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  • Cancer information forum for Port Lincoln

    25 June 2014

    Cancer Council SA is inviting the Port Lincoln community to join local health professionals at an after cancer treatment forum on Thursday 3 July.

    Having received so much support from the local community through many recent fundraising initiatives, Cancer Council SA is delighted to be able to provide this forum to the local community.

    Attendees will hear from health professionals and also from those who are sharing their cancer experience.

    Being a cancer survivor can mean different things, but many survivors share common concerns and issues which can affect everyone.

    General Manager of Cancer Control at Cancer Council SA, Dr Marion Eckert, said the forum was an important way of giving back to the local community.

    “Communities across regional South Australia, including Port Lincoln, are such generous supporters of Cancer Council SA, which enables us to deliver our research, prevention and support services,” Dr Eckert said.

    “It is extremely important to continue to provide support to people who have finished active treatment, which can be a challenging time for many people.

    “This forum addresses a very important issue about support post-cancer treatment, something which is often overlooked.”

    Gill Miller, from Cancer Council SA, will facilitate the forum and is looking forward to engaging with the local community.

    “We know that for many people a cancer experience does not end once treatment is over; there are a wide variety of ongoing challenges,” Ms Miller said.

    “Our aim is to provide the opportunity and the right kind of environment where people can share their stories and experiences, knowing they are amongst others who have been in similar situations.

    “We want people to know that they are never alone when it comes to coping with cancer, even after treatment. There is support and there are resources and services available.”

    One person who will share their personal story will be Port Lincoln local, Travis Rogers, who will detail his experience following treatment for cancer. 

    “Just over 10 years ago when I was 27, I was diagnosed with a rare cancer that normally only affects babies and small children,” Mr Rogers said.

    “At the time, I was given three months to live.

    “The treatment involved a trial that I agreed to that included chemotherapy and full left arm amputation.

    “Ongoing family and community support after cancer is very important.

    “Cancer does not always mean the end; but can be seen as an opportunity to stop and re-evaluate life and focus on what is important to you.”

    Cancer Council SA nurses speak with more than 1,000 regional callers each year who seek information and support through Cancer Council 13 11 20. In the past 12 months, almost 150 calls were made from the Eyre Peninsula region.

    Our accommodation service, Cancer Council Lodges, are an important service for regional South Australians travelling to Adelaide for cancer treatment. Cancer Council Lodges offer a ‘home away from home’ for guests, and provide access to free transport to some cancer treatment centres and to a social worker for support during their stay.

    In the last 12 months the Lodges provided 956 room nights of accommodation to guests from Port Lincoln.

    Cancer Council SA wants to remind the community of Port Lincoln that they have access to a range of free support services, provided by qualified professionals to help people affected by cancer. They are easily accessed by calling Cancer Council 13 11 20.

    This forum is an opportunity for cancer survivors and their families to meet and network with others who have had similar experiences and meet local health professionals.

    Everyone is welcome. For more information about the free community information session, or to register, call Cancer Council 13 11 20 or email chl@cancersa.org.au by Friday 27 June 2014.  Bookings are essential for catering purposes.

    When: Thursday 3 July 2014 - 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

    Where: Port Lincoln Hotel, Mortlock and Flinders Room, 1 Lincoln Highway, Port Lincoln

    Refreshments provided

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