Free cancer survivors seminar in Melbourne

Monday 6 August, 2007

Coping with life after cancer treatment will be the focus of a special survivors seminar to be held at The Cancer Council Victoria on Saturday, August 11.

The free forum covers topics such as living with cancer - legal and personal perspectives, coping with change, and the loss and grief experience of surviving cancer.

Dr Amanda Hordern, from the Cancer Council's Cancer Information and Support Service explains that with cancer survival rates on the rise, this is an important seminar for people living with cancer: "In Victoria, overall cancer survival has increased from 48% in 1990 to 61% in 2004 and from 58% to 61% in the last five years: a 3% increase," Dr Hordern said.

"People are living longer after their cancer treatment, and, once active treatment has ended, they feel at a loss. They never return to life as it was before their cancer diagnosis.

"Cancer survivors face many difficulties after treatment including emotional issues such as coping with change and practical issues including understanding legal rights and responsibilities.

"This seminar will inform survivors and their families ways to communicate with each other and coping strategies. It will also look at some of the formalities from a legal perspective."

The Cancer Survivors Seminar will also provide an opportunity for cancer survivors and their families to speak to others in a similar situation, which can help lessen their feelings of isolation.

The Cancer Council Victoria's Cancer Survivors Seminar will be held on Saturday August 11, 10.00am - 3.00pm at The Cancer Council Victoria, 1 Rathdowne Street, Carlton.

Topics will include living with cancer - legal and personal perspectives, coping with change and the loss and grief experience of surviving cancer.

The seminar is free and partners, family and friends are invited to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registrations are essential; RSVP by Thursday August 9. For more information or to register, call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.

The Cancer Council Victoria has released a report titled ‘Cancer Survival, Victoria 2007' which estimates patient survival in 2004. It is located at

For more information or to arrange media interviews please phone Sophy Chirnside on 9635 5131 / 0408 518 613 or Belinda Goldfinch on 03 9635 5262 / 0419 552 719