New support centre for cancer victims

PUBLISHED: 08:35 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:21 15 June 2010

A NEW cancer support centre is expected to open in Axminster next year to help sufferers cope better physically and emotionally.

A NEW cancer support centre is expected to open in Axminster next year to help sufferers cope better physically and emotionally.AXCIS (Axminster Cancer Information and Support) is due to open in January 2009 to offer help, support and information to cancer patients and their carers in the area.The centre will operate from the Awareness Centre, which has been offering healing and complementary health services in Axminster for over 10 years, and will initially offer a weekly drop-in session.AXCIS committee co-ordinator Debbie Foster, a Shiatsu practitioner at the Awareness Centre, said: "There's a lack of any support network around here. We want a place where people can come and meet other people who are going through the same thing."A diagnosis of cancer can be a devastating and frightening experience, with many competing emotions. It is now recognised that a strong support network increases the recovery and 'healing' of patients. "We would give nutritional advice, relaxation tips - things which will enable them to help themselves as well as orthodox treatment. This can help them better deal with the side affects of their treatments and we're trying to make this available to everybody."The centre will offer a free service, with healing available by voluntary donation. A wide range of complementary therapies will also be available at a greatly reduced costs.The committee is looking for volunteers to assist in a range of activities, including offering a friendly welcome or listening. They would particularly like to hear from anyone who has experience of working with or supporting cancer patients, or from people who have had cancer themselves.It is anticipated that all volunteers will be offered free basic training, with the first two workshops run by Macmillan planned for October 29 and 30.An open meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2, at 7pm at the Axminster Awareness Centre. For more information contact Debbie on 01297 35211 or e-mail . Alternatively, contact Lyn at the Centre on 01297 32331.

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