Local support for cancer patients growing

16 April 2014

A new local cancer support group will be launched by Cancer Council WA in the Rockingham and Peel region next month.

Local Cancer Support Coordinator Gail Christensen said she was looking forward to offering this valuable new support service.

“I know support groups can make a huge difference to cancer patients, carers and families,” Gail said.

“The groups can be an invaluable source of support, particularly in reminding people you do not have to feel ‘alone’ in the emotional and physical challenges you may face as a result of cancer.

“I know many individuals feel reluctant to join a support group, but if you do know someone who may benefit from attending, I’d urge you to encourage them to come along and give it a go.

“Joining a local support group can provide you the opportunity to meet and talk to others who share or understand your experience of cancer and to discuss ways of coping with the challenges of life after a cancer diagnosis,” she said.

All Cancer Council support groups are run by facilitators who have completed comprehensive training, so you can be assured that they are both safe and confidential and are run in a professional manner.

Cancer Council is also calling for more volunteers to help expand its complementary therapy service in Peel/Rockingham region.

Qualified therapists in hand and foot massage, reflexology, reiki and full body relaxation massage are specifically sought to help people living with cancer in the Peel/Rockingham region.

Gail said this was another of the support services offered by Cancer Council.

“This is a great way for someone with the right experience, qualifications and some free time, to get involved in a very worthwhile service and be part of a holistic approach to cancer care.

Cancer Council WA’s complementary therapy program aims to improve quality of life and can help people to cope better with the symptoms of cancer and the side effects caused by its treatment. Clients are offered up to six free sessions of complementary therapy.

To find out more about services, contact the Cancer Council Helpline on13 11 20.

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