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Special forum in Moe helps people affected by advanced cancer

Tuesday 17 April, 2007

The Cancer Council Victoria will host a 'Living Well' forum for Moe residents on Saturday 21 April.

Learning how to live well while facing the uncertainty of advanced cancer will be the focus of a special Cancer Council forum to be held at Latrobe Community Health Centre, Moe.

The free forum covers topics such finance and legal issues, treatment options, clinical trials, support services and family issues.

Advanced cancer is a cancer that won't go away and is unlikely to be cured. However, treatment can keep some advanced cancers under control for months or years, and can help control symptoms.

Doreen Akkerman, Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service said the program covers both emotional and practical information, support and advice to patients and their families.

"When people are facing a really challenging illness and end of life, they go through a great deal of distress and anxiety," Ms Akkerman said.

"The Living Well Forum informs people with advanced cancer and their families ways to communicate with each other, coping strategies and relaxation techniques. It also looks at the formalities such as making sure you have a legal will and that finances are in order," she said.

Ms Akkerman said the Living Well Forum provided an opportunity for people with advanced cancer and their families to speak to others in a similar situation, which can help lessen their feelings of isolation.

The Cancer Council Victoria's Living Well Forum for people with advanced cancer will be held on Saturday 21 April 11.00am - 3.30pm at Latrobe Community Health Centre, 42 Fowler Street, Moe.

Topics will include treatments and medical supports available, financial and legal issues, and communicating with family and loved ones.

The seminar is free, partners, family and friends are invited to attend and refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or the Community Health Nurse at Moe 03 5127 9100. Registration is essential, and closes on Thursday 19 April.