Family, carers and friends of men with prostate cancer are urged to attend a free forum on Wednesday 31 October at the Beaumaris Library.
Prostate cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Victoria, with more than 3,800 men diagnosed and 730 losing their battle with the disease annually.
The forum will discuss family and carer issues and support services available. It will also discuss stress management, self-care and improving family and partner communication.
The Cancer Council Victoria is collaborating with Rotary and Bayside and Kingston City Council's to bring this free event to the community.
Dr Amanda Hordern, Deputy Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service at The Cancer Council Victoria said the forum is a unique opportunity for family members, carers and friends of men with prostate cancer to address issues and discover available support services.
"Caring for someone with cancer can be very stressful, particularly when it is someone you care about very much," said Dr Hordern.
"Feelings of distress are common and many men with prostate cancer experience ongoing side effects from treatments and mood changes from the effects of drugs. This free forum will address some the issues family, carers and friends may face to help them cope with the life changes that a cancer diagnosis often brings."
Dr Hordern said the Prostate Cancer Forum was one of many support services offered by The Cancer Council Victoria.
"Every year, The Cancer Council hosts several events to help cancer patients, survivors, family members, carers and friends adjust to their life with cancer. We also have a range of information and support services available including The Cancer Council Helpline. Just by calling 13 11 20, people affected by cancer can speak to a trained cancer nurse and receive free information and emotional support," said Dr Hordern.
"Callers can also be linked in to support groups in their area and can talk to someone who has been through a similar experience. We are here to support Victorians at a critical time in their life."
What: Prostate Cancer Forum
Who: Men with prostate cancer and their partners, carers and friends
When: Wednesday 31 October 2007 10.30am - 2.30pm
Where: Beaumaris Library, 96 Reserve Road, Beaumaris. Melways 86 D6,
Topics will include:
- Understanding carers issues
- Support services available
- Managing stress and self care
- Improving family and partner communication
For more information or to register, please call The Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20, Monday to Friday, 8.30am-8pm.
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration is essential.
The Cancer Council Helpline is a free, confidential service where people can talk about their concerns and needs with a cancer nurse Monday to Friday, 8.30am-8pm. Up-to-date information and support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.cancervic.org.au.
Sophy Chirnside, Communications Officer
9635 5131/ 0408 518 613