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New fundraiser for Concord Hospital's Sydney Cancer Survivorship Centre

Life and Hope spring at cabaret dinner

October 2019

New fundraiser for Concord Hospital's Sydney Cancer Survivorship Centre

New fundraiser for Concord Hospital's Sydney Cancer Survivorship Centre

A fabulous cabaret dinner will be held to raise money for Concord Hospital’s Sydney Cancer Survivorship Centre.

The inaugural Life and Hope Cabaret Dinner at Concord Golf Club will feature the ABBA Girls Experience and Steve King as Elvis as live entertainment.

The Sydney Cancer Survivorship Centre is the only one of its kind in Australia for adult cancer survivors. A multidisciplinary team of health professionals work collaboratively to develop an individual Survivorship Care Plan for each patient.

Since its inception five years ago, the Survivorship Centre has seen 650 patients. Currently, about 120 patients a week attend the Centre and its various classes, clinics and therapies.

Cherrie Bullard from North Strathfield was one of more than 15,500 Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2015.

Cherrie, who was in her 60s at the time, had surgery to remove her large colon, ovaries and 64 lymph nodes before eight rounds of chemotherapy. It was long journey to get well and credits the support of the Centre as integral to her recovery.

“I feel that in part, my great recovery is due to the fantastic support and motivation to get physically active again as well as the holistic support from the wonderful survivorship team,” Cherrie said.

About 145,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Australia each year. With improved detection methods and screening, almost seven out of 10 Australians will survive for at least five years after a cancer diagnosis. In some cancers the survival is as high as 90 per cent.

The Centre runs courses and programs for cancer survivors and their families that promote a healthy lifestyle, such as exercise, Pilates and yoga.

Patients are also encouraged to use the Cancer Survivorship Gym at all stages of their cancer journey. Concord Hospital is the only public hospital in NSW to have exercise physiologists employed to work specifically with cancer patients.

Director Professor Janette Vardy said research shows regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can help decrease the risk of some common cancers returning. They can also reduce symptoms associated with cancer or cancer treatment.

“Cancer can be very life changing for patients and their loved ones. Depending on the type, stage and treatment, transitioning back to ‘normal’ life, isn’t always easy,” Professor Vardy said.

“Cancer can also change the way people feel and look, which presents many challenges.”

The Centre also provides therapies such as mindfulness, art and music therapy.

The 2019 Life and Hope Cabaret Dinner will be held on Saturday 2 November 2019 at Concord Golf Club. Tickets are $150 and include a three course meal, drinks and entertainment.

For more information phone 9767 5222 or to book tickets online see https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/events/CRGH-ssc-cabaret/

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