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Extra support for cancer patients in our hospital
04 January 2018

Patients receiving treatment for cancer at Ipswich Hospital can now benefit from specialist therapy and support to help them build their body confidence, improve communication and relationships and enjoy a fulfilling life.

The John Le Vay Cancer Support and Information Centre is offering a psychosexual therapy service to help patients and their partners enjoy intimacy following surgery or other cancer treatment. It has been funded for the next two years with a £12,000 donation from Art4Cure, a local breast cancer charity.

The service will see a specially trained therapist work with up to five individuals or couples a week in the hospital’s cancer support and information centre. Patients will be offered counselling for up to six weeks, with the aim of helping them better understand themselves and their situation and adapt their behaviour so that they can live as full and satisfying a life as possible.

Louise Smith, Macmillan survivorship lead at the hospital, said: “We are very grateful to Art4Cure for so generously funding these important sessions, which will help scores of cancer survivors to continue enjoying a satisfying life after their treatment.”

The service accepts referrals from health and social care professionals. The sessions are open to patients who have had treatment for any type of cancer.

For more information about the service, or the support available at the hospital, contact the John Le Vay Cancer Support and Information Centre on 01473 715748.