Cancer survivors are encouraged to access range of support services
This National Cancer Survivor’s Day, June 3 2018, Cancer Council NSW is encouraging people who have survived cancer to participate in survivorship support programs to improve quality of life and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.
National Cancer Survivor’s Day recognises those with a living history of cancer within the community and brings awareness to the challenges they face after treatment.
The number of people surviving cancer is increasing. The relative five-year survival rate for cancer in Australia increased from 48 per cent during 1984-1988 to 68 per cent in 2009-2013. While these statistics are great news, they also mean that the number of survivors in need of support is increasing, too.
Cancer Council NSW Practical Support Manager, Jill Mills, says it is important to remember that the impact of a cancer diagnosis doesn’t stop after active treatment.
“To date, in the current financial year alone, we have conducted 38 ENRICHing Survivorship programs across NSW, reaching 630 cancer survivors, their families and carers. This free, eight-week group program coaches cancer survivors in physical activity, nutrition and peer support.
“So far, this year, our survivorship webinar series has seen over 2,960 people registering to tune in to learn more about how to cope with issues that arise after cancer treatment. Cancer survivors can also access telephone-based healthy lifestyle coaching through our Healthy Living after Cancer program or connect with others who have had cancer through our Cancer Council Online Community,” Ms Mills said.
To learn more about Cancer Council survivorship support programs available in NSW, visit: https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/get-support/life-after-cancer-treatment/
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About Cancer Council:
Cancer Council is Australia’s leading cancer charity working across every aspect of every cancer. Every day, we support families affected by cancer when they need it most, speak out on behalf of the community on cancer issues, empower people to reduce their cancer risk, and find new ways to better detect and treat cancer. With your help, we’re getting closer to a cancer free future every day.
About the ENRICHing Survivorship Program:
The ENRICHing Survivorship program is a free, 8-week group program. Each session is two hours long and conducted face-to-face. The program introduces survivors to a range of nutrition information, involvement in physical activity and practical information and discussion about adjusting to life following cancer treatment. Carers, partners or family members are welcome, and encouraged, to attend with the survivor. The program includes sessions covering healthy lifestyle, yoga, mindfulness and peer support.
About the Healthy Living after Cancer program:
Our Healthy Living after Cancer program offers free health coaching over the phone, with experienced health consultants. The program can help you get active, eat better and feel better, so that you can do more of the things that are important to you. The program is available to people over 18 who have completed cancer treatment. You’ll receive up to 12 health coaching calls over a period of six months from a Cancer Council Consultant.
About Cancer Council’s Survivorship Webinars:
Cancer survivors, carers, family and friends can access real-time information through Cancer Council NSW’s webinars. Our webinar series allows people in different geographic locations to learn about strategies to improve their wellbeing, and interact with the presenters and other participants.
About The Cancer Council Online Community:
The Cancer Council Online Community is a platform where people are encouraged to share their stories in a safe space. Anyone seeking information can view the content within the website, including blogs, online discussions, and all public information. However only community members can engage on the platform e.g. comment, publish blogs, interact with other members etc. The Cancer Council Online Community caters for everyone who has been affected or touched by cancer, including cancer survivors, patients, carers, family and friends.
About Cancer Connect:
Cancer Connect is one to one telephone peer support for people experiencing a newly diagnosed cancer, undertaking treatment or encountering survivorship issues. Cancer survivors can get involved by becoming a Cancer Connect volunteer. Cancer Connect volunteers are specially trained and supported by Cancer Connect health professionals. People affected by cancer are connected to Cancer Connect volunteers who have recovered from a similar cancer experience.
 AIHW 2017. Cancer in Australia 2017. Cancer series no. 101. Cat no. CAN 100. Canberra: AIHW