Cancer Care West will hold public open days at its new Cancer Support Services Centre at 72 Seamus Quirke Road, Galway today (Thursday ) and tomorrow (Friday ) from 9am to 5pm. The events will allow the public to visit the centre and view the amenities on offer.
The centre aims to provide support to people living with the effects of cancer by helping them discover and develop the strength of their resources in coping with the disease.
The centre will be staffed by a team of experienced cancer professionals, including the clinical psychologist, a counselling psychologist, oncology trained nurses and a team of complementary therapists who will provide information, advice and support to patients and their families.
Director of psychology and support services with Cancer Care West Dr Helen Greally says the centre is a place for anyone with a cancer diagnosis or anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer, be it the cancer patient themselves, their family or friends.
“It doesn’t matter what stage of the journey the person is at, they will always be welcome at the centre. Our emphasis is on providing a warm, supportive environment that complements the medical treatment. If a person wants to drop in and have a cup of coffee, have a chat or simply sit in a safe environment, this centre is the ideal place.”
Appointments will be available with the clinical or counselling psychologist who can provide individual sessions where a person can talk, get support and learn strategies for dealing with a diagnosis of cancer and its consequences. Complementary therapies that provide evidence-based intervention to support the adjustment to a cancer diagnosis will be available including massage, reflexology, yoga and nutrition workshops.