New course gives HOPE to cancer patients

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A free seven-week course aimed at building the confidence of people who have been through treatment for cancer is being launched by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, from 31 October to 12 December 2012 at Southlands Leisure Centre, Middlesbrough.

Called HOPE (help to overcome problems effectively) the two-and-a-half hour sessions will bring cancer patients together to meet, share, learn and get more out of life. Among the many topics addressed during the course, which will be run by a health professional and someone affected by cancer, are:

  • Managing stress and emotional challengesMacmillan information and support centre James Cook
  • Breathing, relaxation and physical activity
  • Motivation and goal setting
  • Identifying personal strengths and building confidence for the future

Julie Taylor, Macmillan cancer information manager at James Cook and one of the facilitators of the course, explains: “Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. But people don’t have to go through it alone. The HOPE course emphasises the strengths people already possess and looks at how to make the most of them.

“This course can play an important role in helping people who are living with cancer to find new ways to regain confidence and manage stress and emotional difficulties.”

A special taster session for the HOPE course will be held at Southlands Leisure Centre, Middlesbrough on Wednesday 31 October where participants can meet others and discuss course content. For further information contact Julie Taylor on 01642 835674 or John Buckton on 07803 928255.