The Irish Cancer Society is launching a new programme to help those recently diagnosed with secondary cancer to learn about and discuss the practical and emotional issues of their diagnosis in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.
The six month programme which will be facilitated by Clinical Psychologist, Aine Melinn will commence in March 2013 and meetings will take place at the Irish Cancer Society headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Deirdre Murphy, Patient Support Groups Coordinator, Irish Cancer Society encourages people right across the country to take part and says, “We are acutely aware of how vulnerable people with a secondary cancer diagnosis can feel and how they are often overwhelmed by feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness and anger. People can feel very isolated and alone in trying to cope with their unique psychological and social issues and need very special support in dealing with and communicating their emotions to their partners, family and especially their children. Our facilitator, Aine Melinn is a Registered Clinical and Education Psychologist and has worked in health services in a GP practice and with organisations like the Irish Cancer Society, that support people with health issues, for 30 years.
“In addition to sessions on communications during the six month programme, there will also be sessions on advances in treatments, the side effect profile of treatments, diet, mindfulness, reflexology, relaxation and sessions led by other experts in advising and supporting those with secondary cancer. Most importantly however people with secondary cancer will get to meet other people with a similar diagnosis which can provide tremendous support in itself” added Deirdre Murphy.
People recently diagnosed with secondary cancer should contact Deirdre Murphy, Patient Support Services Coordinator at the Irish Cancer Society (Tel.: 01 2310 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss their interest in joining the group and availing of this programme which will start in March 2013, in more detail. The programme will be repeated in September 2013. These programmes will be kindly supported by Novartis Oncology.