New help for people with cancer

People in Norfolk living with cancer have worked with the NHS to create a support toolkit to help others diagnosed with the condition.

This will bring together information to help people at different stages of the cancer journey.

It could help people who may think they have the condition through diagnosis to treatment and support.

One of the key contributors to it was Gemma Easterbrook who helped to curate the content and brought in her own experiences to shape it.

She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2018 and sadly passed away in November 2023.

Her husband Craig Easterbrook said:

“Much of the journey can be overwhelming and there is often a lot of information to process. This toolkit is not only useful for people living with cancer but also for loved ones who can refer to it at different milestones and come back to it whenever they need it.

He added: “Gemma always wanted good things to come from her personal cancer journey. Her work on this project was another way of dedicating herself to this goal.”

Dr Suzanne Phillips, Clinical Lead for Cancer for NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB, welcomed the resource, saying:

“As clinicians, we’re keen to signpost people to the support services on offer to them, whether these are provided by the NHS, charities or other organisations. By bringing all the local information together in one place I really feel this will help people to better access what they need.

The toolkit can be downloaded below

If anyone would like the toolkit in alternative languages or formats, please email: [email protected]

If you suspect you may have symptoms of cancer or would like to discuss any concerns, please contact your GP practice team. For more information, visit: