Archive - September 2015

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The September 2015 Newsletter is here!
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Survivorship Multidisciplinary Conference
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IGCS 2014 Melbourne
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Cancer Nursing Partnership
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Recovery package key messages for Cancer Nursing Partnership
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Invitation to join the BGCS
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Womb Cancer Alliance
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Resuming intimacy following treatment for gynaecological cancers
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Patient triggered follow-up for endometrial cancer
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Sylk – Supporting womankind

The September 2015 Newsletter is here!

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Survivorship Multidisciplinary Conference

Survivorship Multidisciplinary Conference on 15th October 2015 at the Postgraduate Medical Centre at Royal United Hospital Bath.

Programme includes:

  • Follow-up guidelines
  • Management of consequences of treatment
  • Launch of psychosexual education framework

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IGCS 2014 Melbourne

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I was rather overwhelmed when I was invited to speak at the above conference.  Anyway my husband and I decided to go and make a bit of a holiday of it and leave our rather disgruntled teenagers home alone as they are both in the 6th form.  I can’t tell you how friendly the Australians were and the conference was very well organised.  Melbourne is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and we managed to do some site seeing during our visit too.

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Recovery package key messages for Cancer Nursing Partnership

The Cancer Nursing Partnership (CNP) is a partnership of key nursing organisations and communities of practice representing over 22,000 nurses, working to improve cancer care across the UK. Currently working to implement delivery of the Recovery Package to people living with and beyond cancer across the UK, the partnership is made up of:

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Invitation to join the BGCS

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society council we would like to invite you to join the society and for you to become engaged in its work.

Through its active subgroups focused on commissioning, guideline development, training and IT matters the BGCS provides a united voice at the highest level for all those with a vested interest in providing services for patients coping with the diagnosis of a gynaecological cancer.

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Womb Cancer Alliance

Endometrial cancer is the 4th most common cancer affecting British women but there is little public awareness about the disease and very little research effort on either a national or international level.

The Womb Cancer Alliance is a group of patients, charity representatives and healthcare professionals with an interest in endometrial cancer. Our mission is to identify the top ten research priorities in endometrial cancer through a national survey of patients, carers and clinicians. Prioritising research effort makes sense. It means that the limited time and funding available for research is spent wisely and outputs are therefore more likely to make a difference.

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Resuming intimacy following treatment for gynaecological cancers

For women recovering from gynaecological cancers it may come as a shock that side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy can severely affect sexual function.

Gynaecological oncology nurses will be familiar with some of the following symptoms:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Tenderness to the lining of the vagina
  • Narrowing or shortening of the vagina
  • Sudden onset menopause
  • Pain, or fear of pain upon penetration
  • Body image anxiety
  • Lack of libido
  • Urinary and bowel problems
  • Imbalance in pH causing thrush and cystitis

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Patient triggered follow-up for endometrial cancer

In July 2013, Patient Triggered Follow Up (PTFU) for endometrial cancer was introduced at University Hospital Southampton (UHS). There are currently 54 patients on this pathway. Once the patient has completed treatment they are seen in the clinic by a doctor and entered into the programme. After being seen by the doctor the patient is then seen by either the Macmillan support worker or the gynae-oncology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and given more information. This includes giving CNS contact details, information booklet and health needs assessment questionnaire.

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Sylk – Supporting womankind

It was great to see some of you at the NFGON conference in Torquay back in June and the Take That tribute band were amazing! I managed to sit in on some of the talks and was very impressed with the calibre of all the speakers.

It’s been a while since Sylk was last at conference so it was lovely to reconnect with some of the people who have been responsible for our success, for example Tracie Miles. Our partnership with Amielle Comfort was largely borne out of the NFGON recommendation and 10 years later we continue to be co-sold with the dilators.

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