Free cancer awareness event to take place in Hammersmith on International Nurses Day

On Saturday 12 May, cancer nurse specialists and support professionals are holding a public drop-in event from 10am-4pm in Lyric Square, Hammersmith. The event has been designed as an opportunity to answer questions about cancer and highlight the range of support services available in North West London.

The event is part of a partnership between Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, and fittingly takes place on this year’s International Nurses Day. It is aimed at anyone who wants to know more about cancer, such as signs to look out for, common investigations and treatments, regardless of whether they have a diagnosis, and how to improve wellbeing after treatment ends.

Over 40 nurses will be on hand from eight different cancer specialist teams including breast, lung and gastro-intestinal cancers, as well as information and support professionals from Macmillan Cancer Support, Maggie’s Centre and The Mulberry Centre. There will be free mindfulness and relaxation sessions running throughout the day, and specialist advice on preparing for surgery and suitable exercise programmes, including an opportunity to win a Fitbit.

Di Dunn, lead cancer nurse at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said: “Our cancer nurse specialists have a wealth of knowledge and experience, so we are delighted to have this opportunity to go out to meet people living locally. Our team will be able to offer advice and support to anyone affected by cancer, or to those who want to know more about the signs and symptoms to look out for.”

Martina McGill, cancer information support specialist for Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “Cancer can affect every part of a person’s life, and often impacts on people long after their treatment ends so it is vital that people know about the support that is available both inside and outside the hospital. Life with cancer is still life, and we can help you live it.”

For more information please contact Tracey Tynan on 020 7091 2365 or Rachel Godman-Morris on 020 70912250 / 07711 593 300.