Cancer patients get a helping hand
ALL too often someone gets the devastating news that they have cancer.
It's not something anyone should face alone.
For that reason, the Cancer Council has brought support to Tweed Heads via a new information centre based at Tweed Heads Hospital.
The Tweed Shire and surrounding regions will benefit from a dedicated Cancer Council Information Centre that opened its doors on Monday.
Located in the main foyer, local volunteers will provide patients and their family and friends with the latest information and resources about cancer diagnosis, treatment and support services.
"Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis can be distressing and confusing for patients," Gill Batt, director of Cancer
Council NSW's information and support services said.
"Visitors to the information centre will find relevant cancer information so that they can have their questions answered, know what to expect, and find out what support is available.
"The centre is also a place to relax between appointments or just take some time out and have a chat with one of our friendly volunteers."
Resources include brochures, leaflets, DVDs and internet access to the Cancer Council NSW and other leading cancer information websites.
The centre also offers free telephone access to the Cancer Council Helpline.
Sue Brooks, Nursing Unit Manager Cancer Services for Northern NSW said it was important to have such "a great resource close to the medical specialists so patients can access up to date information and timely support".
The Cancer Council Information Centre is located in the main foyer of the Tweed Hospital and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am - 3pm.
Appointments are not necessary, resources are free, and everyone is welcome.
For information about the new centre, or if you have any other cancer questions, call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or visit www.cancercouncil.com.au
Cancer Council info centre volunteers Mildred Hall and Bill Foster. John Gass.