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Greek community to benefit from new cancer support group in Brunswick

Tuesday 18 January, 2011

A new cancer support group for people from Greek speaking backgrounds will be launched in Brunswick by Cancer Council Victoria, St Vincent's Hospital and the Australian Greek Welfare Society on Friday 11 February.

Every year, more than 540 Greek-born Victorians are diagnosed with cancer and thousands more are living with the disease.

Delivered in Greek, the support group will provide an opportunity for those affected by cancer to meet others in a similar situation and share thoughts and experiences in their own language. Confidentiality will be respected and maintained at all support group meetings.

Cancer Council Victoria spokesperson Amanda Spillare said the Greek community often say there is a stigma associated with a cancer diagnosis.

"People can feel ashamed about their cancer and not talk about it with extended family and friends which can make the experience much more challenging," she said.

"This group will be an opportunity for people to connect with others who have been through similar experiences in an open and supportive environment and will help reduce feelings of isolation."

Cancer patients of all ages are encouraged to attend, as well as friends and family members. An experienced social worker from St Vincent's Hospital and a carer of a cancer survivor facilitate the group.

Morning tea will be provided.

What: Greek Cancer Support Group

Who: Greek people with cancer and their family and friends

When: Friday 11 February 2011, 10.00 am - 12 pm

Where: Australian Greek Welfare Society, 7 Union Street, Brunswick

Registration: Call the Australian Greek Welfare Society on (03) 9388 9998 or Voula at St Vincent's

Hospital on (03) 9853 2344.