Up to eighty patients suffering from myeloma are expected to attend a special awareness event at The James Cook University Hospital, giving them the opportunity to meet and discuss their experiences of living with the blood cancer.
Patients will also get the chance to find out about the wide range of support available to them in Middlesbrough, from complementary therapies to social activities.
Laura Barlow, cancer care co-ordinator at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust organised the event, on Tuesday November 22, with colleague Helen Walker, cancer nurse specialist for myeloma.
Friendly and caring staff from Teesside Hospice will also be at the event, showcasing the day care support and social activities available to cancer patients at its base in Linthorpe.
Laura said: “November is Myeloma Awareness Month and as part of that, we just wanted to make patients aware of what support is available to them and give them a chance to meet other patients with the same diagnosis.
“We’ve sent out invitations to 80 patients and have had a positive response, so hopefully there will be a good turnout.
“Myeloma is one of the lesser known blood cancers. We wanted to arrange an event that allows patients to not only come together to talk to each other, but also talk to professionals and get them signed up to sources of support such as Trinity Holistic Centre and Teesside Hospice day care and activities.”
Laura adds both places offer further opportunities for patients to come together to socialise.
A raffle will also be held as part of the event, with proceeds going to the charity Myeloma UK.
Laura said: “We would like to thank the wide range of businesses from the local area who have donated prizes for us to raffle at the event.”
Anybody across Teesside with myeloma, or those who care for a patient with myeloma is welcome to attend the event at the Haematology Day Unit between 10am and 3pm.