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One in two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime (Cancer Research UK). This risk increases with age, but thankfully today many people will be cured, or go on to live a long time with treatment controlling the condition.
Almost half of cancers are diagnosed at a late stage in England (2014).
The following information aims to provide information to help you:
What is cancer?
Cancer is a condition where cells in an area of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue. This Cancer Research UK webpage provides further information.
Can I prevent cancer?
Yes, in many cases you can. Experts estimate that more than 4 in 10 cancer cases could be prevented. Making simple changes to your lifestyle can significantly reduce your risk of developing cancer. For example:
As well as the above links, the Change4Life website has lots of useful tips on being active and eating well for you and your family.
What cancer screening is available?
There are three types of cancer screening for adults in England:
Details can be found on the NHS website.
Cancer screening can save lives by finding cancers at an early stage.
Screening tests are for people without symptoms. If you have symptoms, but have had a normal screening test result, you should still see your doctor.
What cancer vaccination is available?
There is currently only one vaccine available to prevent cancer. This is routinely offered to girls aged 12 to 13 years as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme to prevent HPV (human papilloma virus), a cause of cervical cancer in women.
Note: It is important that girls who receive the HPV vaccine also have regular cervical screening once they reach the age of 25.
Find out more about the HPV vaccine.
How do I spot the signs of cancer?
Spotting cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides information about some of the common symptoms of cancer. Additional information on signs and symptoms can be found on the Be Clear on Cancer website.
You know yourself best. If you notice anything that isn’t normal for your body, go and see your doctor. Encourage your loved ones to do the same.
What will happen if my GP suspects I have cancer?
Your GP should refer you urgently to a hospital specialist if he/she suspects that you may have cancer.
You should then be seen within 2 weeks of this referral being received by the hospital.
This Cancer Research UK leaflet will help you prepare for your appointment.
What cancer treatment will I have?
In cases where cancer has been confirmed, you should start treatment within 31 days from when the hospital specialist has decided that you require treatment.
Surgery is a common treatment for most types of cancer, as solid tumours can often be surgically removed.
Other commonly used treatments include chemotherapy (cancer killing medication) and radiotherapy (the controlled use of high energy X-rays).
For the local population living in Guildford and Waverley, St Luke's Cancer Centre provides most hospital cancer care in one location.
How can I get help to live as well as possible after a cancer diagnosis?
Improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer mean that more people are living longer after a cancer diagnosis, but not everyone is living well.
Macmillan’s I've Finished Treatment webpage provides lots of advice on coping with life after cancer, and getting support.
Ask your key worker about health and wellbeing events being run locally.
What is Guildford & Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) doing to improve outcomes and survival rates for cancer patients?
In 2017, the CCG received recognition from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer as 1 of 20 CCGs which have most improved their one year cancer survival rates. However, we are not complacent.
The CCG is working with our partners to make improvements in the important areas of prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and care, and living with and beyond cancer.
We have a vision for cancer care that we are working hard to achieve. We want:
Local support services
The Fountain Centre is a charity for cancer patients, their families and carers located in the St Luke’s Cancer Centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford. They offer advice, counselling and a huge range of complementary therapies.
Macmillan Welfare Rights Service at Citizens Advice Guildford provides free, impartial and confidential welfare benefits advice, information and advocacy to local patients and families that have been affected by cancer.
One day we will all die, and we want a good, pain free death in a place of our choice. To allow this to happen, we need to talk about death with our family and friends, and our doctor, to make them aware of our wishes, and to find out what the options are.
What is end of life care?
End of life care is support for people who are in the last months or years of their life.
End of life care should help you to live as well as possible until you die, and to die with dignity. Providers of care should ask you about your wishes and preferences, and take these into account. They should also support your family, and carers.
What is palliative care?
End of life care includes palliative care. If you have an incurable illness, palliative care makes you as comfortable as possible by managing pain and other distressing symptoms. It may also involves psychological, social and spiritual support.
Should I plan ahead?
If you are not approaching the end of your life, you may still want to think about your wishes for your own end of life care. Talking about dying makes it more likely that you, or your loved one, will die as you might have wished, and it will make it easier for your loved ones if they know you have had a ‘good death’.
The Dying Matters Coalition aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. Their website will help you start those conversations.
The NHS Planning for Your Future Care guide outlines the different options available to you when planning for your end of life care.
How do I find out about local end of life care services?
Details of local providers of care, information and support can be found on the end of life care pages of Surrey Information Point.
What is Guildford & Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) doing to commission person-centred palliative and end of life care?
The Plan below details the CCG’s vision, aspirations and objectives for person-centred palliative and end of life care for all patients and their carers across Guildford and Waverley. It was agreed with stakeholders at the CCG’s End of Life Care Strategy Steering Group, and everyone is working towards delivery of this vision.
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In 2016, Guildford & Waverley CCG was a finalist, in the End of Life Care category, at the Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network’s Service Improvement and Innovation Awards. This recognition resulted from our lead commissioner role in the successful development of an integrated community specialist palliative care service, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.
As a patient you have the right to choose where you receive the care you need. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have a duty to enable patients to make choices and to promote their involvement in decisions related to their care or treatment. By making an informed choice patients can:
The NHS Choice Framework is a guide to your choices about your NHS care and treatment. It explains:
What does this mean?
If your GP refers you as an outpatient (an outpatient appointment means you will not be admitted to a ward) to see a consultant or specialist, you have the right, in most cases, to choose the organisation that provides your NHS care and treatment. You may choose whenever you are referred for the first time for an appointment for a physical or mental health condition.
Organisations include many private and independent hospitals that are contracted to provide care on behalf of the NHS. This legal right allows patients to choose from any organisation in England offering a suitable treatment that meets NHS standards and costs.
If you need any treatment or additional appointments you will usually need to return to your chosen provider for this.
NHS Choices provides an A-Z of health services near you, along with information on healthy living and social care. You can:
Making a choice about where to be treated is about what is important to you. Considerations may include:
What can I do if I am not offered choice?
You should always be offered choice at the point of referral and have the opportunity to discuss the options with the person referring you.
If you feel you haven't been offered choice, you should speak to the person who is referring you in the first instance. If you still feel that you have not been offered choice, you could raise your concerns with the CCG and we will do our best to ensure that you are offered a choice. You can do this by emailing us at email@example.com or following the advice on our concerns and complaints page about how to get in touch.
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Falls Preventions Sessions
Let’s Get Steady falls prevention sessions are held monthly across Guildford Borough.
The sessions are free to attend and are aimed at people living in Guildford who have had a fall previously or are at risk of a fall due to a long term condition. The sessions are also helpful for individuals who are fearful of falling. Those interested in attending a session should speak to their GP or Nurse.
This joint initiative is being led by NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Virgin Care and Guildford Borough Council.
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