Daily Archives: 04/04/2019

Prehabilitation – Improving Cancer Treatment Outcomes

Listen to this BBC Inside Health sound clip on Prehabilitation. It’s about 15 minutes in length, but well worth the listening as it describes just how being as fit as possible, before beginning surgery or chemotherapy treatment, increases the favourable outcomes of that treatment.

In thus excellent podcast series Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney. Click on Radio 4 image to see what other health podcasts are available.

To listen to the part of this one, dealing with Prehabilitation, use the play/pause button to play the clip and the volume slider to adjust for listening comfort.

Information & Guidance for Volunteers

Cancer Awareness Raising Event 
Saturday 6th April Hollingbury ASDA

Thank you for volunteering for this Bowel Cancer Awareness Raising Event.  You will be part of a team of Macmillan and Albion in the Community volunteers, Bowel Screening experts, Colorectal Nurse specialists and bowel cancer patients.

AIMS OF THE DAY – To make people more aware of the signs and symptoms of Bowel cancer; the importance of early detection and the NHS Bowel Screening Service and to signpost where people might find information and assistance.


  • To engage with the public in a friendly and non-threatening manner
  • To raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and the bowel screening service
  • To signpost people to other information they might find useful depending on their enquiry – leaflets or clinical information from nurses and/or screening services
  • To record transactions on the day by using a clicker to record each person you speak or give information to. Please pass on individuals who require referral to one of the experts, who will record meaningful interactions on a record sheet.


  • Do listen carefully and don’t rush to give advice
  • Do keep medical information limited. Experts will be there and you can refer to them or refer to the leaflets
  • Do keep “on message”. Emphasise the positive and early detection focus.
  • Avoid personal stories, unless you feel it is really appropriate and you won’t get emotional. Don’t overshare your own details.
  • Do try to get into a conversation and try to get across the key points
  • Familiarise yourself with the background information
  • Feel comfortable. Wear comfy shoes, drink plenty of water and take comfort breaks.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION – Only use this information when necessary. Don’t frighten people

  • Bowel Cancer is the 2nd largest cancer killer – more than road accidents
  • 16,000 people each year die of Bowel cancer
  • More people die from Bowel cancer than breast or prostate cancer
  • BUT survival statistics are high if detected early. The 5 year survival rate is 60%


Denise Savage sdsavage16@gmail.com 07816 329996
Ernie Milner emilner@ntlworld.com 07733 103940
Jackie Arkwell jackiearkwell@yahoo.co.uk 07967049988
Carolyn Phelps carolyn.phelps@albioninthecommunity.org 07880 195514
Chris Penny c.penny@nhs.net 07967 028578
Geoff Brown gbrown@macmillan.org.uk
Sarah Back lower.gi.macmillanrsch@bsuh.nhs.uk 01273 696955 ext64349