Emotional wellbeing

We offer a range of literature in the Macmillan Cancer Information Centre to help you deal with the emotional affects of cancer.

Sadness

Macmillan booklets

  • How are you feeling?  The emotional effects of cancer
  • Your feelings after cancer treatment
  • Life after cancer treatment
  • Managing the late effects of breast cancer treatment
  • Talking about your cancer
  • Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer
  • Coping with advanced cancer
  • When someone close to you has cancer

Other literature

  • Talking therapies  – we can help
  • Trinity Holistic Centre
  • Teesside Hospice Care Foundation

 Useful local agencies and services 

  • Macmillan Cancer Support and information centres – Offering advice, information and support to anyone affected by cancer. Drop-in service, no appointments necessary. Contact The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough – Telephone 01642 835674 or the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton – Telephone: 01609 764033 – macmillaninformationcentre@stees.nhs.uk
  • Trinity Holistic Centre – Based on site at The James Cook University Hospital but offering outreach services across the area. Use complementary therapies to help alleviate side effects of treatment and symptoms of cancer. Open to patients registered with a South Tees consultant. Telephone: 01642 854839 for further information on the following website pages – trinity holistic centre
  • Teesside Hospice  –  Offers a range of services  to help patients , families and carers cope with emotional and spiritual  issues , including  adult counselling and bereavement services for adults and children. Telephone: 01642 811060 – www.teessidehospice.org 

National agencies

Fears, worries and anxiety

 Macmillan booklets

  • How are you feeling?  The emotional effects of cancer
  • Your feelings after cancer treatment
  • Life after cancer treatment
  • Talking about your cancer
  • Worrying about cancer coming back
  • Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer
  • Coping with advanced cancer
  • When someone close to you has cancer
  • Hello and how are you?  Carers’ guide

Other literature

  • Talking therapies  – we can help
  • Trinity Holistic Centre

Useful local and national agencies and services – as above

Anger

Macmillan booklets

  • How are you feeling?  The emotional effects of cancer
  • Your feelings after cancer treatment
  • Life after cancer treatment
  • Talking about your cancer
  • Worrying about cancer coming back
  • Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer
  • Coping with advanced cancer
  • When someone close to you has cancer
  • Looking After Someone with Cancer

Other literature

  • Talking Therapies  – We can help
  • Trinity Holistic Centre

Useful national and local agencies and services – as above

Alcohol, smoking and other drugs

Macmillan booklets

  • Giving up smoking

Other literature

  • Specialist Stop Smoking Services leaflet  – Smokefree
  • It’s so much easier since I quit -Smokefree
  • I’m quitting one day at a time – Smokefree
  • Be smoke free: cut your cancer risk  – CRUK

Local support services 

  • Specialist stop smoking service – Clinics available at various sites in Middlesbrough, Eston,  Redcar, Stockton and Hartlepool. No appointments are needed and to confirm locations please phone or visit website. Telephone: 01642 383819 – www.nth.nhs.uk/stopsmoking
  • GP practice stop smoking support  -available in many GP practices across Middlesbrough , Redcar, Cleveland. To find out if your practice provides this support contact specialists stop smoking service. Telephone: 01642 383819
  • Pharmacy one-stop shops – local pharmacies that are open to people living in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland who would like advice and an assessment on giving up smoking.  For further information contact the specialist stop smoking service. Telephone: 01642 383819

National  services and organisations 

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Telephone: 0845  769 7555www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
  • Drinkline – Telephone: 0800 917 82 82
  • Smokefree – Telephone: 0300 123 1044 – nhs.uk/smokefree
  • Cancer Research UK  – provide a range of information on smoking , alcohol and living a healthier lifestyle – www.cruk.org

Unable to express feelings

Macmillan booklets

  • How are you feeling?  The emotional effects of cancer
  • Your feelings after cancer treatment
  • Life after cancer treatment
  • Talking about your cancer
  • Worrying about cancer coming back
  • Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer

Other literature

  • Trinity Holistic Centre

Useful national and local agencies – as above

Feeling isolated

Macmillan booklets

  • Talking about your cancer
  • Cancer – you and your partner
  • Life after cancer treatment
  • Feelings after cancer treatment

Other literature

  •  The Club at St Johns – St John ‘s Centre  – Catterick Garrison

Useful local agencies and services

  • St John’s  Day  Centre  Service – Catterick  Garrison , North Yorkshire – Affectionately known as “The Club”, the centre is a place to be among friends , meet people and be cared for through support and hospitality.  Helps maintain independence longer , reduces loneliness and need for full time care. Cost: £36 per day or can sometimes be supplemented if referred by care manager and services include:
  1. Providing morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea
  2. Collection service  – door to door
  3. A varied range of activities to keep brain and body active
  4. Talks by guest speakers
  5. Treatment room – regular hairdresser, chiropodist, district nurse
  6. Shower room – supported personal hygiene facilities
  7. Laundry room – centre will launder bulky and heavy items for you eg bedding, towels
  8. Help with daily life – form filling, accessing help from other agencies
  9. Day trips to local attractions

Telephone: 01748 832271 – info@stjohnscc.org.uk

  • Macmillan cancer support and information centres – Offering advice, information, listening ear and support  to anyone affected by cancer. Drop in service, no appointments necessary. The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough   – Telephone: 01642 835674 or the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton – Telephone: 01609 764033
  • Trinity Holistic Centre – Based on site at The James Cook University Hospital but offering outreach services across the area. Use complementary therapies to help alleviate side effects of treatment and symptoms of cancer. Open to patients registered with a South Tees consultant. Telephone: 01642 854839 for further information or visit our trinity holistic pages
  • Talking Therapies – Offer a range of NHS approved therapies including counselling , cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), wellbeing course , interpersonal therapy (IPT) and are available to all in Teesside area. Telephone: 0800 8048155/01642 424030 – Talking therapies

National agencies

Loss of dignity

Macmillan booklets 

  • Getting the Best from Cancer Services
  • Making a complaint (factsheet )
  • Coping with hair loss
  • Body image and cancer
  • Feel more like you
  • Managing the late effects  effects of pelvic radiotherapy in men
  • Managing the late effects  effects of pelvic radiotherapy in women
  • Managing the late effects of bowel cancer treatment
  • Controlling the symptoms of cancer
  • Cancer fistula (factsheet)

Other literature

  • My cancer treatment
  • Patient advice and liaison service (PALS )
  • HeadStrong service   – Middlesbrough
  • HeadStrong service – Northallerton
  • Wig clinic
  • Look good, feel better
  • The bra clinic
  • Bohemia headwear
  • Hats 4 heads
  • Suburban turban

Useful local agencies and services

  • Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) – South Tees Hospitals NHS  Foundation Trust  PALS team value the views of patients, families  and carers  and will listen to compliments , comments , concerns or complaints about any service received within the trust. They will liaise with departments / staff on behalf of the patients  and help resolve issues as soon as possible. They will also discuss the formal complaints procedure. They can also provide contact details for PALS/complaint services in other organisations – Telephone: 0800 0282451, text: 07799 893806 – PALS@stees.nhs.uk
  • Citizens Advice Bureau  – Middlesbrough (01642  802284), Stockton, Thornaby, Billingham (01642 633877), Redcar (01287 203324), Northallerton (01609 776551), Richmond (01748 826532), Darlington (01325 256999). Alternatively you can search for your local CAB office – www.citizensadvice.org.uk
  • Macmillan cancer support and information centres – Offering advice, information, listening ear and support to anyone affected by cancer. Drop-in service, no appointments necessary. The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough   – Telephone: 01642 835674, Friarage Hospital, Northallerton – Telephone: 01609 764033.
  • Trinity Holistic Centre – Based on site at The James Cook University Hospital but offering outreach services across the area. Use complementary therapies to help alleviate side effects of treatment and symptoms of cancer. Open to patients registered with a South Tees consultant. Telephone: 01642 854839 for further information or visit our trinity holistic centre pages.

National agencies

  • Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS)  – Independent advice and support with complaints. North East – Telephone: 0300 4568348, Yorkshire and Humberside  – Telephone:0300 4568349
  • Citizens Advice Bureau – adviceguide.org.uk
  • National Dignity Council – www.dignityincare.org.uk. Telephone: 020 7927 4007
  • Macmillan Cancer Support – Telephone: 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday – 9am to 8pm) – www.macmillan.org.uk
  • Bladder and Bowel Foundation- Information and support for people living with bladder and bowel disorders , including incontinence. Telephone: 0845 345 0165, email: info@bladderandbowelfoundation.orgwww.bladderandbowelfoundation.org
  • Colostomy Association – Telephone: 0800 328 4257 – www.colostomyassociation.org.uk
  • National key scheme for toilets – offers access to 9000 locked public toilets across UK. You can buy a key for £4.50 ( inc postage and packing) from Disability  Rights UK. Telephone: 020 7250 3222, online shopdisabiltyrightsuk.org