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Addenbrooke’s Cancer Patient Partnership Group

Patient information A-Z

Who are we?

  • We are a group of cancer patients, carers and healthcare professionals.
  • We are varied in age and background, and bring a wide range of skills and experiences to the group.
  • We use our experience to help improve cancer services for everyone.
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What do we do?

We work together as patients, carers and healthcare professionals to:

  • Improve patient and carer experiences along the whole cancer pathway - through diagnosis, treatment and after – for cancer patients at Addenbrooke’s.
  • Plan new services.
  • Ensure that the patient, carer, family and staff perspectives are heard.
  • Consult with and listen to people whose lives have been affected by cancer to help make positive changes in services.
  • Represent the patient in hospital committee and planning meetings, including the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cancer Board.
  • Bring the experiences of people affected by cancer to the attention of those who fund, commission, plan and manage services in the area.
  • Ensure that patient information is easy to understand.
  • Participate in many different projects, big and small, that benefit from patients’ views.

Our success stories

  • Campaigning for clinic letters to be written from clinicians directly to patients, with copies to GPs.
  • Contributing to the redesign of the Oncology Outpatients Department.
  • Writing communication guidelines and tip sheets for patients and clinicians during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Contributing to the development of a new finger prick test for patients to detect the possibility of neutropenic sepsis.
  • Gathering and promoting information on patient buddy schemes as a way of supporting patients.
  • Designing and updating the contents of information packs for new cancer patients.
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Interested in joining?

  • Get involved in improving cancer services.
  • Give as much or as little time as you like.
  • You can attend workshops, or just participate online or by phone.
  • You can be any age from 16+.
  • You can be a patient, carer or family member.
  • Our committee steers the work of the group but you don’t have to join the committee to help out with other activities.
  • You don’t need any special skills.

I was so nervous about my first meeting, especially as a younger cancer patient, but everyone made me feel so welcome. Now I have the opportunity to use my experience for good; to make things better for future patients like me.

Hannah - Patient member
Hannah - Patient member

How you can join in

Contact us:

Phone: 07729 105550 (Also on WhatsApp)

Remember that you can share your views:

  • as little or as much as you want
  • by email or phone
  • by joining our committee meetings

We are actively looking for more members from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and LGBT+ communities, plus younger members (<50 years). Your voice matters and we want to make sure it's heard.

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

Other formats

Help accessing this information in other formats is available. To find out more about the services we provide, please visit our patient information help page (see link below) or telephone 01223 256998.

Contact us

Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151