People affected by cancer in Westmeath have been invited to attend the Irish Cancer Society's annual free conference next month. Entitled 'Living Well With Cancer', this year’s conference takes place in the Clayton Hotel, Galway, on Saturday, September 15 and in the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork, on Saturday, September 22.
Up to 800 cancer patients, survivors and their supporters from across Ireland, will travel to both venues to attend this unique event. The conference will include practical information sessions such as Advances in Cancer Treatment, Dealing with Fatigue, 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.
Speaking about the event, Irish Cancer Society CEO, Averil Power acknowledged that there were now a greater number of people living with or beyond cancer in this country.
"More than 150,000 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.
"I am delighted to announce the details of our annual conference, which for the first time will take place in two locations around Ireland. We hope that by bringing the conference to two locations it will encourage more people than ever before to attend. In its 25th year, this event is an essential part of the Irish Cancer Society’s work. It allows us to share stories, learn about new issues and most importantly, support each other in the process.
"Delegates will be offered the opportunity to engage with cancer experts with a particular emphasis on the emotional and psychological effects of cancer and keeping well into the future. 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,” Ms. Power concluded.