More and more people are surviving cancer in the UK due to improvements in treatment and diagnosis.
But surviving the disease is not the only hurdle to be overcome.
Many survivors struggle with long-term health problems caused by their treatment and others need psychological support to cope with the fear of the disease recurring, as well as problems with self-esteem and body image.
Last year the care services minister for England, Paul Burstow, pledged to help cancer survivors receive the support they need by working with Macmillan, the cancer charity.
With the help of researchers from Coventry University, they have designed a “self-help” course run by a combination of cancer survivors and cancer professionals which focuses on identifying the positives of life after treatment.
The Hope Course uses simple techniques like diary writing, setting weekly goals and relaxation activities to help a small group of 10 to 14 people overcome the physical and psychological effects of cancer.
Read more about Courses to help cancer survivors
Original story – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17938502
More about the Hope Programme – https://www.hopeprogramme.co.uk/
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