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Free Vietnamese breast cancer information session

Thursday 27 September, 2007

Vietnamese people with breast cancer are encouraged to attend a free Living with Cancer Education Program at Western Hospital on Tuesday 9 October.

This program offers Vietnamese people with breast cancer and their carers, families and friends an opportunity to learn more about breast cancer. It also provides coping strategies to help deal with life-changes after a breast cancer diagnosis.

The Cancer Council Victoria is collaborating with Qui Ma - Australian Vietnamese Women's Welfare Association and Western Health to bring this program to the community.

Dr Amanda Hordern, Deputy Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service said the program covers both emotional and practical information, support and advice for Vietnamese women affected by breast cancer.

"Discovering that you or someone you love has breast cancer can be a very distressing and unsettling time," Dr Hordern said.

"The Living With Cancer Education Program allows people to ask questions and discuss their concerns in an open and supportive environment. It also provides an opportunity to meet others going through a similar experience."

Qualified health professionals run this program in small groups. Facilitators are trained and resourced by The Cancer Council Victoria. They ensure relevant, up-to-date information is provided to all participants.

Program facilitator and specialist Breast Cancer Nurse, Leanne Storer said the Living With Cancer Education Program is a wonderful source of information and support for breast cancer patients and their families.

"Participants learn a great deal about breast cancer and what to expect throughout their cancer journey," Ms Storer said.

"While the experience of cancer is different for everyone, it's wonderful to share with others who are in a similar situation."

What: Vietnamese Living with Cancer Education Program

Who: Vietnamese women affected by breast cancer and their carers, family and friends

When: Tuesday 9 October, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Where: Western Hospital, Gordon Street, Footscray

Topics will include:

  • What is breast cancer?
  • Cancer treatments, symptoms and side effects
  • The doctor-patient relationship
  • Accessing support services available
  • Diet, exercise and self care
  • Cancer myths
  • Unproven remedies
  • Relationships, self esteem and body image
  • Coping with loss, grief and change

For more information or to register, please call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or the Vietnamese Cancer Information Line on 9209 0168.