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Thriving, not just surviving, after cancer

News » Local Media Releases » Thriving, not just surviving, after cancer

Thriving, not just surviving, after cancer

Posted 18 April 2017 in Local Media Releases

This month, Cancer Council ACT is inviting Canberra residents who have completed cancer treatment, to attend its free face-to-face Living Well After Cancer program.

Cancer and its treatment can bring a host of challenges. Survivors can face changes in their appearance and body function, and struggle to manage the emotional impact of the disease.

Over 1,500 people in the ACT are predicted to be diagnosed with cancer this year. The latest data shows that around two in three people diagnosed with cancer in the ACT are alive five years later, with many becoming long term survivors.

Sandra Turner, Chief Executive Officer at Cancer Council ACT, said that Living Well After Cancer offers practical information and open discussion on the possible changes, challenges and opportunities that cancer survivors can experience.

“There is often an expectation for cancer survivors to ‘get back to normal’ after treatment, but we know that for many this is far from reality,” Ms Turner said.

“Living Well After Cancer gives participants the opportunity to connect with others on a similar journey, all within a supportive space.

“They can share tips, ideas and advice on managing life moving forward, with the aim to thrive, not just survive after cancer,” she said.

Living Well After Cancer is open to cancer survivors, their carers, family, friends and work colleagues and is delivered by trained facilitators who have experienced the challenges of cancer first-hand.

Date: Saturday 29 April 2017

Time: 10.00am to 12:30pm

Location: Town Centre Vikings Club, Greenway

Contact: To register call 1300 200 558 (local rate) or email livingwellaftercancer@nswcc.org.au by Friday 21 April 2017

Media Contact Details

Sandra Turner - CEO Cancer Council ACT

Tel: 0414 695 632 Email: media@actcancer.org Web: www.actcancer.org