Event to support cancer sufferers in Sunderland

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AN event for those affected by head and neck cancer and their families will be held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light tomorrow.

The day will feature talks, question-and-answer sessions, stalls set up by healthcare providers and charities, and the opportunity to talk to people in a similar situation.

The drop-in day runs from 11am until 6pm, and there will be a programme of talks in 20-minute slots, by an ear, nose and throat surgeon, maxillofacial surgeon, dietitian and dentist, among others, able to advise on problems with chewing and swallowing.

Benefits advisers will also be on hand to help at the event, hosted by City Hospitals Sunderland. Exhibitors include Macmillan Cancer Care, Age UK and Maggie’s Centres.

Val Bryant, 62, a member of the steering group organising the event, said: “I’m a head and neck cancer survivor, and I had treatment five years ago.

“Since then, I have been involved in research projects about head and neck cancer with Durham University.”

The former deputy headteacher, of Middle Herrington, added: “I think it’s really useful for people to get together and just be able to talk about it.

“When you first have treatment, you can feel quite isolated. You cannot imagine it is happening to anyone else, and you feel as though you are the only person who has got this problem, so talking about it is brilliant.”