Free support services for women with cancer
AS PART of pink activities this month, Queensland women who have been affected by breast or gynaecological cancer are encouraged to access one of the Cancer Council's free support programs to help them through their cancer journey.
Cancer Connect is a free and confidential peer support program provided by Cancer Council Queensland that connects people with cancer to specially trained cancer survivors who have had a similar cancer experience, treatment or are a similar age.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson, Katie Clift, said breast and gynaecological cancer patients can receive support from a Cancer Connect volunteer at any stage of their cancer journey.
"Cancer Connect is a fantastic program that puts cancer patients in touch with cancer survivors for important emotional support, empathy, hope and encouragement," Ms Clift said.
"We know that talking to someone who has had a similar cancer experience can provide vital coping skills, practical information and support with the many challenges faced through cancer diagnosis and treatment.
"Our Cancer Connect program offers cancer patients an opportunity to speak with someone who really understands, which is especially significant during such a stressful and sometimes frightening time in their lives."
Ms Clift said the programs showed how vital fundraisers like the Girls Night In really were.
"Cancer Connect is just one of many support programs provided free by Cancer Council Queensland and it is a great example of how the Cancer Council uses funds raised from events like Girls' Night In to support local communities," she said.
"We have volunteers of all ages involved in the program who are ready to speak with cancer patients located anywhere in Queensland.
This year in Queensland, almost 4000 women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer and sadly more than 750 women will die from these cancers.
Throughout October, Cancer Council Queensland is encouraging everyone to support their work in fighting women's cancers by hosting a Girls' Night In.
Katie Clift said Girls' Night In encourages women to talk about their health, show support for those affected by cancer and raise funds to support vital programs like Cancer Connect.
"Hosting a Girls' Night In this October in your chance to get the girls together, share stories and talk about ways we can reduce our risk of cancer," Ms Clift said.
"This year Cancer Council Queensland will use funds raised through Girls' Night In to invest $29 million into vital cancer research, patient support services like Cancer Connect and education programs.
"A night in with the girls could be a healthy dinner party, chick flick night, games night, clothes swap or pampering session."
"No matter what the activity is, you're sure to have a great night in while supporting all women affected by cancer," she said.
For more information about hosting a Girls' Night In this October, visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.
For more information about Cancer Connect and other Cancer Council Queensland support services, please call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or visit www.cancerqld.org.au.