Confronting personal issues after chronic illness

Thursday 4 June, 2009

Confronting body image, self-esteem and sexuality will be the focus of a free Cancer Council workshop in Sale this June for patients overcoming chronic treatments, including cancer.

More than 60% of Victorians diagnosed with cancer will survive beyond five years and many of these people will experience sexual and intimate issues after treatment. Similar issues are faced by people with chronic illness.

The seminar will discuss sexual confidence and provide ways for couples to cope and enhance their relationship in a safe, supportive environment.

Sexuality and cancer expert Dr Amanda Hordern said these workshops have helped increase the sexual confidence of thousands of cancer patients around Australia.

"The good news is with the right information and advice, up to 70% of patients can improve their sexual and intimate life," Dr Hordern said.

"Participants are so relieved to have found a safe and supportive environment to discuss their concerns.

"People can feel less sexual because they look different or feel less attractive when dealing with illness," she said.

Dr Hordern encourages anyone with a chronic illness experiencing sexual and intimate issues to attend this free event so they can enhance quality-of-life.


What: Body image, self-esteem & sexuality workshop

Who: People with a chronic illness & their partners 

When: Wednesday 17 June, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Where: Central Gippsland Health Service, Cnr of Palmerston & Cunningham Streets, Sale 

Call 13 11 20 to register today.