The next cancer challenge
Pioneering support services throughout your cancer journey
CHAICANCERCareis the UK Jewish community’s cancersupport organisation, enabling cancer patients, their family members and friends to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Currently, more than 1,750 cancer patients and their families are benefiting from Chai’s specialised services from its eight centres across the UK. These are available to all members of the Jewish community, regardless of age, type of cancer, stage of the disease or financial means.
Chai’s services include counselling, therapies and practical advice. Patients can use the services to aid and complement their treatment, or simply to improve their quality of life while living with cancer. The Chai flagship centre in north west London is the base for its services and support programmes, while seven satellite centres serve communities across the country. And when clients cannot get to Chai, they can be seen in their own homes.
Chai has recently completed a new wing on its campus in Hendon. In collaboration with Marie Curie Cancer Care and The Royal Free Foundation NHS Trust, this building houses the new medical outpatient rehabilitation and palliative care service, reaching out to patients with survivorship needs. It is also the home of Chai’s groundbreaking teenage resource centre and dedicated art studio and music therapy room.
People turn to Chai at all stages of their cancer journey — from diagnosis, through treatment, when trying to regain control of their lives and even many years later. At a time when we are witnessing a transformation in the treatment of people with cancer, Chai’s range of services is all the more important. Cancer is being diagnosed earlier, there are better scanning techniques, more sophisticated personalised cancer treatments and new drugs. It is estimated that by 2030 there will be almost 4 million people living with and beyond their cancers (currently there are 1.6 million).
Managing the impact of cancer and the long-term effects of cancer treatments is an on-going struggle for healthcare. However Chai has had the foresight to confront these challenges and prepare for them, often being ahead of the curve. For this reason and many more, Chai is recognised as a leader in the field of cancer support. Chai does not charge for services and does not receive any statutory funding. To continue to meet the increasing demands for its expertise and care, Chai depends on the generosity of the community.
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