South Bucks Hospice provides patients with a wide range of support including nursing, counselling and complementary therapy. Patients will often be given a number of different therapies by the hospice to support their specific needs, and as those needs change over time.
Steve was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue in November 2019 and underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy which helped him fight the cancer. For Steve, lymphoedema (swelling) in his lymph glands in the neck and head area was a side-effect of the treatments and he was referred to the hospice’s lymphoedema service.
“The hospice has given me all the various treatments and advice. There are exercises and treatments, such as massage, to drain down the lymphoedema from my face, neck and head. Lynn’s treatment has helped me a lot.”
Steve also received counselling in 2020 and says the positivity created at these sessions still helps him overcome the constant negative feeling of living in the shadow of cancer. When he was told the cancer had returned in 2021, Steve said: “The counselling I had earlier received gave me the strength to face the surgery and it still helps me get through the day-to-day challenges of what is an ongoing battle.”
He said of the hospice: “I think it’s wonderful. The staff are so caring and understanding, and their support has really helped me to cope.”