Have your say on the future of cancer support

Wessex Cancer Trust, a charity dedicated to providing free and local emotional and practical support for anyone living with cancer, has launched a major piece of research, in partnership with Bournemouth University, to find out what local people need most in terms of cancer support.

The results will put the views and experiences of patients, carers and healthcare professionals at the heart of shaping cancer support services on the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.

Experts will survey hundreds of local people, aged between 10 and 100, who have any type of cancer at any stage, as well as families and friends affected by cancer and major stakeholders including local hospitals, local authorities, other charities and hospices. Questions will include: What do people affected by cancer worry about or need? What gaps do service providers feel need to be filled? And what do families and friends need in terms of support?

Bournemouth University researchers will then analyse the responses to help Wessex Cancer Trust build up an accurate picture of need and make sure local people receive the best possible support from the charity.

Launching the survey, Wessex Cancer Trust’s CEO, Cait Allen, said: “As a regional charity, we have the flexibility and freedom to tailor our services to our own unique populations, and that’s how we’ve been able to provide very specific and relevant support to people affected by cancer in our local area. We’re committed to evolution and innovation, and this new research will help us develop our services to directly address local need.”

Anyone wishing to have their say on the future of cancer support services provided by Wessex Cancer Trust should visit http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/wct-feedback