Thursday 20 June 2019

You can learn how to live well with cancer

Theresa Cronin, a breast cancer survivor from Carrigtwohill, is encouraging other cancer survivors and their supporters to attend a conference on living with the illness, taking place later this month.

The Irish Cancer Society's annual free conference for cancer survivors and their families, entitled 'Living Well with Cancer', will take place at the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, on September 22.

The conference will include practical information sessions on matters such as advances in cancer treatment; dealing with fatigue; and sexuality and intimacy after a cancer diagnosis. There will also be workshops on exercise and diet, improving self confidence, mindfulness for daily living and returning to work.

Up to 500 cancer patients, survivors and their supporters, will travel to Cork to attend this unique event.

Cancer survivor Theresa is well-aware of the many issues someone suffering cancer encounters. "I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in December 2013. I had a double mastectomy followed by six months of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiotherapy," she said. "The Irish Cancer Society were a great source of information during my illness. I visited their Daffodil Centre in Cork University Hospital and accessed vital information through their website and leaflets.

"Thankfully I'm doing really well now but it can be really hard to return to your everyday life after a cancer diagnosis. The National Conference for Cancer Survivorship is a great opportunity to gain some valuable information on the physical and emotional effects of cancer and how to stay well in the future," Theresa added.

Irish Cancer Society CEO Averil Power pointed out that more than 165,000 people are now living with or beyond cancer in Ireland, and there is a growing need to understand and recognise the life-changing implications that a cancer diagnosis can have for both the patient and their loved ones.

"Attendees at our Cork conference will be offered the opportunity to engage with cancer experts with a particular emphasis on the emotional and psychological effects of cancer," she said.

"Bringing survivors together so that they may befriend and support each other is a powerful way of improving the lives of those living with cancer."

For more information or to register to attend the conference visit: email, or call the Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700.