Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Event to help those affected by throat cancer

A major cancer charity is to host a conference for laryngectomy patients, carers and health professionals later this month.

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland (previously the Ulster Cancer Foundation) is joining up with the National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs to host the conference at its offices on 40-44 Eglantine Avenue in Belfast from 9.30am-2.30pm on September 26.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics of interest to those affected by laryngeal or throat cancer. The focus will be on quality-of-life issues and the practical aspects of living with the disease.

Dr Dave Broker, from the Royal Victoria Hospital, will be speaking about removing the voicebox whilst Lorraine Ashcroft, a physiotherapist with the Belfast Trust, will provide a practical demonstration of upper body exercises for head and neck patients.

The conference is provided free of charge to patients and their carers, including a two-course lunch. Health professionals can also attend for a fee of £20. Places are limited; for enquiries, call 028 9066 3281 or e-mail eileencreery@cancerfocusni.org by September 19.

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