Cancerkin’s East London Newsletter, December 2014

Festive greetings to all of our supporters and welcome to the second edition of our East London newsletter.

Cancerkin reaches out to East London clinicians

On November 10th the East London manager, Xanthe, represented Cancerkin at the London Cancer Breast Cancer Education Event. Clinicians were very receptive to the services we offer to patients and were keen to hear more. We made connections with surgeons, breast care nurses and radiographers working in East London and hope to see an increase in our patient numbers as a result. We are most grateful to Sophie Lansdowne from London Cancer for organising the event and granting us a table and to the Royal College of Physicians for hosting such a engaging event.

Cancerkin continues to spread breast awareness in East London

In November, we thoroughly enjoyed giving a breast awareness talk to the women of St Hilda’s East’s Bondhon Project, not least because of the delicious samosas that they kindly shared with us. Based at St Hilda’s East Community Centre, the Bondhon Project welcomes Bangladeshi women in Tower Hamlets who are experiencing mental health issues. We learned a lot about the challenges which face the Bangladeshi community in East London. It was a pleasure for us to partner with such an empowering project to give them crucial information on how to check their breasts for the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Many thanks to Sultana Begum for hosting and translating for us.

Our Awareness Ambassador, Jay Singh, organised an awareness event at Manor Park Community Centre. Jay gave an interesting and informative talk to Manor Park’s Caribbean Pensioners group and his presentation was well received by the entire audience. It was good to see so many men in the audience who were interested in breast cancer and who understood the importance of being breast aware. A big thank you to Mr Mangal for inviting us to the group and for being so welcoming to our East London team.

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We held an awareness stall in the Health Spot at Hackney Central Library on December 5. This was a successful event; we reached a range of different people and dispelled some common breast cancer myths. The Health Spot is a source of information on health and wellbeing and aims to help people change their lives. Many thanks to Adrian Morris and the library team for hosting us.

Coping with chemotherapy workshop

We would like to thank Dr Ruth Weiner for inviting us to raise awareness of our services at the NHS Coping with Chemotherapy workshop at Vicarage Lane Health Centre, Stratford. The workshop helps people going through chemotherapy by connecting them with others undergoing treatment and providing advice on managing the side effects. We would highly recommend it to all of our Newham patients who are going through or have been through chemotherapy. To book your place, please call Vicarage Lane Centre directly on 0208 536 2161.

Complementary therapy sessions

Please see below the 2015 timetable for Cancerkin’s complementary therapy sessions. We visit each of our four East London venues once a month. For more information or to book an appointment, call the East London team directly on 0207 830 2310 or email eastldn@cancerkin.org.uk.

St Joseph’s Hospice
 Mare Street, London,   E8 4SA

10.00-16.30pm

St Peter’s Church
De Beauvoir Town

Northchurch Terrace,   N1 5AT, 10.00-16.30pm

Bromley-by-Bow
 St Leonard’s Street, London, E3 3BT

13.00-16.30pm

The Given-Wilson Institute, St Mary’s Road, E13 9AE

10.00-16.30pm

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Cancerkin’s East London Newsletter, November 2014

Cancerkin Reaches 200 East London Cancer Patients

Since its humble beginnings in 2009, the East London programme has provided support to 200 people with breast cancer. This is a big achievement for us and we would like to thank all of our supporters and partners for making this possible. To celebrate this, we’ve decided to start a monthly newsletter to keep you all updated on what we’ve been up to.

Cancerkin tells East Londoners to be Breast AwareWP_20140814_002

In the last few months, we have been busy raising breast awareness at community centres across East London. During our talks, we have reached out to several different community groups including the Chinese community of Newham, a group of Somalian ladies in Tower Hamlets and Bangladeshi women in Hackney, all of whom have been identified as communities with low awareness. Feedback has indicated that following our talk, recipients were more likely to check their breasts, knew more about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and would report any concerns to GPs. This is, of course, a huge achievement for us and we are delighted that we can help women take control of their breast health.

We are currently training three new awareness ambassadors (volunteers from East London universities) to promote breast health around East London. Look out for Jay, Sajidah and Farhana at therapy sessions.

East London Programme Hits The Media
As some of you may know, we were recently featured on BBC 4’s Woman’s Hour as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Despite East London having one of the lowest mortality rates in the UK, there is little non-medical support in the area. Woman’s Hour visited our East London Programme to discover what we are doing to raise awareness of the disease and provide support across Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

You can listen to the programme by visiting www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jlntq

We would like to thank Victoria and Anisah, our previous East London manager, for representing us so well. We would also like to thank all those who were interviewed on the day, particularly Connie Dias, who kindly shared her touching story.

Our work was also featured in Eastern Eye, a newspaper aimed at the Asian community of East London. The article focussed on women of the southeast Asian community and the health barriers that they face. Many thanks to Reena Kumar for writing such an insightful piece. We’d also like to thank Jubida Patel for not only sharing her story, but also getting dolled up for the camera.

Cancerkin’s East London Programme on Woman’s Hour

Cancerkin are proud to have been featured on BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour as part of their coverage of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Despite East London having one of the lowest mortality rates in the UK, there is little non-medical support in the area. Woman’s Hour visited our East London Programme to discover what we are doing to raise awareness of disease and provide support across Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. You can listen to the radio programme on the BBC Website by clicking here.