Cancer Support at Pathfields Medical Group

A New Cancer Diagnosis

Following a new diagnosis of Cancer, you will be contacted by the Cancer Care Support Worker at Pathfields Medical Group. An initial letter will be sent, followed by a telephone call to book a telephone review appointment with the Doctor. We encourage patients to discuss any issues they may have with the Doctor during this phone call.

The Cancer Care Support Worker is available as a point of contact for patients with a Cancer diagnosis. Initial contact is made following diagnosis and a follow up review will be planned a few months later. However, patients can get in touch at any point by telephone or emailing us at FAO Cancer Care Support Worker.

Finding out that you have cancer can be a shock, even if you already suspected it. These days, many people are cured of cancer or are able to live with it for many years. But being diagnosed can still cause different fears and emotions. There is no right or wrong way to feel.

Macmillan Cancer Support can help with the following if you have been diagnosed:

It is natural to worry about these things and to be upset by them. It is fine to cry and say how you feel. But remember that help is available.

There is advice and support too at Macmillan Cancer Support, which offers a free helpline 8am-8pm 7 days a week on 0808 808 00 00

Local Support

The MySunrise App is an award winning free information resource designed specifically to support patients through their cancer treatment journey at their NHS Hospital.

MySunrise App provides a complete up-to-date information and reference tool for Cancer patients and their families, which guides and supports them through their cancer journey. It is complete with a whole range of videos, relevant links, cancer resources and contact information all specific to University Hospital Plymouth cancer centre.

Find the best support for you – all known local Cancer Support Groups can be found at Cancer Support Groups – Plymouth Area

The Mustard Tree

The Mustard Tree Macmillan Cancer Support Centre is available to anyone affected by cancer (at any stage of the illness). They offer a cosy and comfortable environment for patients, relatives and carers to share concerns, ask questions and access a range of support. More information can be found on there website at The Mustard Tree.

Parking Arrangements

If you are visiting Oncology Outpatients, Derriford Hospital, then Car Park C is the closest.

All patients who are undergoing a course of treatment and required to attend the hospital for at least 3 days in a week will be entitled to free parking.

You will also be eligible for free parking if you are attending any of the following departments for an appointment, procedure or treatment in relation to your cancer diagnosis:

  • Oncology Outpatients
  • The Mustard Tree (booked appointments only)
  • Birch Day Case Unit
  • Brent Ward

You will need to show a valid appointment letter to a member of staff on reception in Oncology Outpatients on level 2 and present your parking chip coin for validation.

For more information on these concessions please ring 01752 432000 or go to the Parking Desk by the main entrance on level 6 or click here: Parking at Derriford

Cancer Podcasts

Penny Brohn UK have collated a selection of cancer podcasts, covering information for patients, authentic stories, interviews, discussions and more. There are lots of different podcasts available on their website – Cancer Podcasts Guide | Penny Brohn UK

The easiest way to listen to podcasts is to use iTunes or Spotify on your PC, Phone or Tablet. iTunes and Spotify links are provided in this article.

Cancer Screening Information

Cervical Screening

Breast Screening

Bowel Screening

Testicular Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Pathfields Medical Group Cancer Team Newsletters:

March 2023 – Ovarian, Brain Tumour and Prostate Cancer

April 2023 – Bowel and Testicular Cancer

May 2023 – Skin and Bladder Cancer

Cancer Support at Pathfields Medical Group