The next can­cer chal­lenge

Pi­o­neer­ing sup­port ser­vices through­out your can­cer jour­ney

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Chai Cancer Care -

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.

Mu­sic­ther­apy Chai at

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