Cancer Council hosts forum to support Gold Coast melanoma patients

THE Cancer Council will host a free information and support session to reach out to locals affected by Melenoma on the Gold Coast.

According to the Cancer Council Queensland, the Sunshine State is the skin cancer capital of the world, with Melanoma being the second most common cancer diagnosed on the Gold Coast.

More than 3600 Queenslanders are diagnosed with melanoma each year, and it is estimated that over 350,000 non-melanoma skin cancers are treated.


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To reach out and support those affected, Cancer Council Queensland will host a Melanoma Cancer Forum at their Gold Coast office in Southport on Friday, 11 November from 10am-12pm.

The information and support session will provide an update on treatment options, information on current research and Cancer Council Queensland services, and explore post treatment issues.

Guest speakers will include Gold Coast University Hospital medical oncologist Dr Marcin Dzienis and Tasman Healthcare research coordinator Andrew McFadzen.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said melanoma patients needed dedicated information and support to assist them after a diagnosis.

“In the Gold Coast region alone, around 490 people are diagnosed with melanoma each year,” Ms Clift said.

“This forum will provide information about the latest treatment options and melanoma research, and offer practical tips to help people cope with a diagnosis and life after treatment.”

Ms Clift said the session created an opportunity for locals to share their personal experiences and connect with other people dealing with the same issues.

“Sharing personal experiences with others in a supportive environment can help those affected by cancer know that they are not alone,” Ms Clift said.

“We encourage all melanoma cancer patients, survivors and carers to join us for a morning of support and information.”

Bookings for the Melanoma Cancer Forum are essential and are required by November 9. To reserve your space call Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 or email communitysupportservices@cancerqld.org.au.

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