Our first priority after formally registering as a charity on the island was to establish a patient support group for residents.
The Isle of Man support group meets on the second Monday of every month from 5.30 -7pm at the Lisa Lowe Centre in Douglas. The group is open to everyone affected by lung cancer including patients, carers and family members.
We are very proud of funding lung cancer support groups. People with lung cancer often feel isolated – even when they have supportive family and friends to lean on. Many people find it helpful to talk to others who are going through a similar experience and can offer help and advice.
I value the contact because I live alone.Support group attendee
Groups are run by lung cancer nurse specialists and the Isle of Man support group will be run by Melody Holt from the charity.
People affected by lung cancer are welcome to attend the group and chat to other patients and carers. Guest speakers, including thoracic surgeons, oncologists, dietitians and physiotherapists, are also invited to the group on occasion to provide specialist knowledge. They can talk about everything from new treatments to managing side effects and financial help.
Staff from the charity will also attend from time to time, to keep you up to date about the charity’s activity on the island, the services available and ways to get involved.