“A Breath of Hope” Talk on Stress Relief for Lung Cancer Patients
Date: Saturday, 1 June 2019 (2pm – 4pm) Location: Room 202, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building, 15 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Many lung cancer patients and their families suffer from stress, which can be both a mental and financial burden. In hope of relieving their stress, A Breath of Hope organized the Talk on Stress Relief for Lung Cancer Patients and invited professional guests to talk on some of the ways of coping with stress both psychologically and financially. Around 100 patients and their family members joined the talk.
Ms. Felicia Lau, registered psychologist, began the event by speaking on common mental illnesses associated with cancer patients, and on the sources of stress patients and their families may face. She explained the concept of Guide Imagery, and demonstrated to participants how this technique may help to relieve stress. Using sound navigation, participants imagined being within nature, and to control breathing and to relax.
Mr. Lim Wan Ke, Centre Manager of the Tin Shui Wai CancerLink Support Centre, Hong Kong Cancer Fund, then gave an introductory talk on community resources and drug subsidy programmes available to lung cancer patients in Hong Kong. His talk covered such as programmes as the Community Care Fund Medical Assistance Programme and the Samaritan Fund. He also demonstrated how to use a Means Test Calculator designed by the Hospital Authority to make a preliminary estimation of your household’s financial eligibility.
The final speaker was Ms. Emi Tsang, Manager of the Philanthropic Community Pharmacy at St. James' Settlement, who provided information and advice on applying through their own campaign - The Philanthropic Community Pharmacy.
The talk was well received. We hope these talks and exercises will have been a help to patients, to both know more about their psychological condition and also the financial support that is available to them, and that they are now better placed to choose the most suitable scheme.