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The Italian Community to benefit from free cancer forums

Friday 12 November, 2010

The Italian community are invited to special cancer information sessions being presented by Cancer Council Victoria in partnership with The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Northern Health.

On average, more than 1050 Italian-born Victorians are diagnosed with cancer every year. The free forums will cover a wide range of cancer-related topics. Cancer experts will speak with attendees with the help of an Italian interpreter.

Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service, Dr Amanda Hordern PhD, said that these forums are designed to bridge language barriers for Melbourne's large and active Italian community.

"This program is designed to allow people who speak Italian to discuss their cancer journeys in their own language and in a supportive environment. The cancer experts can help to reassure the Italian community that cancer treatment options are now better than ever," Dr Hordern said. "Hopefully we can help to debunk some of the myths about cancer that remain."

Men and women of all ages are encouraged to attend, as well as friends and family members. These sessions are informal and morning tea will be provided. The experts will address concerns surrounding cancer treatment as well as answering questions about practical, day-to-day issues.

When: Thursday 2 December 2010, 10am - 12pm
Where: Royal Melbourne Hospital
5 East Clinical Room
5th Floor, Grattan St, Parkville

Please call the Cancer Council's Italian Cancer Information Line on 9209 0163, or Maria Presta (Monday to Thursday) on 9342 7440 to register or for more information in Italian. Alternatively, call Karen Matoga on 9342 4621 at The Royal Melbourne Hospital for more information in English. Registration essential by Tuesday 30 November.

When: Tuesday 30 November 2010, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Where: The Northern Hospital
Allied Health Tutorial Room, Area 17
185 Cooper St, Epping

Please call the Cancer Council's Italian Cancer Information Line on 9209 0163 or Stefania Zen at The Northern Hospital on 9495 3110 to register or for more information in Italian. Registration essential by Friday 26 November.