Cancer and Palliative Care

Being Breast Aware

Breasts, like any other part of your body, are unique to each individual. It is therefore very important for woman to be familiar with their breasts and what is “normal” for them. You can do this by examining yourself regularly, which will make it easier to spot any changes to seek help for.

Here is a link about being breast aware: www.cancerresearchuk.org/finding-breast-cancer-early

The links below lead to information in different languages about being breast aware and what symptoms to look out for:

Arabic

breastcancernow.org/ar

Bengali

breastcancernow.org/bengali

Cantonese

breastcancernow.org/cantonese

French

breastcancernow.org/french

Gujarati

breastcancernow.org/gu

Hindi

breastcancernow.org/hindi

Polish

breastcancernow.org/polish

Punjabi

breastcancernow.org/pa

Romanian

breastcancernow.org/romanian

Urdu

breastcancernow.org/urdu

Know your Testicles

Testicular cancer is rarer than the other cancers above, but it is commoner amongst men in their 20s and 30s.

This is why it is important men learn how to check their testicles early on and do so often. Speak to a GP as soon as possible if you notice any changes you are worried about.

The link below describes how to examine your testicles and what to check for: www.cancerresearchuk.org/testicular-cancer/getting-diagnosed

Symptoms of Bowel Cancer

The commonest symptoms of Bowel Cancer are:

  • 1) Change in your bowel habits – looser, runnier stools (poo) that can’t be explained by something else (like a stomach bug)
  • 2) Bleeding from the bottom or blood in the stool
  • 3) Unexplained persistent abdominal pains

Here is a link to information about other potential symptoms you should be aware: www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-bowel-cancer/symptoms

It is important to keep in mind that there are many potential reasons for these symptoms that aren’t cancer, however if you do notice them then please speak with one of our GPs to discuss it further.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is the commonest Cancer amongst men in the UK. The symptoms can be subtle, or sometimes not apparent at all, and as such it is important we all are vigilant to what prostate cancer is, what to look out for and who may be at higher risk. Please see the video below for further information about Prostate health: www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2OATIXezCQ

Although it is common for men have changes in the urinary function as they get older, below is a list of symptoms that should prompt you to speak to a GP about potential causes, including prostate cancer:

  • 1) Passing urine more frequently
  • 2) Waking in the night to pass urine
  • 3) A feeling of significant urgency when needing to pass urine
  • 4) Changes in your stream, for example an interrupted flow, straining to encourage flow, or still needing to pass more urine even after you thought you’d finished
  • 5) Blood in urine or in the semen

The link below provides comprehensive information about prostate cancer, including risk factors, treatment and the process of referral is this is necessary: www.cancerresearchuk.org/prostate-cancer

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test is a blood test that is used in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, amongst other tests. On it’s own it NOT a “Prostate cancer test”, as it can be positive conditions that are not prostate cancer, and can be falsely negative in about 15% of cancers. It is, however, something your GP may request if they suggest investigating further into prostate related conditions. Before you agree to a PSA test, it is important to know about it, what results would mean and what other tests you may be asked to do. This, and the pros and cons of PSA testing can be found here:www.nhs.uk/prostate-cancer/should-i-have-psa-test

Being Cancer Aware

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, less and less patients have been contacting their GP with symptoms they think might be cancer, and as a result there has been a reduction in GPs referring patients on for possible cancer partly due to this. We at the Goodinge Group Practice strongly encourage you to make a telephone appointment with one of the GPs if you are worried you might have a symptom that may represent cancer. We are very much here to listen and to help you, and are keen to go through your concerns and discuss whether you need more tests.

Below is a message from Dr Neil Smith, GP Lead for Cancer Research UK: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAVkX90rTZ

For more information and a helpful diagram about different parts of the body where people get cancer and corresponding symptoms to look out for, please click on the link below: www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-symptoms

Camden, Islington ELiPSe and UCLH & HCA Palliative Care Service

The Camden, Islington ELiPSe and UCLH & HCA Palliative Care Service provide specialist care in community and hospital settings for patients with life-limiting illness.

Their palliative care specialists include nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, clinical psychologists and assistant practitioners.

Website: www.cnwl.nhs.uk/camden-palliative-care-team

Macmillan Support

Macmillan provides physical, emotional and financial support to help you live life as fully as you can.

Telephone: 0808 808 00 00

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk

Co-ordinate my Care and Future Matters Service

It is now possible for you to begin a CMC plan yourself. You can go to the mycmc page on the CoordinateMyCare website, where you can click on Start mycmc and watch the introductory video to find out more. However, you will still need to meet with a healthcare professional to discuss and complete the care plan before it can be shared with other services. If you are unsure whether you already have a CMC plan in place, please contact Reception on 0207 619 6670.

The Future Matters service has a team of trained volunteers who can support patients to complete a Coordinate my Care Plan via the myCMC portal and make lasting powers of attorney.

Email: gethelp@ageukislington.org.uk

Telephone: 0207 281 6018

FutureMatters is a partnership between Age UK Islington and EOLC support organisation Gentle Dusk, and is funded by North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dying matters

Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

Website: www.dyingmatters.org