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Free cancer forum in Warragul: 4 May

Wednesday 22 April, 2009

Living well while facing the uncertainty of advanced cancer will be the focus of a special Cancer Council forum to be held in Warragul on Monday 4 May.

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 Dr Amanda Hordern 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,'' Dr Hordern 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.

Cancer nurse and forum facilitator Shelley O'Dwyer said speaking to others in a similar situation could be helpful for patients and families.

"People often tell us that it's helpful to talk to someone facing similar issues," Ms O'Dwyer 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: Monday 4 May, 10am - 2.30pm
Where: West Gippsland Healthcare Group, 41 Landsborough Street, Warragul

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.

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