A new cancer support group is being formed in the Sale area for people in the community with all forms of cancer.
Central Gippsland Health’s Community Liaison Group is supporting the establishment of the new group which will focus on individuals who have or have had cancer.
While there are some specific cancer support groups in the local area, the intention for this support group is that it is open to people who have had any sort of cancer. This will be a first in the area and the Community Liaison Group members believe there is a real need for this in the community.
Those interested are invited to attend the inaugural Cancer Support Group meeting with the hope there will be enough interest to continue the group.
Director Community Services at CGH, Mandy Pusmucans, said there was currently a gap in community support surrounding cancer.
“The aim of this group is to enable a safe, confidential and friendly place where people can give and receive emotional and practical support from others with a lived experience,” Ms Pusmucans said.
“Once the group has a solid foundation, there is potential to expand this to involve partners, friends and family in the future. Initially, we are taking small steps to gauge interest.
“There is wonderful support for patients with breast cancer but the members of the Community Liaison Group feel that there is a need for this type of support for people with other types of cancer.”
The Community Liaison Group members have been appreciative of the support in getting to this point. This has come from the McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse, Marg Centra as well as the Cancer Council Victoria and Ambulance Victoria.
The inaugural meeting will be held Thursday, 19 April from 2pm to 3.30pm in the Conference Room of the CGH Community Services Building in Palmerston Street with afternoon tea provided.
If you have or have had cancer and are interested in being a part of this Cancer Support Group or would like to know more, contact Mandy Pusmucans at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5143 8800 to RSVP.