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Free forum in Melbourne: coping with advanced cancer

Thursday 14 February, 2008

Learning how to live well while facing the uncertainty of advanced cancer will be the focus of a special forum to be held at The Cancer Council Victoria on Wednesday, March 12.

The free forum covers topics such as living with uncertainty, treatment and supportive care, and finance and legal issues.

Advanced cancer is a cancer that won't go away and is unlikely to be cured. However, treatment can keep some advanced cancers under control for months or years, and can help to control symptoms such as pain.

Dr Amanda Hordern, Deputy Director of the Cancer Council's Cancer Information and Support Service, said the program covers both emotional and practical information, support and advice to patients and their families.

"When people are facing a really challenging illness and end of life, they go through a great deal of distress and anxiety,'' Dr Hordern said.

"The When Cancer Won't Go Away Forum informs people with advanced cancer and their families of ways to communicate with each other and coping strategies. It also looks at the formalities such as making sure you have a legal will and that finances are in order."

Dr Hordern said the Forum provided an opportunity for people with advanced cancer and their families to speak to others in a similar situation.

"People often tell us that it's helpful to talk to someone facing similar issues," Dr Hordern said.

"By sharing experiences, participants can feel less isolated and better adjust to the changes in their life."

The Cancer Council Victoria's When Cancer Won't Go Away Forum for people with advanced cancer will be held on Wednesday March 12, 4.00pm - 7.30pm at The Cancer Council Victoria, 100 Drummond Street, Carlton.

Topics will include:

  • Living with uncertainty
  • Treatments and medical support available
  • Financial and legal issues.

Guest speakers are experts in their topic areas.

The seminar is free and partners, family and friends are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Registrations are essential; please RSVP by Friday March 7. For more information or to register, call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.