Shepparton to benefit from free cancer support forums

Thursday 7 October, 2010

Two special Cancer Council Victoria forums will be held in Shepparton on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 October.

Thanks to a generous financial contribution from RACV, and support from several local health and community services, these forums will be offered at no cost to the community.

Every year, around 337 residents in the Shepparton 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 relevant to long-term illness as well as treatment and support services.

People who have experienced cancer and their family and friends are invited to the Life After Cancer workshop to discuss the impact of cancer on their lives and returning to a new 'normal'.

Cancer Services Coordinator, Ms Amanda Spillare, said 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 Spillare said.

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

When Cancer Won't Go Away

Where: School of Rural Health, Lecture Theatre, 49 Graham Str, Shepparton
When: Tuesday 19 October, 10am - 1pm   
Who: For people whose cancer has advanced and their family and friends

Lunch provided.

Life After Cancer

Where: School of Rural Health, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, 49 Graham Street, Shepparton
When: Monday 18 October, 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Who: For people who have completed cancer treatment and their family and friends

Dinner provided.

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

Events delivered in partnership with:

  • Goulburn Valley Community Health Service
  • Goulburn Valley Health
  • Goulburn Valley Hospice Care
  • Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Services
  • Shepparton Cancer Support Group
  • Goulburn Valley Breast Cancer Support Group