Cantonese cancer update: 4 October

Tuesday 16 September, 2008
Cantonese people affected by cancer are encouraged to attend a free Living with Cancer Education Program at the Western Hospital on Saturday 4 October.

This program offers Cantonese people with cancer and their carers, families and friends an opportunity to learn more about cancer in their own language. It also provides coping strategies to help deal with life-changes after a cancer diagnosis.

The Cancer Council is collaborating with Western Health and the Chinese Cancer Society Inc to bring this program to the community.

Dr Amanda Hordern, Deputy Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service said the program covered both emotional and practical information, support and advice for Cantonese people affected by cancer.

"Discovering that you or someone you know has cancer can be a very distressing and unsettling time," Dr Hordern said.

"The Living With Cancer Education Program allows people to ask questions and discuss their concerns in an open and supportive environment."

Program facilitator and oncology social worker from the Western Hospital, Anna Tasevska said the Cantonese Living With Cancer Education Program can be an important source of information and support for cancer patients and their families.

"Past participants have commented that they found it helpful to talk about their cancer journey in their own language and in a supportive environment," Ms Tasevska said.

"While the experience of cancer is different for everyone, it's an opportunity to share with others who are in a similar situation."

What: Cantonese Living with Cancer Education Program
Who: Cantonese people with cancer and their carers, family and friends
When: Saturday 4 October, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Where: Western Hospital, McArthur Room, Gordon Street, Footscray

Topics:

  • What is cancer
  • Latest cancer treatments
  • Side effects
  • Diet and exercise
  • Personal reactions
  • Support services
  • Role of the interpreter.

For more information or to register, please call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or the Cantonese Cancer Information Line on 9209 0161.

More details about the Living with Cancer Education Program .


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