The number of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the Scottish Borders was around 700 per year in 2016-2017.
Over the next five years, this is set to increase to over 800 cases.
Support for people in the Borders who have been affected by cancer is available through initiatives being delivered in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support.
Move More Borders is a physical activity programme for people affected by cancer. The programme is funded by Macmillan and is in partnership with Live Borders.
Activities include walking groups, gentle movement classes (similar to Tai Chi), small group training classes and gardening groups.
The activities are free and family and friends are also welcome.
Taking part in physical activity during and after cancer treatment can help to prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression and risks to heart health.
For more information call 01896 661166 ext 311, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) aims to support people who have completed cancer treatment, giving them the opportunity to complete a Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) that will help to identify their ongoing concerns or problems.
This will be followed up by inviting people to attend a variety of health and wellbeing events, where support and information regarding what to expect will be provided, along with the services that are available.
The British Red Cross is working in collaboration with TCAT to support people after their treatment and recovery from cancer whether their needs are practical, emotional or physical, and develop a plan to that will help them to regain a sense of control over their lives.
Below are some testimonials from people who have used the service.
“After the trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment, it can be so difficult to return to a normal life. If you’re on your own like I am, it can be an especially lonely time. TCAT has helped me no end. As well as giving me a lot more confidence, my quality of life has greatly improved. I’m certainly more outgoing since making use of the project and would definitely recommend anyone who has been through cancer to get in touch.”
“The help was very comprehensive and if something wasn’t available they would look to fins another provision. This all made me feel empowered, supported and secure.”
TCAT is also a free service and is being offered by the British Red Cross with Macmillan Cancer Support, NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council. To find out more, contact the Red Cross on 01896 751888.