Men’s Psycho-social needs 

“What support do men need after cancer?”


When: Thursday 1st March 2018
What Time: 7pm - 8pm AEDT
Duration:
60 minutes
Where:
Online - join via your computer, tablet or smart phone
Panel: Ray Araullo, Matt Featherstone and Dr Benjamin Britton
Cost: Complimentary

About the Webinar

Cancer survivors face many emotional, psychological and practical day-to-day demands on top of the physical impacts of the disease and its treatment. In 2018 it is estimated that 74,644 males will be diagnosed with cancer in Australia and as more people are surviving a cancer diagnosis the need to provide support is ever increasing. We will be discussing the psychological and social issues facing men in Australia including the cultural expectations affecting them.

About the presenters..

This discussion will be facilitated by Jill Mills, Cancer Council NSW, Practical Support Unit and the panel will include:

Ray Araullo

RAnna Hrynko is 47 and grew up in Melbourne. Her mother and two great Aunts all passed away from breast cancer.

In 2012 Anna was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer in one breast and then had a mastectomy, axillary lymph node clearance, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a targeted drug by a port a cath iv. Anna had genetic testing because of her strong family history. Whilst the results were inconclusive, she decided to have all the prophylactic surgery, oophorectomy and mastectomy of the other breast. Anna then had a full breast reconstruction, which was a very challenging time.

A month later Anna was back in hospital having half her thyroid removed as it was suspicious. Fortunately it was all clear.

Anna has been through the works, with all her treatments and nine operations in four years. Anna remembers her GP saying “Cancer is aggressive and you need to treat it aggressively” .

Anna co-facilitates a support group for young women with breast cancer. Last year she completed two fun runs the 8km Mother’s Day Classic and 14km City to Surf. It was a huge challenge & achievement to celebrate her 5 year Anniversary.

Anna manages her fear of recurrence by keeping her immune system strong, eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, managing her stress and being grateful.


Ben Smith

Matt runs a successful workplace coaching and consulting practice with his wife Liz, and so being diagnosed with prostate cancer at 49 years of age resulted in sleepless nights about many things. The experience of his diagnosis, treatment and recovery was difficult, not just for him but also for his family. Matt's cancer experience has led him to making much healthier work and life choices. He has a degree in Psychology and is an Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership accredited workplace coach. Matt volunteers with the Cancer Council Connect program, providing peer to peer telephone support.


Dr Benjamin Britton

Dr Ben Britton is a Senior Clinical and Health Psychologist at the Calvary Mater and John Hunter hospitals in Newcastle. His clinical work involves helping cancer patients and their families adjust to the emotional, social and psychological changes caused by a diagnosis of cancer. Ben’s research interests focus on the translation of evidence-based psychological interventions, difficult-to-treat populations, and new areas of intervention to promote health behaviour changes.

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