Brain Tumour Support and Information Event held in Ansty on 20 May

The following press release was issued jointly with Brain Tumour Support.

Brain Tumour Support and Information Event
Friday, May 20, 2016
Ansty Golf and Conference Centre, Coventry

Being diagnosed with a brain tumour can completely change your life, and not only for the patient themselves but their family and friends as well. This event was put together jointly by Brain Tumour Support and the neuro-oncology staff at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), to help support people to deal with the life-changing effects of a brain tumour diagnosis.

With almost 100 people attending, the day brought a mixture of talks from patients and professionals, alongside access to information and support from a range of local organisations and the opportunity to meet and talk to others who really know what it is like to be in this position.

Speakers included Audrey Hopwood, Clinical Nurse Specialist at UHCW, talking about treatment and support for patients with brain tumours, Dr Ion Boiangiu, Clinical Oncologist at UHCW, giving an insight into the latest clinical updates on brain tumour diagnosis and treatment; Dr Louise Price, Head of Neuro Psychology and Physical Health Psychology Services at UHCW, speaking about both physical and psychological impacts felt by patients and their families; and Catherine Dell, who spoke movingly about her own experiences as a brain tumour survivor.

Stand holders included Age UK, Health Watch, Coventry Carers and local hospices, giving out information and the opportunity for those attending to discuss the range of services they provide. Pampering sessions were provided by the Boots Macmillan Pharmacist and Beauty Advisors, and even Mr Hippo, Brain Tumour Support’s popular mascot, put in an appearance bringing a smile to lots of faces.

Audrey Hopwood, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neuro-oncology at UHCW, who helped organise the event, said:
‘We were really pleased to support this event for patients, carers and the public. Most people are aware of brain tumours, but many are unaware of the range of treatments and support available, unless they or a family member or friend have received such a diagnosis.

‘We need to raise awareness of the effects that malignant and non-malignant brain tumours can have, and to help people identify possible symptoms so that patients and their families can get the help they need.’

Co- organiser Louise Tully, Brain Tumour Support Worker for Coventry and Warwickshire, commented:
‘I was delighted by the success of the day, the aim being to pull together all those who can offer support in one place.

‘A problem that I constantly see in my work is isolation. Patients and carers often feel alone and by coming to this event they will realise that they are not on their own, that there are people who care about them and who want to help them and their families to get the most out of life.’

Brain Tumour Support offer a range of services to help support anyone affected by a brain tumour diagnosis, including a regular support group, run in conjunction with the Clinical Nurse Specialist team at UHCW and Brainwaves, that meets monthly at Ansty Social Club, Coventry. Full details are available on their website: