Getting Support for You
At the moment you may need different types of support both physical and emotional. Make sure you ask for help as and when you need it (no matter how big or small the help you require is). You can seek support from family or friends or your healthcare team. You may not need anything immediately but this section can direct you in case you need support in the future.
You can be referred to any of the following services via the hospital where you received your treatment or your GP:
- Pain clinics
- Occupational therapy
- Social services
- Complementary therapy.
You can also use local support such as your District Nurse and where applicable a Community Nurse or local Hospice Nurse. If you have a good relationship with your Gynae-CNS or your GP please do talk to them about your options so that you can get more support as and when you need it.
Referral to a Hospice
You might want to consider a referral to your local hospice or community palliative care team. Don’t be concerned by this, palliative care is about a holistic approach to care, for both mind and body, that can be given at any point after diagnosis.
Whilst it is true that some people choose to spend their last days in a hospice, people who are active and well also benefit from therapeutic services that are given to out-patients such as massage or counselling.
At a hospice you can access pain management teams who are experts in helping you to live life to the full.
The hospice can:
- Provide you with a team of highly specialised professionals including specialist nurses and doctors who will support you and answer your questions about treatment.
- Help you access hospice nurses who are very experienced at supporting women and their families and can help with issues, such as managing your relationships, which can understandably be strained at this time. Your Gynae-CNS or palliative care team can assist in facilitating conversations if you or your family are finding this difficult.
- Offer the opportunity for you to visit for the day and they may also have a ‘Hospice at Home’ service that provides support in your home and this also provides respite for family/carers.
- Help you find other services such as financial or social support.
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