Cancer Webinar: Key Themes & Q&A - 11th June 2020

Healthwatch in Sussex - a collaboration between local Healthwatch from Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, and West Sussex - arranged for cancer patients and their families to have their questions answered by three cancer experts.
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The webinar was coordinated by Healthwatch in Sussex and with the help of Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

Over 100 people across Sussex registered for the event.

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

Watch the Webinar

Cancer Webinar Video - Thursday 11th June.

Downloads

You can download the report here. If you need it in a different format, please contact us at:

office@healthwatchbrightonandhove.co.uk

01273 234 041

Cancer Webinar - Summary Report
Cancer Webinar - Presentation Slides

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