Forth Valley cancer event will help face challenges


Cancer survivors and those living with the disease can attend a health and wellbeing event organised by NHS Forth Valley and Macmillan Cancer Support. Held on Thursday, November 24 from 10am- 3pm at Falkirk Golf Club, it is also open to partners, family members and friends. Lunch and refreshments will be served, with talks and information on a wide range of issues, offering advice and support. To attend, contact Elizabeth-Ann Bowman, 01324 614387 or e-mail

Topics covered will include psychological wellbeing, managing tiredness, exercise, healthy eating and getting the most out of your appointments.

Dr Susie Porteous, Macmillan Consultant Clinical Psychologist for NHS Forth Valley, said: “We know from patients that cancer poses many challenges. When someone has been diagnosed with cancer they have to adjust to many changes and this means that patients and those close to them often experience strong emotions and worries. When treatment finishes and the practicalities of treatment are over, people can be surprised if they don’t feel ‘back to normal.’

“Similarly, people who are living with cancer may be coping with physical problems and overwhelming emotions. The aim of this local event is to help people living with and beyond cancer to make sense of their experience and to let them know about resources which are available to help them to manage any ongoing concerns.