A diagnosis of cancer may influence a personís mood, their relationships, activities, spirituality, work or other areas of their life. The Cancer Care Psychology Service works with people who are struggling with the impact of cancer and its treatment upon their lives.
The team accepts referrals from members of the oncology team at the Whittington Hospital, (i.e. doctors, CNSs and Macmillan staff). All clients under the care of the oncology teams are eligible for an assessment appointment.
Psychology input focuses on helping people to live with the impact of the cancer and the treatment, to build on their existing strengths and resources, to explore ways of coping and to learn and practice new strategies.
One to one psychology sessions are currently offered only to cancer patients, but they are free to bring a family member, partner or friend to their appointments.
Current therapy approaches offered include Systemic and Narrative approaches, CBT, and EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing).
The patient can request a psychology referral through any member of their medical team (e.g., Clinical Nurse Specialist Ė CNS, Consultant, or Macmillan Information & Support Manager).
If the patient feels unable to wait until the next appointment, s/he (or someone on their behalf) can contact the CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) for their tumour group* by contacting the Whittington Hospital switchboard on 0207 272 3070. The CNS can then make the referral (unless there are clear reasons why s/he thinks this is not appropriate).
The medical practitioner makes a referral through ĎAnglia Iceí, including the patientís main reasons for wanting psychological support, what they hope to gain from the sessions, and the patientís contact phone number or email.
* Tumour groups are: skin; haematology; lung; colorectal; kidney, bladder, prostate and testicular; breast and gynaecological cancer.