A NEW forum has been created to help women across the region deal with cancer.
South West Healthcare (SWH) has teamed up with Counterpart, a Women’s Health Victoria service, to deliver webinars for women living with a breast or gynaecological cancer.
The first session will be held on July 19 from 10am to 12.30pm at Warrnambool Community South, with the topic being Menopause After Cancer.
SWH McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Rebecca Hay and Cancer Link Nurse Sharna Purcell are coordinating the webinars.
Ms Hay said nurse coordinator for the menopause symptoms after cancer clinic at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Faith Rees, will be a guest presenter at the webinar.
“The onset of menopausal symptoms after treatment for breast or gynecological cancer can have a long-lasting effect on quality of life, body image, sexual function and self-esteem,” Ms Hay said.
“Faith will speak about the management of menopausal symptoms and after cancer treatment.”
Morning tea will be provided at the webinar and bookings are essential. To book, call Sharna Purcell on 5564 4186, Rebecca Hay on 0458 833 584 or Sarah Ramsdale on 0431 072 677.
Access to Counterpart is free for women in Victoria who have experienced breast or gynaecological cancer.
For more information on this service, call 1300 781 500 to speak to trained peer support volunteers.