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Free cancer forum in Warrnambool: 12 June

Tuesday 2 June, 2009

Living well while facing the uncertainty of advanced cancer will be the focus of a special RACV- sponsored Cancer Council forum, to be held in Warrnambool on Friday 12 June.

This free When Cancer Won't Go Away Forum will help people who have a cancer that is unlikely to be cured achieve quality of life, and will 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.

Bev King, a palliative care nurse who will facilitate the When Cancer Won't Go Away Forum, said speaking to others in a similar situation was helpful for patients and families.

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

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

The upcoming Warrnambool When Cancer Won't Go Away Forum is one of a number of forums being held across the state this year for people with advanced cancer. Every forum is free to the community as a result of the generous support of RACV.

What: When Cancer Won't Go Away Forum

Who: People with advanced cancer and their family and friends

When: Friday 12 June, 10am to 2.30pm

Where: Lyndoch Residential and Community Care, Hopkins Rd, Warrnambool

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.