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General Information

To help you find the information you need quickly, our other general leaflets are listed below.

If you cannot find the information you require, please contact our Patient Information Manager: email who will try to assist.

Breathlessness
26/05/2021
Breathlessness

What is breathlessness?

Breathlessness is an unpleasant sensation of uncomfortable, rapid or difficult breathing. It may come on suddenly or gradually over a period of time. The reason for breathlessness is that your body needs more oxygen than it is getting so you breathe faster.

Syringe drivers
05/01/2021
Syringe drivers

Information leaflet on syringe drivers

This leaflet provides information about syringe drivers.  If this is the first time you have heard of a syringe driver this leaflet will answer some of the questions you may have.  If you have questions that we haven’t answered there is space at the back of the leaflet for you to write these down.  You can then discuss them with your nurse or doctor.  Contact telephone numbers are also provided at the end of the leaflet.
 

Patient Transport – What you can expect
05/01/2021
Patient Transport – What you can expect

Transport times

  • We do not know the exact time patient transport will arrive at your home.
  • There is a high demand for patient transport so you will need to be prepared to wait some time to be picked up and taken home. Patient transport may pick you up from home up to 2 hours before your appointment -
    • For AM appointments: please be ready from 8am
    • For PM appointments: please be ready from 12pm
Do not attempt Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR)
08/01/2020
Do not attempt Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR)

CPR is an emergency intervention that tries to restart your heart and breathing if they stop.  This can be a medical emergency but for many it is a natural process at the end of life. CPR is a separate and different intervention to the treatment that you are already receiving.

Clinical Trials
08/01/2020
Clinical Trials

This leaflet provides information about clinical trials.  It explains what clinical trials are and discusses the possible advantages and disadvantages of participating in a trial. Contact telephone numbers for the Clinical Trials Unit are given at the end of the leaflet.

Velindre NHS Trust has the responsibility to offer patients the most effective treatment currently available. This is usually known as standard treatment.  We also have an obligation to future patients to help develop new and better treatments.

Clinical Psychology Service
08/01/2020
Clinical Psychology Service

For people affected by cancer - Information for patients and their families

Steroid Therapy
01/07/2021
Steroid Therapy

This leaflet is for people who need to take steroid medication. Some people experience side effects within days so we advise you to read the leaflet to be aware of the possible problems and what you can do.

Chest Aspiration / Drainage
07/01/2020
Chest Aspiration / Drainage

This leaflet gives information for patients who need to have a chest aspiration.  The leaflet will explain what this is and how the procedure is carried out.  It also tells you how you will be cared for after the procedure has been done and includes other general information and advice.  Some of the words used in this leaflet may be new to you, so we have explained them in a glossary on page 7. Contact telephone numbers are given at the end of the leaflet.

Flu and other vaccinations
08/01/2020
Flu and other vaccinations

All patients receiving chemotherapy are at risk from flu.  Flu immunisation is recommended if you will be receiving chemotherapy during the autumn and winter.  Ideally you should be vaccinated 7 – 10 days before your chemotherapy treatment starts.  The immunisation may not be as effective if you have already started chemotherapy because your immune response may be lowered.  This reduces your body’s ability to form the antibodies needed to protect you from flu.

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DPD testing
04/01/2021
DPD testing

DPD testing for patients receiving 5FU, capecitabine or tegafur

This leaflet provides information on DPD testing. If you are due to receive 5FU, capecitabine or tegafur chemotherapy as part of your cancer treatment, it will be necessary to have a simple blood test prior to starting treatment.  This is to check whether your body is able to breakdown the chemotherapy drugs safely or not.  This leaflet will explain why the test is needed in more detail.  
 

Male Fertility
09/01/2020
Male Fertility

This leaflet provides information about the effects of cancer treatment on male fertility.  It will explain what infertility is and what options are available to you if you become infertile. Contact telephone numbers and details of how to obtain further information are provided at the end of the leaflet.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
07/01/2020
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

This leaflet explains how we will try to follow any personal wishes you have about cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  The leaflet will explain what CPR is, how it relates to you and how decisions are made.  We know that this is a very sensitive issue.  However we feel it is important that you have this information so that you can discuss your wishes with both us and those close to you.  We also feel you would want us to be open and honest with you about this.

Financial
04/05/2021
Financial

If you are affected by cancer, you may already know how this impacts on your finances. You or a family member may have extra costs such as travel expenses because you have to go to lots of hospital appointments. You may have to eat more expensive foods to stay healthy in treatment and buy new clothes because your weight has changed. You may need to keep the heating on for longer or at a higher temperature because of the effects of treatment.

Tags: care, cancer, Financial, finance, money
Hospital Acquired Thrombosis (HAT)
09/01/2020
Hospital Acquired Thrombosis (HAT)

Preventing a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in Hospital

Tenovus bus
28/01/2021
Tenovus bus

What is the mobile unit?
It is a fully equipped mobile treatment area. It is based in Cwmbran, Newport on Thursdays and Nantgarw, Cardiff on Monday’s and Fridays. It is staffed with experienced trained nurses from Velindre Cancer Centre and Tenovus staff. 

Suspected Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression (MSCC)
09/01/2020
Suspected Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression (MSCC)

This leaflet provides information for patients with suspected metastatic spinal cord compression.  It will explain what spinal cord compression is and what treatment you will receive at Velindre Cancer Centre.  Contact telephone numbers and details of how to obtain further information are given at the end of the leaflet.

PICC line - Securacath
06/01/2021
PICC line - Securacath

Information leaflet for patients having a PICC line (peripherally inserted central catheter) put in at 
Velindre Cancer Centre

This leaflet provides information for patients having a PICC line.  It will explain what a PICC line is, and what to expect on the day that the PICC line is placed.  It will tell you how your PICC line is cared for and what you need to look out for.  Contact telephone numbers are at the end of the leaflet.
 

Travelling abroad with controlled drugs
06/01/2021
Travelling abroad with controlled drugs

Travelling abroad with medication

This leaflet provides information on travelling abroad with medication.  It will tell you about ‘controlled drugs’ and how you can take such medication abroad.  Contact telephone numbers and details of how to obtain further information are given at the end of the leaflet.

Driving whilst taking strong painkillers
08/01/2020
Driving whilst taking strong painkillers

This leaflet gives information and advice to people who are taking strong painkillers and also wish to drive.  Contact phone numbers and useful websites for more information can be found inside the leaflet.