New course to help cancer sufferers

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A NEW course is to be launched to help cancer patients and survivors in the Dearne Valley.

The Self Management to Improve Life Experience (SMILE) course will be launched at Barnsley Hospital next month.

The six week rolling programme aims to enable cancer survivors to regain normality and to empower them to self manage their health and healthcare needs.

Katie Hopkins, cancer information manager who will be delivering the programme, said the course was introduced in consultation with patients who identified areas which “can have an overall impact on someone’s wellbeing such as information on benefits or advice on beauty therapies.”

The course covers topics such as how to cope with fatigue and stress and improve sleep patterns, general exercise, benefits welfare advice and healthy eating.

The first course will begin on Monday, February 20, at The Core, County Way, Barnsley.

For further information contact Alison Spencer on 01226 433979.