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Free Greek cancer update: 24 August

Friday 24 July, 2009

Greek people affected by cancer are encouraged to attend a free Living with Cancer Education Program at St Vincents Hospital on Monday 24 August.

This program offers Greek people with cancer and their family 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 cancer.

The Cancer Council is collaborating with the Australian Greek Welfare Society, St Vincent's Hospital and Austin Health to bring this program to the community.

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

"Discovering that you or someone you love 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 social worker from St Vincent's Health, Voula Kallianis said the Greek 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 Kallianis said. 

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

The Cancer Council has a long association with the Greek community with over 4, 500 Greek participants having been involved in our Health 2020 cohort study.

This study, now into its 20th year, was set up to investigate the role of diet and other lifestyle factors in causing cancer. Many Melburnians born in Greece were recruited for the study so researchers can compare the impact of the Mediterranean diet with that of Australians.

What: Greek Living with Cancer Education Program
Who: People with cancer and their family and friends
When: Monday 24 August, 10.00am - 3pm
Where: St. Vincents Hospital, Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

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For more information or to register, please call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or Louise Pinazo on 9288 3436, or the Greek Cancer Information Line on 9209 0162.