PANCREATIC CANCER FORUM Nov 7 in Fortitude Valley

Locals impacted by pancreatic cancer invited to free forum

In light of pancreatic cancer awareness month, Cancer Council Queensland is reaching out to Brisbane locals affected by offering a free community education session.

Pancreatic cancer awareness month, November 1 – 30, is an important time to raise awareness about risk factors, signs, symptoms and challenges associated with the disease.

The Pancreatic Cancer Forum will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 9am – 1pm at Cancer Council Queensland, 553 Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley.

To reserve your seat or for further information call 13 11 20 or email healthpros@cancerqld.org.au. Reservations close, Wednesday, November 4.

Around 470 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Queensland each year and sadly many will die from the disease. In 2012, 453 Queenslanders died from pancreatic cancer.

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

“The forum will provide information and support to those affected, while creating an opportunity to connect with other people dealing with the same issues,” Ms Clift said.

“We’ll be covering topics from risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and surgical management, treatment options, genetics and survival.

“Patients can experience a range of changes and challenges following a diagnosis – emotionally, physically and practically – and we’re here to support them through that.”

Pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest cancers to detect, and signs and symptoms can often go undetected.

“Early detection can help give doctors a better chance of treating pancreatic cancer effectively so it’s important to get to know symptoms of the disease,” Ms Clift said.

“These include pain in the upper abdomen, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, weight loss, changes in bowel motions and jaundice.

“If you or someone you love has any of these symptoms, don’t delay talking to your GP.”

Guest speakers on the day include a surgeon, an oncologist, a geneticist and a pancreatic cancer survivor.

For more about Cancer Council Queensland’s support options visit www.cancerqld.org.au or phone Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 support and information line.

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