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Ballarat to benefit from free Cancer Council forums

Thursday 22 October, 2009

Two special RACV-sponsored Cancer Council forums will be delivered in Ballarat in partnership with Grampians Integrated Cancer Service on Thursday 12 November.

Every year, around 1000 residents from the Grampians region hear the devastating news "you have cancer".

People whose cancer has advanced, and their family and friends, are invited to the When Cancer Won't Go Away forum to find out more about financial and legal issues as well as treatment and support services.

People who have experienced cancer and their family and friends are invited to the Life after cancer forum to hear the latest news and support available when returning to a new ‘normal' life.

Cancer Council Information and Support Service Director, Doreen Akkerman AM said the Cancer Council Victoria was committed to extending its reach to regional Victorians affected by cancer.

"People often feel a great deal of anxiety and distress when facing the challenges of cancer," Ms Akkerman said.

"These forums will provide Grampians residents with specialised information and support, as well as an opportunity to share experiences with others who can relate to the cancer experience.

"Thanks to a generous contribution from RACV, we're able to offer these regional seminars at no cost to the community," she said.

Eleanor Whitehead, Manager of the Grampians Integrated Cancer Service (GICS) said that it could be difficult for local patients and carers to receive timely, accurate and relevant information about cancer.

"Through this collaboration with the Cancer Council and via other activities planned by GICS, patients and their carers in this region can become better informed about cancer," she said.

"The forums allow people to ask questions and discuss their concerns in an open and supportive environment.

"Participants can also talk to others facing similar issues which can help reduce feelings of isolation and assist with adjustment to the changes in their life."

Ms Whitehead encourages locals affected by cancer to register today to attend these free forums.

Forum 1
What: When cancer won't go away
Where: Bray Raceway, cnr Bell & Sutton Streets, Ballarat
When: Thursday 12 November, 10am - 1pm
Who: For people whose cancer has advanced and their family and friends

Forum 2
What: Life after cancer: from patient to survivor,
Where: Bray Raceway, cnr Bell & Sutton Streets, Ballarat
When: Thursday 12 November, 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Who: For people who have experienced cancer and their family and friends

Registration essential. Email or call 13 11 20 to register today.

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