Sunday 12 July, 2020

VIDEO: Early Christmas for ailing cancer patients

Patient, Stephen Arlington Gale receives his Christmas gift from members of the Cancer Support Services, Olga Lashley (left) and Jan Lynton (right).

Patient, Stephen Arlington Gale receives his Christmas gift from members of the Cancer Support Services, Olga Lashley (left) and Jan Lynton (right).

Christmas came early to the cancer patients of Ward C12 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). 

On Thursday, the Cancer Support Services hosted its annual Christmas party on the Ward where patients were treated to singing, a hearty lunch as well as gifts. 

 

 

{Video Caption: David Howard serenading the patients of Ward C12}

Public Relations Officer with the Cancer Support Services and cancer survivor, Antoine Williams told the media for those patients who 'maybe on their way out', the festivities does wonders in lifting their spirits.  

Williams also noted the CSS has been placing additional emphasis on supporting patients and families through counselling, especially as the illness progresses. 

"This is a journey that can be described as unique to the individual, everybody's journey is different. Counselling is one of the key areas which we place our emphasize because for the patient, as well as the families. Once we identify the specific need then we provide the services accordingly." 

Williams disclosed 2020 will be a busy year of the organization as they will be rolling out initiatives to bring more members into the fold as well as increasing awareness for colon cancer screening and early detection. 

"In a lot of organizations you look at the demographic and say 'oh that is for old people' so we need to change that mindset and involve younger people. We may not be able to build out a youth arm but we want them to give more of themselves, whether you are 18, 25 or 82, we want you to be a member because that is the only way the organization can grow. Young people are also journeying with cancer with their families and we want to give them that understanding and awareness." 

 

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