Greek cancer update: 29 August

Friday 15 August, 2008
Greek people affected by cancer are encouraged to attend a free Living with Cancer Education Program at the Austin Hospital on Friday 29 August.

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

The Cancer Council is collaborating with the Australian Greek Welfare Society, St Vincent's Hospital and Austin 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 Greek people affected by cancer.

"Discovering that you or someone you love has 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."

Program facilitator and social worker from St Vincent's Health, Voula Kallianis said the Greek Living With Cancer Education Program can be an important source of information and support for cancer patients and their families.

"Past participants have commented that they found it helpful to talk about their cancer journey in their own language and in a supportive environment," Ms Kallianis said.

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

What: Greek Living with Cancer Education Program
Who: Greek people with cancer and their carers, family and friends
When: Friday 29 August, 10.00am - 1.30pm
Where: Austin Hospital, Level 4, Studley Road, Heidelberg

Topics:

What is cancer • Latest cancer treatments • Side effects • Diet and exercise • Personal reactions • Support services • Role of the interpreter.

For more information or to register, please call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or the Greek Cancer Information Line on 9209 0162.


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