Cancer Survivorship Service wants to hear from you

Cancer’s impact is felt long after treatment has finished. Castlemaine Health, in partnership with Castlemaine District Community Health, has developed a new, local service to support cancer survivors’ and their carers transition from active treatment.

Castlemaine Health would like to invite cancer survivors, their families, friends and carers to contribute in any way to this new service. We’d like to hear your suggestions and comments. Share your  experience; what helped you and what didn’t, the barriers you faced and what you wish had been available to help once treatment was finished.

If you’d like to contribute or stay updated as the service develops, email jsymons@castlemainehealth.org.au or call Julie Symons, Cancer Survivorship Project Officer on 5471 1634.

Project leader Kerryn James said: “The unique insights and perspectives of those who have survived cancer, and of their families, friends and carers, will be a big help to our work. We’d love to hear their stories.”

Cancer rates have increased markedly in the Mount Alexander Shire over the past 15 years and accessibility to survivorship care is a significant barrier for rural cancer survivors. The ‘Survive and Thrive’ Cancer Survivorship Service will help empower cancer survivors to regain strength, health and quality of life by accessing coordinated, multidisciplinary care services close to home.

In August 2016 it was announced that Castlemaine Health was among 13 recipients of a State Government grant sharing $2.92 million, with $149,750 received to implement the project. Castlemaine Health acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

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