Health and wellbeing.svgHealth and Wellbeing includes the provision of accessible information about emotional support, coping with side effects, financial advice, getting back to work and making healthy lifestyle choices. This support is available to patients and their families and carers before, during and after cancer treatment.

Use our Health and Wellbeing checklist to help you and your family/carers identify what you might need to know, and help you keep track of information you have already been given. 

Our Virtual Health and Wellbeing Patient Resource Pack provides information and contact details for physical, emotional and psychological support available across Surrey and Sussex.

We have also produced a guide to the cancer professionals you may meet during your care. People I may need explains what those health professionals do and how they can support you.


Health and Wellbeing Top Tip Videos

We have produced a range of health and wellbeing videos to provide top tips for cancer patients across the region. 

The short, two-to-three minute films feature therapists, dieticians and oncologists from across the cancer alliance’s footprint. The first of the videos can be found below and we will be adding to this over the coming weeks.

Our thanks to: The Fountain Centre based at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Brighter Outlook based in Brighton and Hove, Phyllis Tuckwell  in Farnham, and the Macmillan centre at the Queen Victoria NHS Foundation Trust in East Grinstead. 

Top tips on exercising through cancer treatment - find out from Ros Addison, cancer rehabilitation exercise specialist at Albion in the Community, how exercise can help prepare you for cancer treatment, help manage the side effects and aid recovery.
Ros Addison, cancer rehabilitation exercise specialist at Albion in the Community, provides top tips to help you get into a regular routine of manageable and achievable physical activity which will help you regain mobility after treatment.
Dr May Teoh, clinical oncologist and the alliance's co-clinical lead for personalised care and support, provides top tips to help you manage the side effects of your cancer treatment and says it is important to keep in contact with your healthcare team as getting help early on is much more effective.
Catherine Fortescue, occupational therapist at Phyllis Tuckwell says there are many small changes you can make which will help improve your sleep while you are going through cancer treatment.
Catherine Fortescue, occupational therapist at Phyllis Tuckwell, says most people suffer with fatigue at some point during their cancer treatment so identify what drains your energy and discover ways of reducing those demands.
Dr Ruth MacQueen, principal clinical psychologist for cancer services at Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, says it is understandable to feel frightened and anxious when given a diagnosis of cancer. Here she provides practical top tips to help you cope.
Jo Thompson, lead nurse for supportive and palliative care at the St Luke’s Cancer Centre based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, explains how to use strong pain killers effectively and safely if you are getting pain caused by cancer.
Elizabeth Moore, senior clinical dietitian at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, says poor appetite is a common side effect of cancer and its treatments. Here she gives top tips on how to improve your appetite with some food and drink suggestions that might help.
Keeping in touch with your GP practice following a cancer diagnosis - this animated video, created by Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, explains why it is important to stay in touch with your GP practice, the support the practice can give you, and how a Cancer Care Review can help.