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Most cancer survivors experience sleep disturbance

29th August 2018 - Patient support

New Cancer Council webinar helps improve sleep for cancer survivors

Cancer Council is encouraging people affected by cancer to register for a free online webinar on Thursday 30 August to discuss practical measures to help cancer survivors improve their sleep.

Sleep disturbance is increasingly recognised as an important health factor for people with cancer and has a broad-ranging impact on quality of life. Poor sleep is known to affect up to 75% of cancer patients along their treatment journey. Poor sleep can also make the side-effects of treatment worse. 

The latest webinar in Cancer Council’s free series, ‘Sleep – How can I get a good night’s sleep,’ will feature a panel discussion with guest speakers; Dr Laura Kirsten (Clinical Psychologist), Dr Catherine Mason (Psychiatrist), and breast cancer survivor and Cancer Council volunteer Annmaree Mitchell.

“We know that difficulty sleeping is common among people who have had cancer,” says Cancer Council’s Practical Support Unit Manager Jill Mills.

“Sleeping patterns may easily be affected by symptoms of cancer treatment, like pain, breathlessness, anxiety or depression. Worrying about not getting enough sleep isn’t helpful either, so our new webinar will help cancer survivors understand why sleep is so important and recommend resources that can help them get a better night’s sleep.”

To register for Cancer Council’s August 30 webinar Sleep – “How can I get a good night’s sleep”, watch previous webinars or find out about other upcoming Cancer Council webinars, visit:


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Notes to Editor:

Cancer Council NSW’s webinar will air live on Thursday, 30 August from 7:00pm to 8:00pm (AEST). The webinar is open to people of any age who have been affected by cancer, either as a patient, family member, carer or health professional. Participants can log on from any device anywhere around Australia.

When registering, and during the live discussion, participants are invited to submit questions, some of which will be discussed during the last 15 minutes of the webinar. A link to the recorded webinar and other supporting resources will also be emailed to all registrants following the live event. 

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