Health & Wellbeing

At Active Against Cancer we work closely with many other cancer support services in the Harrogate area, in particular with the wonderful team at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre (SROMC). Consequently, all Active Against Cancer participants are able to access a range of free health and wellbeing services offered through the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre including…

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Macmillan Dietician Service

Macmillan dietician’s are able to provide advice on all aspects of diet and cancer. A balanced diet is essential for building muscle and maintaining a healthy body weight. Therefore having the right diet can really help support your body on your activity journey.

A referral from your Active Against Cancer team member is all that is required to the Macmillan dietician service, so please talk to one of our team if you are interested.

Clinical Psychology

The impact of a cancer diagnosis can affect your mental wellbeing as well as your physical wellbeing. At Active Against Cancer we recognise this and are pleased to be able to work closely with Dr Rachel Phillips, clinical psychologist, at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre.

Find further information on clinical psychology services HERE.

A referral from your Active Against Cancer team member is all that is required to access this support, so please talk to one of our team if you are interested.

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Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies are provided by fully qualified complementary therapists at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre and we hope that in the future we will also be able to run these sessions from our treatment rooms at Active Against Cancer. Each session includes a full consultation with a therapist to ensure the most appropriate therapy for you. The treatments offered are:

The Bowen Technique

gentle pressure applied to precise points on the body

Daoyin Tao

a Chinese face, neck, scalp, and shoulder massage

Reflexology

gentle pressure applied to reflex points on the hands or feet

Reiki

a gentle, supportive treatment channelling ‘Chi’ energy to restore wellbeing

Therapeutic massage

deep, relaxing touch therapy with oils.

Acupuncture

the use of fine needles applied to points in the ear and on the body.

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Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Service

Macmillan welfare and benefits advisers offer advice and information for both patients and carers. The service covers all aspects of financial support and can help you with:

  • Applying for and completing benefit forms
  • Finding local support agencies offering financial help
  • Accessing financial grants and other means of support
  • Appealing claims that have been declined
  • Maximising existing personal income
  • Reducing expenditure.
  • Signposting to other areas of advice and support e.g. work related issues, pension enquiries, debt advice and mortgage assistance.

The service offers free confidential appointments, contact them directly on

01423 557318 or email benefitsadvice@hdft.nhs.uk to find out more.

Hair Loss Support

Hair loss support is available to all patients who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment. Services available through the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre include:

  • Wig fitting – accessible by referral from your clinical nurse specialist or any health care professional involved in you care
  • A range of scarves and stylish headwear (SASH) – including turbans, sleep caps, hats and scarves are available to purchase
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