Affected by Cancer and Live in Bolton? We need you.

Are you or a loved one affected by cancer? Or would you like to help shape cancer services in Bolton? Then please come along to Bolton People Affected by Cancer (BPAC) and share your views.

BPAC is a user involvement group that has co-produced the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service in Bolton (MCISS), along with Bolton Hospice and Bolton NHS Clinical Commissioning group.

Now the Bolton MCISS is up and running, BPAC provides a monitoring role.  Local health organisations, such as Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Bolton NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, are also keen to use their expertise in continuing to develop cancer services in Bolton, in particular the Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer project.

BPAC is looking for new members and we are holding a recruitment day on Wednesday, 29 November, 1-3.30pm, at the Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Centre at Bolton Hospice.

The afternoon will provide more information and background on Bolton PAC, and its plans for the future, along with an opportunity to show your interest in being involved.

Jan O’Brien, from Horwich, became a member of BPAC in 2015, after being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive cancer of the jawbone, in December 2006.

The 41-year-old said: “I was drawn to the group because I felt extremely passionate about being a ‘voice for change’ in our town and the group provided an opportunity to utilise my experience working alongside other patients, carers and health professionals. As a member of the team I feel privileged to be working towards improving services and provision to support cancer patients and their families in Bolton and ensuring they never feel alone. Ensuring that everyone in Bolton who is living with and beyond cancer receives the very best possible help and support they can from the point of diagnosis, and beyond, is a real priority to me.

“I would strongly encourage anyone who has been affected by cancer in Bolton and wants to play a part in helping to shape the future of cancer services in our town, and beyond, to consider becoming a member of BPAC. We all bring different experiences of cancer to the group as patients and also carers. There are lots of exciting local plans and initiatives to get involved with and as a member of BPAC you can really make a difference to peoples’ lives.”

For further information, or to book a place, please telephone us on 01204 663 059. Afternoon tea will also be provided.

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