Surviving cancer and feeling guilty can be an unexpected emotion. It may become a secret burden as you may not feel confident to talk freely about your feelings. It is in fact a common challenge with the feelings of guilt often mixed up with feelings of grief.
Ian Olver AM
Ian Olver AM is a medical oncologist, bioethicist and researcher. He is currently Professor of Translational Cancer Research, Director, Sansom Institute for Health Research and Dean, Research Strategy in the Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, where he heads up a psycho-oncology research team. He currently chairs the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC and sits on NHMRC Council. He is the President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer.
Maxine has over 25 years’ experience as a counsellor, supervisor, trainer, author and consultant with wide experience of working across a variety of organisations from hospitals and large non-governmental organisations to small volunteer based organisations and private corporations. Maxine has successfully operated a part- time private counselling and supervision practice, conducting face to face, telephone or Skype sessions for individuals and groups. She has extensive experience in preparing and delivering communication skills and counselling skills training courses. She teaches counselling and social work students at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. As a consultant she has worked with organisations during the establishment of a program or service, and with Boards and steering committees about the development of services. She also carries out quality audits as an independent external assessor across the health and not-for–profit sectors. Maxine has written a number of cancer and self-help information brochures and co-wrote ‘Cancer At Your Fingertips’ (McGraw-Hill, 2004) and Breast Cancer Answers At Your Fingertips (Class 2008). She pioneered telephone counselling in the UK and wrote ‘Counselling by Telephone’ (Sage) 1997 and ‘Telephone Counselling: A Handbook for Practitioners’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). Maxine is a Board member of the Cancer Counselling Professionals Association and a board member of the Australasian Association for Supervision. She is also a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia’s (PACFA) Ethics Committee and it’s Professional Standards Committee.
Sana Qadar was 22 when Ben Bravery, her partner of 5 months, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. She is a Canadian TV and radio journalist and currently a reporter at SBS. She often thinks about what it means for Ben to have survived cancer and the ongoing impact of the diagnosis and treatment on herself and their relationship. Her experience as Ben’s carer, and losing a close friend to melanoma two years ago, means that cancer is never far from her mind.