Planning For Life After Cancer Forum

Photo from 2016 Wellness and Life After Cancer Forum
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
A forum in Portland during June will help people to plan for life after cancer treatment.

The Cancer Council Victoria is for the first time hosting the free Wellness and Life After Cancer event on Tuesday June 27 at Portland District Health.

Health professionals will provide free information for people who have been affected by cancer and their friends and family

This Cancer Council Victoria program is run by local health professionals, and will be held at PDH from 9am-2.15pm.

Topics to be covered include adjusting to physical and emotional changes after cancer treatment, working with your GP to adopt a healthy lifestyle, returning to work and managing the financial impacts of cancer, and connecting to support services in the community.

An average of 122 people are diagnosed with cancer in the Glenelg Shire each year.

PDH Cancer Support Nurse Brooke Kelly said the forum was designed to help local people develop long-term plans to keep well following their cancer journey.

The program will include Dr Meg Pilkington from Active Health Portland, PDH psychologist Lauren Yuill, dietitian Melissa Yip and Exercise Physiologist Amy Goetz. Mrs Kelly and Warrnambool-based cancer support nurse Sharna Purcell will also present on the day.

Mrs Kelly said the program had proven to be beneficial for participants in other areas.

One recent participant in the program said: Things didn't just fall back into place like they were before I got sick. This program really helped me deal with changes in my life at home and at work. It made me realise I wasn’t the only one feeling a bit overwhelmed.

The event is free and includes catering.

To register, or to find out more, contact Mrs Kelly on 03 5521 0674 or csn.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au


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