Sussex Cancer patients have their questions answered

Healthwatch in Sussex responded to patient concerns about cancer services in Sussex. A webinar was coordinated between three local Healthwatch with the help of Sussex Health and Care Partnership. Read the full report and Q&A report here.
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One hundred people across Sussex registered for the event.

Healthwatch in Sussex arranged for cancer patients and their families to hear from three cancer experts: 

This is what we heard:

  • Cancer screenings are currently limited.
  • Endoscopy and colonoscopy tests are available but delayed.
  • Patients are urged NOT to hold back from contacting their GP with cancer-related concerns.
  • Patients have not been lost in the system but focus on corona virus patients has caused delays.
  • Patients SHOULD ATTEND hospital appointments.
  • Movement towards managed self-care for cancer patients with contact by telephone with cancer specialists .
  • Cancer shielding has lifted slightly with 90% of oncology appointments continuing remotely.
  • COVID-19 not as risky to cancer patients undergoing treatment, latest studies show.
  • Clinicians fear an influx of referrals once restrictions are lifted.
  • New lockdown methods are here to stay (remote contact with patients and PPE used by staff).
  • Cancer Support services are still available via Macmillan.

Downloads

Our summary includes the Q&A between patients and experts and also a full transcript of the event.

Watch the full recording of the webinar here

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