Yarrawonga to benefit from free Cancer Council forums

Thursday 3 June, 2010

Every year around 200 residents in Yarrawonga and the surrounding community hear the devastating news "you have cancer".

Two RACV-sponsored Cancer Council Victoria forums in Yarrawonga on Friday 18 June will provide information and support to cancer patients, their families and friends.

People whose cancer has advanced and their family and friends are invited to the When cancer won't go away forum. At the forum they can find out more about financial and legal issues relevant to long-term illness from a legal expert, and treatment and support services available from local cancer clinicians and health professionals.

People who have experienced cancer and their family and friends are invited to the Life after cancer forum to discuss the impact of cancer on their life and returning to a new 'normal'.

Cancer Information and Support Service Director, Dr Amanda Hordern, PhD said Cancer Council Victoria was committed to extending its reach to regional Victorians affected by cancer.

"People often feel a great deal of anxiety and distress when facing the challenges of cancer," Dr Hordern said. "These forums will provide people in the Yarrawonga region with specialised information and support, as well as an opportunity to share their stories with others who can relate to the cancer experience.

John Burke is a Yarrowonga resident and prostate cancer patient.

"I can vouch for the positive impact talking about my prostate cancer has had on me," John Burke said. "When you speak to others who understand what you are asking, and can answer your questions with some form of expertise, it helps to alleviate some of the anxiety you experience when you or someone you know has cancer."

Thanks to a generous contribution from RACV, and local support from Moira Palliative Care, Ovens and King Community Health Services and Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Services, Cancer Council Victoria is able to offer these regional seminars at no cost to the community.

When Cancer Won't Go Away

When: Friday 18 June, 10am - 1pm
Where: Coops Restaurant, 137-139 Belmore Street, Yarrawonga
Who: For people whose cancer has advanced and their family and friends

Life After Cancer: From Patient to Survivor

When: Friday 18 June, 3pm - 6pm
Where: Coops Restaurant, 137-139 Belmore Street, Yarrawonga
Who: For people who have experienced cancer and their family and friends

Registration essential. Email cis@cancervic.org.au or call 13 11 20 to register today.

Updated: 03 Jun, 2010