Cancer Survivors: Web-based
Is the iHOPE course for you or the people you support?
The iHOPE cancer survivors’ course is an interactive, web-based, self-management support course, which runs for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours for groups of 30-40 participants. The course has been developed by Coventry University and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Self-management is beneficial in helping to improve health and wellbeing. The iHOPE course provides a supportive, friendly group setting which provide participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of the frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that living with and surviving cancer can bring. iHOPE content comprises text, images, downloadable documents, links to external websites and media files . The content delivered is configured into interactive activities (e.g. quizzes, self-monitoring tools, diaries) that can be used by participants to learn and consolidate course content. iHOPE uses internal forums and messaging facilities that act as a tool for communication between participants and coaches.
The course deals with:
Goal setting and action planning
Looking for solutions to problems
Stress management (e.g. mindfulness and relaxation)
Identifying your strengths
Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)
Prioritising the important things in life
Fear of cancer recurrence
Body image and sexuality and intimacy
How does iHOPE help?
After attending iHOPE courses participants feel:
More positive mental wellbeing
More hopeful and goal focused
Less depressed and anxious
Less worried about their cancer coming back
What do people say about the HOPE Programme?
Benefits to organisations and commissioners
When participants undertake this programme, they have a more active role in managing their health which can result in fewer consultations with healthcare professionals and more effective use of healthcare resources.
This iHOPE course is run by Macmillan Cancer Support: Contact Macmillan Cancer Support for further details.