September meeting was the 20th Anniversary of the first oesophageal Cancer support group in NI which has now lead to the formation of OGCancerNI. We are forever grateful to Roy McMullan for setting up the first meeting and we celebrated this achievement with a gorgeous cake.

What is Oesophago-Gastric Cancer?

Oesophageal cancer is cancer of the gullet and gastric cancer is cancer of the stomach. Combined, they are medically known as oesophago-gastric (OG) cancer. The oesophagus (more commonly known as the gullet or food pipe) is the long tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. In Northern Ireland in 2016, a total of 226 people were diagnosed with oesophageal (gullet) cancer. In the same year, 214 people were newly diagnosed with gastric (stomach) cancer.

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