Practical & Emotional Wellbeing
Please find information below on a variety of issues affecting your practical and emotional wellbeing - having been diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment or dealing with the after-effects of treatment.
Being diagnosed and treated for cancer is a very stressful time for patients. Support and advice may be needed for anxiety, stress or depression. There are professionals who can help you through difficult times such as psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, chaplains and healthcare professionals (your consultant or specialist nurse). For more information please click on the following links: Macmillan - Emotional Effects & Teenage Cancer Trust - Feelings
Some cancer treatments can have an adverse effect on your fertility and complicate pregnancy. To find out more about male and female fertility issues on the Teenage Cancer Trust website, click here.
Some cancer patients find that physiotherapy and exercise can make a difference to how they feel. Advice on improving physical problems and exercise can be accessed through a Physiotherapist as an in-patient or out-patient. Click here to read '10 Good reasons to exercise'.
The Occupational Therapy service can offer advice and assistance with the physical and psychological affects of cancer, such as: anxiety management, fatigue management, functional activities like cooking and helping you to manage at home. Advice on self-care e.g. washing and dressing, equipment and adaptations (to help with independence e.g. using a wheelchair) can be accessed through an Occupational Therapist. Click here to read more information from the Dundee Cancer Centre .
Certain types of cancer treatment can cause partial hair loss or thinning, or can cause people to lose hair from all over their body. Radiotherapy causes hair loss on the site of treatment whereas chemotherapy drugs have varying effects. If you decide you would like to wear a wig, you may find it helpful to visit a wig specialist before your cancer treatment to help match your hair colour and style. For information on what to expect, click here.
Speech & Language Therapy
Having treatment for some types of head and neck cancers can affect your speech or ability to speak. The following links provide some information and advice: Changes in Speech & Changes to Speech - Head & Neck cancer
Nutrition & Dietetics
Some patients need advice on what to eat and drink when going through treatment of after treatment. Dieticians can help to treat symptoms such as loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea and vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea. Click here for more information. Teens Living With Cancer provide some advice on nutrition, click here to view.
Returning to School, College or Work
Teenage Cancer Trust have put some information and advice together for people who are finding the thought of returning to school, college or work daunting. Click here to access the information.
There is a benefit for people aged 16 -64 called the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This benefit is available to people who have a health condition, whether in or out of work. The benefit is there to help you live as independently as possible and deal with any extra costs that can often come with having a health condition. To find out more click here.
CLIC Sargent offer information on financial matters for 16 - 24 year olds.
Find information on government benefits and charity grants here.
Information on Childcare, if you are a parent or carer.
Information about housing and homelessness can be accessed here.
Macmillan offer more financial advice.
NHS Inform has general information on cancer issues.