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.
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’S AND DON’T’S :-
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%