Three key areas of research into the difference our services makes have been presented at conferences in America and Scotland.
Research and Evaluation Lead, Dr Helen Seers, attended the National Cancer Research Institute’s (NCRI) Annual Conference to present two academic posters summing up the impact of Penny Brohn UK’s counselling services, and our Living Well course around the country.
The NCRI brings together all the key players in cancer research so that work to improve survival rates, treatment and detection is coordinated. Being recognised and invited to present our work to this organisation, and its members, is a great honour.
What Helen presented:
Impact of Psychological Counselling Service at Penny Brohn UK
90% of clients showed a clinically significant improvement in their top concerns about having cancer (psychological and emotional ranked the top concerns of people attending counselling at Penny Brohn UK).
Evaluation of Penny Brohn UK’s national programme of ‘Living Well With and Beyond Cancer’ services
After attending the course there were significant improvements in: diet (87%), exercise (74%), relationship issues (63%) and use of stress management techniques (90%).
While Helen was attending the NCRI conference in Glasgow, Dr. Marie Polley, Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Westminster represented Penny Brohn UK at the Society of Integrative Oncology’s Annual Conference in Arizona.
Marie presented, University Of Bath Masters student, Becky Samuel’s research into the experience of post traumatic growth in people with advanced cancer. The research looked at how tools and self-management techniques gained from attending services at Penny Brohn UK contributed to people with advanced cancer being able to experience post traumatic growth. You can read more about this groundbreaking research here.
We’re honoured to have been given the opportunity to present at both these conferences and especially thank Dr Polley for representing us all the way over in Arizona. Further thanks to Becky Samuel for her valuable research which will no doubt shape attitudes towards people with advanced cancer’s experiences for the better.