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Cancer patients take part in research study to help improve their physical and mental wellbeing during treatment

Patients who are receiving cancer treatment in North Wales are participating in a study looking at how online psychological support can improve their wellbeing. 

The North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre are participating in the Finding My Way UK Study that is investigating how well a self-directed online support programme works in reducing distress and improving well-being for people with cancer.

Patients are currently being recruited into the trial, which is led by The University of Chester, from across North Wales and North West England.

One patient who is currently participating in the trial is John Fleet, a retired Consultant Surgeon, who says he is proud to contribute to a study that will benefit others with cancer.

He said: “I’m very proud to be participating in a research project that has the potential to be of benefit to others in the future.”

The Research Team at Glan Clwyd Hospital have so far recruited eight patients into the study.

Beryl Roberts, Head of Nursing for the Cancer Division at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “The Finding My Way programme has been in development for Australian cancer survivors for over 10 years, and we are very excited to share the first UK-adapted version of this programme with our patients.

“Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are delighted to be participating in this psychological study which will offer an on line support for our patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and having cancer treatment. A cancer diagnosis is stressful and many of our patients experience psychological distress.  Research is very important for us to understand how we can help and support our patients during and after treatment for cancer.

Dr Lynne Grundy , Principle Investigator for Finding My Way in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board added: “This trial is so important for cancer patients in North Wales, this study offers them the opportunity to provide them with extra support during very challenging times.”