Free cancer information sessions in Edenhope

 On Tuesday 10 October 2017, free information for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and other cancers, and their friends and family will be available to West Wimmera residents.

Cancer Council Victoria’s Living with Prostate Cancer Education Program is run by local health professionals, and will be held at Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital. Topics to be covered include:

  • Getting the most out of your health- nutrition and physical activity
  • Dealing with treatments and side effects
  • Learning how to relax and manage stress
  • Communicating with family, friends and colleagues

Meg Chiswell, Head of the Cancer Information and Support Service at Cancer Council Victoria, said that more than 600 people took part in the program state-wide last year.

“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 Chiswell said.

“This is a unique opportunity for men with cancer, their friends and family to ask questions of a health professional outside of the hospital setting, while at the same time linking up with others who are undergoing a similar experience,” she said.

On average, 38 local residents are diagnosed with cancer in West Wimmera each year, with prostate cancer one of the most common cancers diagnosed.

Ms Chiswell said the Living with Cancer Education Program had been running for more than 20 years. “Those attending continue to tell us just how helpful the sessions are, and how valuable a resource they are,” she said.

The program may also be appropriate for people who are dealing with other forms of cancer, not just prostate cancer. Enquiries re welcome.

“It was great to be able to talk to healthcare experts outside normal appointments. The atmosphere was relaxed and I felt more confident asking questions,” said another.

To register, or to find out more, contact Cath McDonald on 03 5585 9845 or


For further information, please contact: Thea Cargill on 03 9514 6585 or  

Cancer Council Victoria is a non-profit organisation that has been leading the fight against all cancers for 81 years in the areas of research, patient support, cancer prevention and advocacy. For details visit, or to speak to our experienced cancer nurses call Cancer Council 13 11 20. This is a confidential service for anyone after cancer information or support.