Cancer patients past and present, family members and carers are invited to a special event to share their experiences in Oxford next month.
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Macmillan Cancer Support have organised the 'Affected by cancer? We are listening' event at the Kassam football stadium on Thursday 9 May from 10am to 2pm. It is encouraging anyone who has already been treated for cancer or is presently undergoing treatment to share their experience of the support and care they had in primary care - so before and after hospital treatment.
The event will allow people to tell their stories and their feedback will be used to help improve those aspects of cancer care.
Dr Shelley Hayles, cancer lead at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We are looking forward to hearing about people's experiences of cancer care and support before they started their treatment and what happened after they finished their hospital-based treatment. We are asking these questions so we can improve services and get new ideas from the people at the heart of this - patients and their families and carers.
"It's through sharing ideas and experiences that services get better and are more in tune with people's needs."
Shelley Orton, Partnership Manager for Oxfordshire at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "It’s so important that we listen to people with cancer when we try to address the problems they face. And to do that, we need people affected by it to come to the event on Thursday 9 May and tell us what matters – it might be things like getting a summary of your cancer treatment, or being told more about other types support in your area, receiving understandable information or having better conversations with healthcare professionals to identify your needs."
To find out more about the event, which includes lunch and refreshments, contact Hannah Gray firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07834 192211.