With 1 in 3 people impacted by Cancer, directly or indirectly, it is time to support each other, here in the workplace.  In January 2016, the EDF Energy Cancer Support Network was set-up, our shared hope clear.

EDF Energy’s Cancer Support Networks Shared Hope

To ensure anyone impacted by Cancer has support and access to tools/signposts to empower them with knowledge.

Rationale

No longer did we want people to suffer and worry in silence. Since our first meeting, the Group has gone from strength to strength, with meetings held monthly in Barnwood, with guest speakers delivering presentations about “Mindfulness” and “Stress Management.” In addition to this, a local charity “The Barnwood Trust” has donated £250.00 to help develop our local library. The aim of the library is to contain the latest publications about Cancer and other related useful media.  MacMillan has subsequently donated £500 to help with the expansion. At the moment, the Network is operating out of Barnwood; however, there are plans to develop in each of EDF Energy’s primary locations creating a wider, cross country, support network.

Tim's story

Being told you have Cancer is something no one is prepared for, especially at the age of 31 and preparing to run the London Marathon...

Cancer Support Network

Cancer Support group drop-in sessions

This informal group is run by employees for employees for those who have had or who are caring for, someone with a cancer diagnosis. Come along and have a chat!

Next session:

Barnwood
12:30 – 13:30  Thursday 28/6/2018
Room: Barnwood Sustainability meeting room  

Plymouth
12:00 – 13:00 Tuesday 26/6/2018
Room: 04 - Birch 

Hove
12:30 – 13:30 Tuesday 03/07/2018 
Room: 1 - Interactive Sustainability

Exeter
12:30 – 13:30 Thursday 12/07/2018
Room: Tamar

Doxford
12:00 – 13:00 Thursday 12/07/2018
Room: Ground Floor Boardroom

Tips for managers

These are suggested tips, on how to support employees who may have been diagnosed with Cancer. This is not intended to replace any current HR policy.

Self-help tools

As a team we are interested in ‘positive health’ and would like to share with you some tips from people living with and beyond cancer in Gloucestershire and from the emerging science of health and wellbeing.

Resource library

We have a library of books and CD's that you can borrow these are held in our Barnwood location, but can be sent to your location

Contact us

We've put together a list of useful internal and external contacts to help you know who to contact.

Understanding Cancer

About Cancer

Cancer is not a single disease with a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.

Cancer staging

Staging is a way of describing the size of a cancer and how far it has grown. Cancer staging systems may sometimes include grading of the cancer, which describes how similar a cancer cell is to a normal cell.

Cancer grading

The grade gives your doctor some idea of how the cancer might behave. A low grade cancer is likely to grow more slowly and be less likely to spread than a high grade one. 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

You have many choices to make about your cancer treatment. One choice you might be thinking about is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and herbal medicines.