Mar 17
‘The Cancer Journey: Assembling the Pieces’ helps tell the cancer journey story

The management of cancer is a complex process involving many health professionals and support networks within the community.

As such, local health professionals and volunteers from Western NSW Local Health District's Daffodil Cottage Cancer Service would like to provide Bathurst and surrounding communities with an opportunity to learn more about how the cancer journey is managed and what treatment and support services are available from both Daffodil Cottage and within the local community.

The 'Cancer Journey: 'Assembling the Pieces'' program has been developed around 'real' patient and carer stories. These stories are the foundation upon which the program revolves and are being read by members of the Bathurst Theatre Company who have kindly volunteered their talents and enthusiasm to this production. Doctors, specialist doctors, specialist nurses, dieticians, social workers and occupational therapists are among those talking about their roles as part of the program.

Nursing Unit Manager of Daffodil Cottage, Desiree Burgess said she is excited to be able to provide the local community with information about the cancer journey.

“The cancer journey is often quite complex and daunting, so we hope that this program will help those in the community find the information helpful," Ms Burgess said.

“The process of care is often described as a journey and for many people with cancer and for those caring for them it can be bewildering. At times people may feel they are stumbling in a maze of appointments and treatment options not knowing exactly where they are headed."

“Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with a range of health care providers who play an invaluable part within the community in supporting people with cancer and their carers."

The event will be held at The Bathurst RSL Club in Rankin Street, who has generously donated the use of their auditorium for the event. Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided. As there are limited seats available, registration is necessary to secure a seat. To register, please call Daffodil Cottage on (02) 6330 5347.

The event will be managed with the assistance of a local production company Production Art who have extensive experience in local theatre production and design.

The Daffodil Cottage will also be working with the Production Art team on producing a video which will be the cornerstone of an information package that Daffodil Cottage is creating. This information package will be supplied to local GP practices and made available in the community wherever people with the diagnosis of cancer may be referred.

Organisations that will be represented at the event include CanAssist, Cancer Council, Canteen, McGrath Foundation, Encore, Look Good Feel Better and the Bathurst Prostate Support Group.

Details of the event:

Date: 1 April 2017

Time: 9am – 2:40pm

Location: Bathurst RSL Club, Rankin Street

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au