Sarcoma South UK Support Group Blog

Dorset Cancer Patient Group

Posted by Tricia on Monday 6th October

Last week I went to a Steering Group meeting of the new Dorset Cancer Patient Group which is in the process of being established with the support of Macmillan and local hospital trusts and oncologists.

Before the dissolution of the Dorset Cancer Network (DCN) there was an active and successful Patient Partnership Panel whose aim was to improve cancer services locally. They were trained and supported by the DCN and attended meetings as cancer patent representatives, were involved in a wide variety of projects including improving chemotherapy and radiotherapy services and being involved in Peer Review.

A few of these panel members kept meeting without any support as they did not want to lose the expertise that had been earned. Recently with the establishment of the new Dorset Cancer Alliance and its support, the new Dorset Cancer Patient Group is going to be launched soon.

At the moment we are working hard on designing leaflets and posters to publicise the group and recruit new members and let health care workers know that wanting to continue with our work to improve cancer services in Dorset. Watch this space for more information.


Cancer Research UK need your help

Posted by Tricia on Monday 6th October

Last week I went to the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Southampton Centre at the Somers Cancer Research Building at Southampton General Hospital to a meeting that CRUK had arranged to inform patients and carers about their new research strategy “Beating Cancer Sooner”. Have a look at their strategy

CRUK also want to train volunteers to be a Cancer Research UK Ambassadors. Cancer Campaigns is the team at CRUK responsible for political campaigning. “Our Ambassadors are a group of especially engaged and motivated supporters who help us work to translate our research discoveries into lifesaving initiatives. As an Ambassador you will use your passion and knowledge to represent CRUK when meeting face to face with your politicians and the local media for support of our campaigns”


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