Worried about cancer? Mobile support bus is coming to March as part of a national awareness month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month mobile support unit comes to March and Ely

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month mobile support unit comes to March and Ely - Credit: Archant

Cancer information and support is coming to St George’s Fayre in March thanks to Macmillan’s mobile service.

A team of cancer information specialists will be stopping off at the festival to answer questions, provide support and inform people about local cancer services.

It’s open to anyone, no matter what your concern and ties in with Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Cathryn Gort, a support specialist on the mobile unit, said: “We know that a diagnosis of bowel cancer doesn’t just affect your physical health, it can affect your whole life.

“We’re happy to talk to you, whether it’s about side effects of treatment, coping with a colostomy bag, advice on diet or if you simply want to speak to someone about how you’re feeling.

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“We’re also there for anyone else with any worries or concerns, no matter what type of cancer. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, are going through treatment or are living beyond cancer, feel free to pay us a visit.”

Kevin Coombs paid a visit to the mobile service after his father was diagnosed with cancer.

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He said: “I can’t speak highly enough of the mobile service. My elderly dad had been diagnosed with cancer, after never being ill, so it was a big shock and adjustment for him and for the rest of the family, especially my mum.

“I came out of the unit feeling much better, a lot more confident and armed with the info I needed. I felt so much better after they’d clarified the kind of treatment and the general process, and the booklets put things into perspective.”

There are currently more than 244,000 people living with bowel cancer in the UK, with an average of 115 people diagnosed every day.

• The unit is in March on Sunday April 24 from 10am to 4pm. No appointment is necessary but during busy periods there may be a waiting time.

• It is in Ely market place on Monday April 25 from 10am to 4pm.

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