A NATIONAL bowel cancer charity held their first ever Midlands Patient Day at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
The charity Beating Bowel Cancer held the event at the Charles Hastings Education Centre on April 8.
The free event was an opportunity for patients and their families to take part in interactive workshops on the physical and emotional effects of bowel cancer, practical advice on healthy living during and after treatment, a keep fit session, a carers only session and the latest advances in surgery and treatment.
Organisers were backed by support from the colorectal nursing team of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which includes hospitals in Worcester, Redditch and Kidderminster.
Their stoma nurses, dieticians and chemotherapy nurses were on hand all day with reassurance and advice.
Attendees were inspired by the two patient speakers, Sheena Wilson and Wayne Smith, who shared their stories and explained how they were coping with life after a bowel cancer diagnosis.