2018 marks a significant year for us as we celebrate 60 years of operation by touring WA to debunk some of the most common cancer myths.
We kicked off the first of nine 60th Anniversary Roadshow events in Albany last month to a fantastic turn out at the Vancouver Arts Centre.
Our Regional Education Officer, Bruce Beamish, welcomed the crowd and introduced our CEO, Ashley Reid, who spoke about our organisation's progress over the past 60 years and thanked the community for their unwavering support.
It was then over to our Education and Research Director, Terry Slevin, who uncovered the truth behind some interesting cancer myths in a Q&A session with the audience.
Earlier in the day, our Cancer Support Coordinator for the Great Southern Region, Fiona Williamson, accompanied our CEO on a tour of the Albany Health Campus, where her office is based.
CEO Ashley Reid visits the Albany Health Campus with our Cancer Support Coordinator for the Great Southern Regions, Fiona Williamson.
In 2017 alone, 820 occasions of support were provided to people affected by cancer and their families in the Great Southern region.
"It's important that people affected by cancer in the region have somewhere to turn to for information and support," Fiona said.
"Being diagnosed with cancer can turn your world upside down. I see people soon after they hear the news and this usually happens after a test within the local regional hospital where I am based.
"As a Cancer Support Coordinator, I can help to clarify and untangle the information they hear and help them feel that they have some control."
Fiona said the benefit of having a local support network means patients don't have to travel far to get help.
"We can assist with financial concerns and emotional support in the form of local counsellors and financial advisors. There is also a wide variety of peer support available to people affected by cancer in the region.
"With new programs being run locally such as our Keystones Information Seminar, Life Now Yoga Groups and a Bereavement Support group, we're able to meet the needs of people in the region.
"Surviving Cancer has its own challenges so having an ongoing relationship with these clients so they have somewhere to turn is of vital importance."
If you would like more information about the support services available in the Great Southern Region, give our Cancer Nurses a call on 13 11 20.
Everyone's heard of a cancer myth but what's true and what's false? Our Q&A sessions are the perfect opportunity for the community to have their questions answered and learn more about the work we do. Find out more information here.
The next stop on our Roadshow is Broome on May 29. Register for your free ticket now!