Free seminar for Hamilton cancer survivors

Tuesday 2 June, 2009

Life after cancer treatment will be the focus of a special RACV-sponsored Cancer Council seminar, to be held at Hamilton on Wednesday 10 June.

More than 60% of Victorians diagnosed with cancer will survive beyond five years and many of these people will experience challenges returning to day-to-day life.

Survivors, family and friends are invited to hear about the latest news and support available for people who have finished cancer treatment.

Cancer Council Information and Support Service Director, Doreen Akkerman AM said many people feel like their life has been turned upside down after treatment ends.

"While patients are relieved to hear the words ‘all clear', many leave hospital feeling bewildered and lost as they try to come to terms with life after cancer," Ms Akkerman said.

"The seminar will help survivors adjust to the changes in their life and provide them with the opportunity to share experiences with others in a similar situation.

"Thanks to a generous contribution from RACV, we're able to offer this seminar at no cost to local residents," she said.

Ms Akkerman said the seminar's program was based on feedback from cancer survivors about their information and support needs.

"Serena Griffin from Carers Victoria and I will co-facilitate the seminar and discuss the challenges faced after treatment ends," she said.

"We will also focus on problem solving strategies and changes in roles and relationships."


What: Free Cancer Survivors' Seminar

Who: People who have finished active cancer treatment and their family and friends

When: Wednesday 10 June, 4pm to 7pm

Where: Frances Hewett Community Centres, 2 Roberts St, Hamilton

Registration essential. Please call 13 11 20 or email cis@cancervic.org.au