Evelyn O’Toole announced as Cancer Care West advocate

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Evelyn O’Toole’s role as an advocate at Cancer Care West is to help communicate the services the organisation provides.

  • Her first initiative is to increase awareness of the organisation amongst GPs and to gain their support in ensuring their patients are aware of the care that is available to them through CCW. At this stage, she is looking for advice from GPs on how we can increase our success in this area.
  • The second initiative is to target effective communication of the services of CCW to employers and local businesses.

CCW have the capacity to help a great many more people and Evelyn’s role is to ensure that as many people as possible know that they can receive help here following a cancer diagnosis. This includes the patient themselves and their whole family including children.

CCW’s assistance is there during treatment, following treatment and includes supporting families who have lost loved ones from the disease.

The services are free of charge and are not means tested. There are no applications, no judgments, just help from people who understand what you are going through.

When you walk through the door of CCW, you gain access to an extensive help network. This network provides many valuable services to affected individuals and families – some of which are listed below.

Services include:

  • Counseling (provided by CCW’s team of qualified psychologists – led by director of psychology Helen Greally)
  • Nursing support, information, and advice (a dedicated oncology nurse)
  • A drop-in support center from Monday to Friday
  • Financial and benefits advice
  • Massage therapy, reflexology, and manual lymphatic drainage
  • Nutrition workshops and cooking classes
  • Yoga, Tai Chi and mindfulness classes