Cancer Psychological Service
The Cancer Psychological Service is part of the Oncology Health Centre based in the Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital. We offer emotional and psychological support to people affected by cancer. Our aim is to help you achieve the best possible health and quality of life during and after your treatment.
Can we help you?
Alongside the other members of the team involved in your treatment, we are here to:
- help you achieve the best possible health and quality of life during and after your treatment
- give you information you feel would be helpful
- offer you support and practical help
- discuss any matters that are troubling you and your family
- provide access to various ‘self-help’ resources, such as specific types of relaxation and visualisation
Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules, we are aware that it is difficult to access our usual services here in the Cancer Psychological Service. This webpage has been designed by our team to help you access valuable resources that were once offered when we were open as a Drop-In. We hope that in the future we can resume face-to-face support, but it is currently unknown when this may be. In the meantime please take a look at what support our webpage has to offer you.
Video Drop In Clinic
9:30am – 12.00pm
1.00pm – 3.30pm
You can access the drop-in Cancer Psychological Service Clinic by selecting the clinic in the Attend Anywhere section and following the instructions.
[Available from 3rd November 2020]
Telephone Drop In Clinic
9.30am - 12.00pm
1.00pm - 3.30pm
This is a temporary service.
Please call 01482 461130
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Information for Professionals
Our team is made up of different professionals including:
- Clinical Psychologists
- Specialist Nurse/Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (Oncology)
- Senior Registered Nurses
- Psychological Support Workers
- Nursing Assistants
- Secretarial/Admin Team
Examples of Support
We strive continuously to improve the standard of our care and to develop new approaches.
Findings ways to deal with distressing emotions by reinforcing strengths and identifying ways to cope
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Changing the way we think and behave to have a positive impact on our feelings
Shifting our attention towards the present moment rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past
(Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)
This approach uses the minds natural ability to heal itself and can be used to alleviate symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and other difficulties such as anxiety, depression and phobias.
What is EDMR? (235 KB)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Developing our potential for a rich, full and meaningful life through working with, not against, the difficulties we have
Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Identifying unhelpful patterns in relationships with ourselves and others, and finding new ways to help
Learning to be compassionate towards ourselves and less critical of ourselves
An altered state of consciousness which leads to an increased openness to suggestion, which can facilitate change in thoughts, feelings or behaviour in a positive way to support emotional well-being
*Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic*
Helpful information can be found on our web page.
Or, for a call back from our Drop-In Team please call:
01482 461060 or 01482 461061
Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm
(excluding bank holidays)
Suggestions and Feedback
We welcome suggestions and feedback. If you can think of any way in which we could improve our service, please do not hesitate to tell us.
Oncology Health Centre
Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology
Castle Hill Hospital
Call us on 01482 461060 or 01482 461061
Fax us on 01482 461062
Download the Cancer Psychological Service leaflet (68 KB)