Oct 15, 2018

The first women's cancer care centre in Hong Kong

We are starting up a new centre exclusively for women cancer patients:

  • Supportive, specialist cancer care services for women
  • Provide specially adapted services for women

Our new centre puts the focus on sensitive women's health issues such as these. We provide specialist services to support women across all areas of their life – work, home, family and social lives – helping them look forward to a brighter tomorrow.

Four of the ten most common cancers among women in Hong Kong affect women only. The most common types are:

  1. Breast
  2. Corpus uteri
  3. Ovarian
  4. Cervical

Female cancers can have a significant impact on everything: femininity, sexuality and even fertility.

We will be adopting a holistic approach to help the users navigate their cancer journeys with confidence. We’ll also provide support services for their partners and children, helping them adapt and understand how to give the users the level of care and reassurance the users’ need.

A full range of support services will be led by medical professionals:

Professional services/workshops

One-to-one sessions and tailored workshops hosted by registered nurses and dietitians.

Here, we'll equip the users and their loved ones with the knowledge and skills needed to manage cancer treatment and its side effects. We can also advise them on recovery and rehabilitation.

Individual/family counselling

Counselling sessions hosted by clinical psychologists and social workers with experience of female cancers.

We'll help the users and their family better understand the diagnosis, manage the hereafter emotions/fears and discuss issues relating to sexuality/intimacy.

Wellness and holistic healthcare

Weekly wellness programmes aimed at strengthening the body and mind, including:

  • Yoga therapy
  • Breathing and relaxation
  • Meditation

Peer-support groups

Seven self-help groups for women's cancer, providing valuable information and encouragement for the users and their families.

Art therapy

Art therapist-led sessions designed to help unlock suppressed feelings and communicate better with loved ones (both verbally and non-verbally) using music, visual art, drama and dance.

Body image support

'Look good, feel better' programmes developed to help improving ones’ confidence, quality of life and overall well-being. We provide:

  • Free headscarf/hair styling
  • Wigs for loan
  • Breast prosthesis/underwear subsidies

 

All the services mentioned above are free of charge and can only be made possible through donations you. Your generosity will directly benefit those touched by cancer in Hong Kong.

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May 14, 2018

CancerLink Jockey Club Support Centre Kwai Chung

CancerLink Jockey Club Support Centre, Kwai Chung (“KCC”) entered its second half -year (Oct 17 - Mar 18) of service since its official commencement in June 2017. Since January 2018, KCC has extended its reach to other nearby urban areas in the New Territories.

KCC continued to adopt a strength-based family-centred approach to address the practical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families living with cancer. The top five KCC user profiles are breast, colon, lung, prostate and nasopharyngeal carcinoma cancer patients. Since January 2018, we started an orientation programme with Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) located in the same district targeting newly diagnosed colon and prostate cancer patients and their families to support them with the right information to help them make the right treatment decisions. Since then, more male patients have sought services from our centre and we have organised various group programmes to address the physical wellbeing of male patients with prostate cancers.

In the reporting period, KCC engaged 383 new users, of which 38% were family members. 23% were at the point of diagnosis/waiting for treatment, 51% were at treatment stage, 22% were in rehabilitation stage, 2% were at reoccurrence and 2% were at palliative stages. They were split across the following age groups: 7% under 40 years of age, 42% between 41 to 60 years of age, and 51% over 61 years of age.

KCC has actively cultivated partnerships and engagements with organisations in the community, such as the Medical Social Service Unit, elderly centres and female centres. The case referral mechanism with Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) was well-defined and streamlined and regular outreach programmes for the breast cancer patients were organised with the Breast Clinic of PMH.

To recap, KCC has reached a total of 788 registered users with 31,804 attendances since its opening in June 2017. We will continue to serve our community and try our best to ensure no one faces cancer alone.

Feb 16, 2018

CancerLink Jockey club support Centre Kwai Chung

-  Our service was soft launched on 1 December 2016 and the centre was officially opened on 8 June 2017

- 8 months down the line it is proving a vital service and is being hugely used. The large space is allowing for a more diverse range of classes to take place and we are receving very positive feedback from our users.


-  We adopt 'Strength-based Family Centered' approach and 'Evidence-based Practice' to provide practical, psychological, social and spiritual care services to cancer patients and their families residing in the Kwai Chung, Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan and Tung Chung area.  All our services are free.

-  Kwai Chung is an urban area in the New Territories. Together with Tsing Yi Island, it forms the Kwai Tsing District of Hong Kong. 520,000 people (7.1% of Hong Kong population) live in Kwai Tsing.

  Population characteristics:

  *  Over 60% of the people in the district are in the low income bracket.

  *  16.7% of the population are aged 65 or above.

  *  Residents of Kwai Tsing are of the third lowest educational level in Hong Kong.

  *  Household income is below average.

-  Service summary:

  *  A total of 5,754 users and their family members were served from December 2016 to July 2017.

  *  The number of case management increased 26% during April 2017 to July 2017 when compared with December 2016 to March 2017.

  *  The average number of visitors per day increased 26% during April 2017 to July 17 when compared with December 16 to March 2017.

  *  Total 122 groups/workshops of 279 sessions had been organized with 3,792 attendance.
Your donation has really helped those touched by cancer, thank you! 
 
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