Tamworth opens region’s first cancer info centre

 Wednesday 28 October  

Cancer Council NSW this week opened the doors to itsNorth Westregion’s first fully dedicated cancer information and support centre, in the heart ofTamworth

 Patients, families and carers will find all they need to know about their diagnosis, local support services and resources to help them cope with their cancer journey, at the Cancer Council Information Centre, based at the hospital’s cancer unit.  

 “Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis can be distressing and confusing for the more than 1,100 people diagnosed with cancer in the north west region each year,” Dr Andrew Penman, CEO of Cancer Council NSW said.

 “Staffed by trained volunteers, this drop-in centre is a relaxing space for visitors to gain essential information about cancer and support services available in and aroundTamworth.”

 Resources include brochures, leaflets, DVDs and internet access to the Cancer Council NSW and other leading cancer information websites.   The centre also has free telephone access to the Cancer Council Helpline.

 Christine Coombs, Director of Nursing atTamworthHospitalsaid the Cancer Council Information Centre would be a valuable addition to the cancer services offered atTamworthHospital.

 “HNE Health in partnership with the community has been working hard to strengthen cancer services atTamworthHospital,” Mrs Coombs said.

 “Earlier this year the community officially opened the redeveloped oncology unit, and this month we will be welcoming our resident medical oncologist Dr Mathew Georg toTamworth.

 “The new information centre which will house Quica-Touch, an award-winning program that will help us support the emotional needs of cancer patients, will go a long way to support patients and their carers.”

 The Cancer Council Information Centre is located at Tamworth Oncology Clinic,Dean Street,Tamworth.   Opening hours are 10am-4pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri).   All are welcome and appointments are not necessary.  

 The establishment of the Cancer Council Information Centre was made possible with funds generously donated by Tour de Cure www.tourdecure.com.au

 For cancer information and support call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20, or visit www.cancercouncil.com.au.