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FREE forum in Melton

Thursday 31 January, 2008

Learning how to live well after a cancer diagnosis will be the focus of a special forum to be held at the Melton Shire Council Civic Centre on Tuesday February 12.

With more than 160 Melton residents diagnosed with cancer each year, this forum is a "must attend" for local residents affected by cancer.

The free Cancer Council forum will cover topics such as ways to cope with a cancer diagnosis and information and support services available for people affected by cancer including family and friends.

Tina Thomas, Cancer Services Coordinator at 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 someone is told they have cancer, they go through a great deal of distress and anxiety,'' Mrs Thomas said.

"Family members may respond differently to the news and learning coping and communication strategies can help families minimise concerns."

Mrs Thomas said the forum will address these issues and provide an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Talking to others who have been through a similar experience can help reduce feelings of isolation.

The Cancer Council Victoria's Living Well After a Cancer Diagnosis seminar will be held on Tuesday February 12, 1.30pm - 3.00pm at the Melton Shire Council Civic Centre, Meeting Room 4, 232 High Street, Melton.

Guest speakers include Dr Amanda Hordern Deputy Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service; Tina Thomas, Cancer Support Groups Coordinator; and Rob Petrie, Regional Relay for Life Coordinator.

The seminar is free and partners, family and friends are invited to attend. Registration is essential; please RSVP by Monday February 11. Refreshments generously donated by the Melton Shire Council.

For more information, call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.