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FREE sexuality and cancer forum: Mildura

Thursday 10 April, 2008

Sexuality and intimacy after cancer treatment will be the focus of a special forum to be held at the Sunraysia Cancer Resource Centre in Mildura on Friday, April 18.

With at least 40% of all people treated for cancer experiencing sexual dysfunction and the percentage much higher for some cancers, this forum will be a critical source of information and support for locals affected by cancer.

The Cancer Council Victoria is collaborating with the Sunraysia Cancer Resource Centre and Ramsay Health to bring this free forum to the community.

Doreen Akkerman AM, Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service at The Cancer Council Victoria, says that cancer need not mean the end of a person's sexual life.

"Cancer and its treatments can have an enormous impact on a person's sexuality," Ms Akkerman said.

"People can feel less sexual because they look differently or feel less attractive after treatment and it can affect how they connect with significant others.

"This forum will give people with cancer and their partners an opportunity to learn practical ways to adjust to sexual and intimate changes during and after a cancer experience," Ms Akkerman said.

What: "You can't change the wind, but you can adjust the sails" - Sexuality and intimacy after cancer forum

Who: People who have been treated for cancer and their partners.

When: Friday, April 18, 10.00am - 2.30pm

Where: Sunraysia Cancer Resource Centre, Shop 2 /302 Deakin Ave Mildura

Topics will include:

  • Impact of treatment on sexuality and body image
  • Coping with treatment induced menopause
  • Practical strategies to deal with the ‘new you'
  • Communicating effectively with your doctor

This is a free forum and registration is essential. Please RSVP by Tuesday April 15. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information please contact Sophy Chirnside on 03 9635 5131 or Kaye Matthews on 03 5022 3333.