Course to help cancer patients “take control”

11 July 2017

A free “Take Control” workshop will be held in Colchester this month to help build the confidence of people who have been through treatment for cancer.

It will take place on Friday 28 July between 1pm and 4pm at Colchester General Hospital.

Up to 12 places are available on the course, which is open to anyone living in north east Essex who has completed treatment for cancer within the past five years or who is just about to finish treatment.

It will be run jointly by Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.

One of the facilitators will be Debbie Farthing, Macmillan Information and Support Manager at Colchester General Hospital.

“The workshop will focus on practical and emotional skills, self-management techniques and coping strategies to help you move forward and ‘take control’ of life after treatment has finished,” she said.

“Patients who have taken part in previous courses have reported an improvement in their own sense of wellbeing.”

The other facilitator will be Maureen Bennett from Coggeshall who has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer.

“I count it as a privilege to facilitate this workshop,” she said. “I never cease to be amazed at the benefit people find from being free to talk about their cancer journey in a safe environment.”

* Anyone wanting further information or to book a place should contact Debbie Farthing. Tel 01206 745347; email

Alternatively, contact Maureen Bennett. Email; phone 01376 563608, or text your name and contact number to her on 07525 771862.