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Vietnamese breast cancer update

Friday 15 August, 2008
Vietnamese women affected by breast cancer are encouraged to attend a free Living with Cancer Education Program at the Western Hospital on Tuesday 26 August.

This program offers Vietnamese women with breast 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 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 people 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.

"Qualified health professionals run this program in small groups and past participants have commented that they found it helpful to learn about what to expect throughout their breast cancer journey in their own language," she said.

What: Vietnamese Living with Cancer Education Program
Who: Vietnamese women with breast cancer and carers, family and friends
When: Tuesday 26 August, 9.30am - 2.00pm
Where: Western Hospital, Gordon Street, Footscray


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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.

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