Wales

Chemotherapy class for first-time cancer patients

Chris Dunning, with his wife Teresa and daughter Laura, speaking to Tenovus cancer support advisor Rachael Sharples Image copyright Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Image caption Chris Dunning with his wife Teresa and daughter Laura, speaking to Tenovus cancer support advisor Rachael Sharples

People facing chemotherapy for the first time can speak to cancer experts to help prepare them for treatment as part of a pilot scheme.

Betsi Cadwaladr health board and charity Tenovus run the project, which lasts for three more months, at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire.

People can also go to group sessions with a family member or friend.

Patient Chris Dunning said it "put my mind at ease".

Mr Dunning, from Pentre Halkyn, Flintshire, is set to undergo three cycles of chemotherapy to shrink a tumour in his oesophagus before he can have it removed.

Classes enable people to talk to senior nursing staff and representatives from Tenovus about what treatment will involve and advice on recuperation, as well as introducing patients to the ward staff who will treat them.

"The class has made a big difference and taken a lot of the trepidation I had about the treatment away," said Mr Dunning.

Beryl Roberts, a matron at the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre, said: "Having chemotherapy for the first time can be scary, but the feedback has shown that having a calming, expert voice to talk about it has really helped."

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