Life after cancer seminar

Wednesday 19 November, 2008

Life after cancer treatment will be the focus of a special Cancer Council seminar to be held at 100 Drummond Street, Carlton on Saturday 29 November.

More than 60% of Victorians diagnosed with cancer will survive beyond five years and many of these people will experience challenges returning to day-to-day life.

Survivors, family and friends are invited to hear the latest news and support for people who have finished cancer treatment.

Cancer Council Helpline Director, Doreen Akkerman AM said many people feel like their life has been turned upside down after treatment ends.

"While patient's are relieved to hear the words ‘all clear', many leave hospital feeling bewildered and lost as they try to come to terms with life after cancer," Ms Akkerman said.

"The free seminar will help survivors adjust to the changes in their life and provide them with the opportunity to share experiences with others in a similar situation."

Ms Akkerman said the seminar's program was based on feedback from cancer survivors about their information and support needs.

"John Berrill from Maurice Blackburn Cashman will talk about money matters including superannuation and Cancer Council psychologist, Dr Jane Fletcher will discuss cancer related anxiety and depression," she said.

"We will also focus on problem solving strategies and changes in roles and relationships."


What: Annual Cancer Survivors Seminar

Who: People who have finished cancer treatment and their family and friends

When: Saturday 29 November, 10am - 3pm

Where: Cancer Council Victoria, 100 Drummond St, Carlton

Registration essential. Please call 13 11 20 or email cis@cancervic.org.au


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