Mildura residents diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones will have access to a free cancer information session on Monday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 14.

Cancer Council Victoria’s Managing Cancer program is run by local health professionals and will be held at Mildura Base Public Hospital.

Topics covered in the session will include:

• Getting the most out of your healthcare team
• Dealing with treatments and side effects
• Learning how to relax and manage stress
• Communicating with family, friends and colleagues
• Information on important factors such as diet and exercise

Cancer Council Victoria’s Head of Cancer Information and Support Services Katherine Lane said more than 650 people took part in the program across Victoria in 2019.

“These practical sessions are run by experts in a relaxed and comfortable environment and have proven extremely beneficial for people with cancer, as well as those supporting them,” Ms Lane said.

“This is a unique opportunity for anyone with cancer, as well as their friends and family, to ask questions of a health professional outside of the hospital setting, while at the same time linking up with other people who are going through a similar experience.”

On average, 361 people are diagnosed with cancer in the Rural City of Mildura each year.

Ms Lane said the program had run for more than 20 years and was regularly conducted at hospitals and healthcare services throughout Victoria.

“Attendees continue to tell us that these sessions are a valuable and helpful resource for them,” she said.

One recent program participant said it gave them “a broader insight into cancer and the continuous work that is being done to eradicate it”.

Another said: “It was informative and it is good to be listened to, and to listen and learn.”

To register, or to find out more, contact Louise James at LJames@mbph.org.au or 0418829290.