Meetings and information centre

The Meetings and Information Centre (ERI) [Espace de Rencontres et d’Information] is a space to talk, receive information and guidance and discuss cancer. It provides an opportunity for you to talk openly and take some time for yourself outside treatment sessions. Healthcare assistants are available to talk with you for free. No appointments are required and full anonymity is maintained. However, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

The ERI is open to patients, their families and anyone affected by disease, in full anonymity.

In addition to the information provided by your medical and paramedical teams, healthcare assistants can help you find further information and documents about your general illness, your treatment and the side effects.

Leaflets on a number of topics are available, including social considerations, fatigue, pain, private life, returning to work and suitable physical activity. This is not intended to replace the advice given by your doctors, however.

 

Information is provided about the internal resources, support services and workshops available at the Eugène Marquis Centre applicable to each stage of your disease and beyond.

The ERI can also point you in the direction of help and support associations outside the Centre.

The ERI offers workshops to support patients throughout their treatment. The workshops also provide an opportunity to meet other patients and share experiences. All workshops are free. You can sign up at the ERI.

WORKSHOPS

  • “APPEARANCE” WORKSHOP

    Appearance workshops are available to all patients receiving any form of treatment at the Eugène Marquis Centre, at any time during their treatment pathway. Skincare advice and make-up techniques are discussed to help patients take control of their femininity, their appearance and their self-esteem. Advice is provided by volunteer beauticians from our partner organisation Belle et Bien.

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  • “HORMONE THERAPY AND NUTRITION” WORKSHOP

    This workshop is for women with breast cancer who are receiving hormone therapy. It is led by an oncologist, a psychologist and a dietician from the Eugène Marquis Centre across three sessions. It provides an opportunity to obtain medical information about the therapy and its side effects, discuss its effects on daily life and receive specialist dietary advice.

  • “NOW WHAT?” WORKSHOP

    This workshop is for all individuals who have finished or are close to finishing their treatment at the Eugène Marquis Centre. Patients often have many questions about the post-treatment period and returning to work, which can leave them feeling isolated. The workshop is led by a psychologist and a social worker and provides an opportunity to share and discuss feelings and worries and to answer the valid questions that patients often have at this stage in their care.

  • “LYMPHOLOGY” WORKSHOP

    This workshop is for all patients who develop secondary lymphoedema while receiving treatment at the Eugène Marquis Centre. The lymphology unit can provide help and guidance. Patients are first invited to:

    A consultation

    An initial consultation with a physiotherapist and/or doctor is held to discuss with you your personal care pathway. Follow-up consultations may be held if necessary.

    Physiotherapy sessions

    Physiotherapy may be prescribed by the multidisciplinary team, to be carried out at a clinic near your home. We will help you to find a professional suited to your care needs.

    Workshops

    Workshop 1: Daily life and hobbies To help you understand the disease and adapt your daily life.

    Workshop 2: Care, treatments and resources for lymphoedema.

    Workshop 3: Self-care for secondary lymphoedema. To teach you how to bandage your upper limbs to give you more autonomy.

  • “BY THE WAY” WORKSHOP

    This workshop is for parents receiving treatment at the Eugène Marquis Centre. You are invited to participate in discussion groups to talk about your illness, your treatment and the impact on your family.

    It is a space to talk with other parents about your feelings, your worries and your questions. The group is led by a psychologist and a doctor from the Centre.

    Your children are invited to participate in a psychologist-led workshop that uses stories, collage, drawing and other techniques to allow children to express their feelings.

    At the end of the workshop, parents and children come together to have a snack.

  • “NAIL VARNISH AND HEADSCARF TYING” WORKSHOP

    The Eugène Marquis Centre runs a two-hour workshop to teach chemotherapy patients about nail and hand care and how to tie a scarf. The workshop is split into two halves:

    • Advice on using nail varnish and caring for hands
    • Tips and tricks for tying headscarves
  • “GOSPEL” WORKSHOP

    This workshop is free and open to all patients at the Eugène Marquis Centre, both during and after treatment, who are able to attend regular singing classes. Singing helps to improve breathing and body movement. It also increases relaxation and boosts concentration and memory. Through music, patients can improve their wellbeing, self-esteem and self-confidence. Working together as a group provides an opportunity to contribute to a project during and after treatment.

    Singer and choirmaster Ms. Sonya Pinçon welcomes all patients who enjoy music and singing, regardless of their experience level or knowledge of music theory.

    Classes are held every 15 days throughout the year.