"How do I cope with these unexpected feelings?”
When: 29th September 2016
What Time: 7pm - 8pm AEST
Duration: 60 minutes
Where: Online - join via your computer, tablet or smart phone
Panel: Dr Catherine Mason, Dr Laura Kirsten and Pauline Shilkin
About the Webinar
Anxiety and depression are commonly experienced after cancer treatment has finished. Family and friends expect you to be happy that you have ‘survived’ but this is not always the case. Lives have been turned upside down and life as it was is now not the same. Relationships are tested, friendships and marriages sometimes end which may leave the cancer survivor feeling anxious and depressed.
About the Presenters
This discussion will be facilitated by Jill Mills, Cancer Council NSW, Practical Support Unit and the panel will include:
Dr Catherine Mason
Dr Catherine Mason is a senior staff specialist psychiatrist working with patients from oncology, haematology oncology and palliative care in western Sydney since 1998. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine with the University of Sydney Medical School and has long standing interests in medical education and clinical ethics. She leads an interdisciplinary team in the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead, caring for inpatients and outpatients in oncology, haematology and palliative care. Her interests include care at the end of life, medical ethics, mood disorders in cancer patients and adaptation in chronic illness.
Dr Laura Kirsten
Dr Kirsten is a senior clinical psychologist at Nepean Cancer Care Centre with both clinical and research expertise in psycho-oncology. Since completing her PhD she now provides psychosocial care to adults with cancer and their families. In this centre she provides services to medical oncology, radiation oncology, haematology and palliative care. She is the chair of the Psycho-oncology Group of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and also chairs the NSW Psychologists in Oncology group. Laura has a broad range of research interests including sexuality and cancer, cancer support groups, sleep interventions for cancer patients and stress and burnout in health professionals working in oncology.
Pauline is a mother, wellness coach, social worker, motivational speaker and a two-time breast cancer survivor.
Pauline was first diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 1997 when she was just 33. She had a lumpectomy, node clearance and the standard six weeks of radiotherapy. She settled back into life with her 2 small children and got on with it. In 2012 Pauline was again diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in the same breast. This time she opted for a bilateral mastectomy and then had 6 rounds of chemotherapy. At the time of her diagnosis Pauline was the Manager of the Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Program at Cancer Council NSW.Prior to that she had worked as a Community Network Coordinator also at Cancer Council NSW. Being fortunate to work at Cancer Council, Pauline was supported in taking time off work to deal with the challenges this second diagnosis presented. Getting on with life was a little more difficult this time round.Four years on and Pauline is well, happy and enjoying selling buns at Baker’s Delight. She also volunteers with new mums, women re-entering the workforce and coaching people transitioning from one career to the next.
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