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Wellbeing Meetings

Our Wellbeing Meetings are held twice a year.

Whatever stage of your illness – recently diagnosed or some years on, facing chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery or palliative care – we can help. We completely understand your worries and fears and can give support you need in order to achieve the best possible quality of life.

At our meetings you will have the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation to you, as well as their family members and those supporting them. Meetings are free to attend, and light refreshments are provided.

These meetings provide the opportunity for patients to meet former patients, some of whom are leading relatively normal lives; to air their concerns and discuss problems with members of the medical profession, including consultant surgeons, gastroenterologists, dieticians, physiotherapists and clinical nurse specialists who speak at the meetings on a voluntary basis.

One - to - One

We also offer patients the opportunity to speak directly to a former patient and gain reassurance that life can again be very good. From personal experience, we know that life after diagnosis can be challenging.

Most patients find it helpful and encouraging to talk to someone who has experienced similar symptoms and has undergone the same course(s) of treatment. Our volunteers are on hand and willing to offer you support, encouragement and reassurance.

Whilst we do not offer counselling or medical advice, we can offer general guidance and suggestions based on our own experiences. From questions to ask your GP, to tips on what to eat… plus a lot more.

Group Support

Group Support meetings are held across Northern Ireland throughout the year. The aim is to help new patients, families and carers to cope with difficulties arising as a result of treatment, giving support and encouraging patients to achieve a good quality of life.

Our support groups are made up of a mixture of current and former patients, their carers and close family members and friends. Our group members (both male and female) come from a wide range of backgrounds and occupations, and all have very different stories to tell. We all have one thing in common however, and that is we all aim to help and support each other.

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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CCRCB Open Day 2019
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CCRCB Open Day 2019

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at QUB is holding a public Open Day as part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival on Saturday 16th February 2019. There will be talks from leading researchers and tours of the research laboratories. You are also very welcome to visit our office. A number of...

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Wellbeing Meeting – March 30th 2019
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Wellbeing Meeting – March 30th 2019

We are pleased to announced our next Wellbeing meeting will take place on March 30th 2019 at 10:30AM at Beechlawn House Hotel, Dunmurry, Belfast. More information to follow.

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How to swallow pills more easily

How to swallow a pill A study by researchers from the University of Heidelberg in Germany may help people with pill swallowing difficulties. They suggest two techniques that can help people improve their ability to get medicine down. Their report was published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Pop-bottle method to swallow pills Image Credit: Annals of Family...

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