Programme for cancer patients

THE Zest for Life programme for cancer patients will start for the first time in the Lurgan area in April.

Provided by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland - formerly Ulster Cancer Foundation - this is a six-week personal development course for people who are on a survival and recovery period in their cancer journey.

Starting on Wednesday, April 17, the course will take place at The Jethro Centre, Flush Place, Lurgan, from 10.30am to 1pm for six consecutive weeks until May 22.

Zest for Life will be facilitated by locally-based Cancer Focus counsellor Mavis Duggan, who said: “The course will explore personal development, with a strong emphasis on making lifestyle changes, which will improve their physical and mental health.

“Everyone is unique and we understand that cancer affects everyone differently. Cancer can make people feel that they have lost control, increase their feelings of isolation and can often reduce a person’s self-esteem. Zest for Life aims to help people to understand and manage stress, encourage positive thinking, adopt relaxation techniques and explore complementary therapies.

“By identifying personal values and realistic goal setting, people often regain a sense of balance and become empowered and motivated to move forward and embrace the future.”

Zest for Life is entirely confidential and takes place in a safe and caring environment. Materials will be provided for participants and like all services provided by Cancer Focus, the programme is free of charge.

For further information or to make a booking, contact the Care Services secretary at Cancer Focus on 9068 0751 or email

Cancer Focus would encourage anyone interested in taking part to pre-book as there are a limited number of places available.