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New hope for advanced cancer patients

Tuesday 25 November, 2008

Living well while facing the uncertainty of advanced cancer will be the focus of a special Cancer Council forum to be held in Carlton on Wednesday 3 December.

Advanced cancer is a cancer that is unlikely to be cured. This free forum will help people achieve quality-of-life and answer questions about issues including superannuation and legal wills.

Cancer Council spokesperson Tina Thomas said the Cancer Council supports more than five thousand people with advanced cancer each year.

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

"Specialised information and support is critical to help people adjust to life with advanced cancer.

"This forum will cover both emotional and practical information, support and advice to patients and their families," she said.

Ms Thomas said speaking to others in a similar situation could also be helpful for patients and families.

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

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

What:              When Cancer Won't Go Away Forum

Who:               People with advanced cancer and their family and friends

When:             Wednesday 3 December, 3.45pm - 7.30pm

Where:            100 Drummond Street, Carlton


Topics will include:

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

Registration essential. Call 13 11 20 today or email


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