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CITY PATIENTS TO INPUT INTO CANCER CARE

July 28, 2004 8:45 AM

Patients from across Glasgow will this afternoon attend the City Chambers to share their suggestions for improving cancer care in the future.

A civic reception has been organised by clinical nurse specialists from the West of Scotland Managed Clinical Network for Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer and will be hosted by the Deputy Lord Provost of Glasgow, Christine Devine.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for patients and carers who have been affected by gullet, pancreatic or stomach cancer to discuss their own experiences.

Heather Hodgson, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Digestive Diseases, said "We will be encouraging patients and their carers to let us know about the positive aspects of their care and also to identify areas that they feel need improvement."

"In the past, I have witnessed this approach being used with patients with colorectal cancer and it has proven to be an efficient and effective way of involving users in the service."

More than 40 invited patients and carers are expected to attend this afternoon, when they will be given the opportunity to discuss key elements of the patient journey including communication, information, the patient environment and their support and care.

Representatives from patient and carer support groups Maggie's Glasgow, TakTent and CancerBACUP will also be on hand to provide additional advice and support.

Christine Devine confirmed, "We at Glasgow City Council are delighted to be able to host this civic reception, which seeks to improve services for not only those able to attend but the wider community."

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For further information please contact Andrea Thomson on 0141 201 3299 or e-mail [email protected]


Notes to Editors:

· The Beatson Oncology Centre (BOC), part of North Glasgow University Hospitals Division and the second biggest cancer unit in the UK, has a team of Clinical Nurse Specialists who specialise in pancreatic, oesophageal and gastric cancer. 

· Clinical nurse specialists are able to follow a patient's course of treatment in its entirety, supporting them throughout and thus ensuring continuity of care.

· Gullet (oesophageal) cancer develops in cells that line the oesophagus which is also known as the foodpipe. 

· Pancreatic cancer affects cells within the pancreas, a gland located deep in the abdomen which produces chemicals to break down fats and proteins.

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