Information for Public, Patients and Carers

* Head and Neck Cancer Patient Journey

A short film from the British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Completing a Symptomatic FIT Test – Information for Patients

The Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) detects traces of human blood in pooh samples. It is used to find early bowel cancer by the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and is a test for patients who attend their GP surgery with certain symptoms.

This short animation has been produced by the Northern Cancer Alliance for patients who have been asked to a complete a test by their GP because they have presented with certain symptoms.


Holistic Needs Assessment – Information for Patients

A Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) is designed to support patients to think about key areas in their life and highlight if they have any particular worries or concerns. This assessment helps to ensure that patients receive the right support and advice that is tailored to their individual needs when they need it most.

This short animation has been produced for patients by the Northern Cancer Alliance to explain the benefits of completing a Health Needs Assessment.


Living Well with Cancer – Information for patients

A healthy lifestyle can be beneficial to patients during and after treatment for cancer. This short animation film has been produced by the Northern Cancer Alliance to provide patients with some useful tips and ideas on how to develop healthy behaviours. It also lets them know where they can find additional helpful information.


NHS England Involvement Hub

The NHS England Involvement Hub offers a number of involvement related learning opportunities for health professionals and members of the public. Topics include reaching seldom heard groups, equality and diversity, understanding the health and social care environment and information governance.

Want to Shape the Future of Cancer Services?

Macmillan have produced a short film about the benefits of engaging people affected by cancer in the development, design and delivery of cancer services.  The films – one aimed at people affected by cancer and one at professionals – are the culmination of over a year’s work with a group of patients, carers and healthcare staff, who want to share their enthusiasm for engagement with others.

Whilst the initial idea came from two Macmillan Engagement Leads, the project has been truly collaborative, bringing people who’ve had a cancer diagnosis and those that care for them together with cancer professionals to shape the project with their knowledge and experience.

To see the film click on the link below:

Launch of the new look ‘Oesophagoose’ website

This website provides patient information relating to oesophageal and stomach cancer. Information includes; signs and symptoms, staging and investigations, treatment and returning home after treatment. Information can be accessed by clicking here.

Cancer and Mental Health Series

The Cancer and Mental Health e-learning has been developed in partnership between people with lived experience of mental health conditions and cancer, Macmillan, Cancer Research UK and is hosted by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust. There are three parts to the course and the first part focusses on prevention, screening and early diagnosis which you can access here. The aim of this course is to offer people living with mental health conditions information on the importance of cancer screening and early diagnosis and where to seek additional support if required. Please click here to access the e-learning.

Part 2 and 3 will be available in 2020.