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Just to let you know there will be a local Kidney Cancer Patient Group starting at the Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. The inaugural meeting is being organised by fellow kidney cancer patient Stephen Chambers and the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer are kindly supporting the new Group. Professor Tim Eisen and Dr Kate Fife, two of our leading renal Oncologists, are planning to attend the 1st meeting so please come along and join us if you live in the area.
The 1st meeting will be on;
Date – Tuesday, 30th November,
Time - 4 – 6pm
Venue - Seminar Room 8, Addenbrookes Clinical School. Addenbrookes Hospital. Cambridge.
If you need any help with directions or if you can offer any help to Stephen with publicising or general help with organising then please get in touch. Everyone is very welcome to come along to meet up and chat with other patients, carers, Clinicians and nurses. Meetings are free to attend and we don’t charge any membership fees to join our Support Groups.
With all kind regards,
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kidney Cancer Support Network & James Whale Fund for kidney Cancer
That';s really good news. We now have three kidney cancer support groups - one in Oxford, that's been running a couple of years, very successfully, and another one, in Bucks, which was 'spun out' so to speak from the Oxford one and has just started meeeting this autumn.
And now one at Cambridge too.
Do say, anyone, if you know of others elswhere in the country!
We really do need to have far, far more, however - every hospital trust should have one. No kidney cancer patient should be unable to have a local support group to hand. (No cancer patient of any kind of cancer should be without a local support group!)
They are very easy to set up, by the way! All you need is a really good CNS (like ours!), who is willing - with the agreement of the hospital of course - to contact all the RCC patients on her list, and, with the help of a small nucleus of key patient/carer volunteers, organise an inaugural meeting at the hospital. The groups meet once a month, quite infomally, and as well as meeting other patients and carers, plus a variety of cancer nurses and doctors in the area, we catch up on things such as latest treatment news and drugs trials, have speakers on various topics, from radiology to travel insurance and good nutrition for cancer patients, and, above all, realise that we are not alone in this fight. The groups are like these forums - only face to face!
I would really enourage folk to start one up at their own hospitals. :)
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