Past Workshop – Busting Cancer Myths

Busting Cancer Myths – A Free Workshop

“If we are going to bust a few myths, let’s clear up this one about sugar.” So began the first ‘Busting Cancer Myths’ workshop earlier this month in southern Sydney.

An initiative of the Prostate & Breast Cancer Foundation’s CanCare Navigation program, the workshop brought together health professionals from the St George Cancer Centre with an audience of cancer survivors and their carers.

For those who experience a life-threatening disease, the question “How do I stay healthy?” is top of mind. The workshop provided:

  • Some take-home tools to help make healthy lifestyle choices;
  • Information about the support services available for a person with cancer;
  • Ideas and tips to improve self-management skills; and
  • How to find credible health information.

Among the speakers, Assoc. Professor Winston Liauw spoke about the causes of cancer, how it spreads and how it is detected. He also discussed clinical trials and why some people are accepted into a trial, while others aren’t. From the Oncology Social Work team, Emma and Cohen discussed how cancer effects both the person with cancer and those around them; the common stresses during treatment, such as money, employment and changing family relations, and the ways a social worker can help.

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Carina Falimo, a Nurse Educator talked about the types of treatment for cancer, the side effects and the importance of telling your GP or hospital if they become too severe. Following on from Carina, Nina Bonner, an Oncology Dietician busted some myths about cancer and sugars, fats and your body; how your body’s needs are quite different during and after treatment, and why it’s important to aim for a healthy post-treatment weight.

Understanding the benefits of exercise and physical activity is also vital. Liane O’Brien, a Senior Physiotherapist discussed the many benefits an exercise program offers, before and after treatment, ensuring your health team are involved, and various exercise options.

From the time of diagnosis, your local doctor (GP) plays a vital role. Dr Klaus Stelter, GP, discussed how your GP will can support and advocate for you as you go through treatment and is one of the few people that is there for you before, during and after treatment.

“I learnt a lot and am grateful for your team and the many health professionals who took the time to share their advice.” John

“I knew I wasn’t coping and now I know what I need to do and who can help me.” Sara


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