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"To all staff on the Day Unit. A really big thank you for looking after and making my wife's time during her treatment much easier to cope with.  Both my daughter and I have nothing but the highest praise for you all".  Mr JC

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Treatment which relieves the symptoms and pain.

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Northern Centre for Cancer Care

Palliative Care

Contact: (0191) 213 8606 - Palliative Care Team

Palliative Care is aimed at reducing and relieving the symptoms of cancer and its treatment.  Most patients needing palliative care have advanced cancer but it may be helpful at any stage of the disease. We offer help with pain and symptom management, anxiety and worry, as well as support to the patient’s family.

Our aim is to give you, the patient, the best possible quality of life, to limit the side effects of your treatment, and to help ease concerns of your family or carers.

Specialist Palliative Care Teams

We have teams who specialise in providing palliative care. The teams consist of nurses (sometimes called Macmillan nurses), doctors and social workers, all of whom are trained and experienced in palliative care. The teams sometimes have junior doctors or other healthcare professionals working with them, so that they can get experience working in this field.

Any member of the ward team who is involved in your care can arrange for you to be seen by a member of the palliative care team. It is important that you agree they can contact you, and that the consultant responsible for your care has agreed.

Outpatients at NCCC can also be referred to the team.

We also work closely with those who will be helping to care for you at home – especially social workers and district nurses. When you finish your treatment at NCCC, we can arrange for the community palliative care team for your area to visit you at home.

How can we help?

We offer expert guidance for patients and their families and aim to:

  • Give advice and support on the symptoms that concern you most
  • Give you an opportunity to discuss physical, emotional and social needs
  • Enable you to express your thoughts and feelings
  • Work closely with all members of the hospital team involved in your care
  • Liaise with your GP, district or community Macmillan nurse, if needed
  • Link up with your local hospice services for inpatient, outpatient, day hospice or day treatment care, if needed.

If you would like to talk to a member of our palliative care team for advice, or just to get more information about what we do, simply ask one of the staff in your ward or out-patient clinic to contact us on the number provided above. We will get back to you as soon as we can. 

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