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Look Good—Feel better!
GyCan G y n a e c o l o g i c a l C a n c e r S o c i e t y Look Good—Feel better! Helpline 1800 650 960 Volume 5 August 2002. by John Gower, Chief Executive. The Gynaecological Cancer Society is effects can be so severe, a Programme an enthusiastic supporter of the aims like LGFB is very beneficial”. and objectives of the Look Good– Feel Better Programme, a cosmetic industry “It helps cancer sufferers have some community service initiative conducted control over their appearance, which is Inside this issue: at over 96 workshop locations through- important because they’ve lost com- out Australia. mand of what’s happening in their bod- Bulletin Board 2 ies. If they feel they can look normal, it Developed in 1990 and supported ever can help them take each day at a time since by CTFA (Cosmetic, Toiletry and and give them renewed vigour in the GyCan Subscription 2 Fragrance Association), the Look way they approach their illness”. Good– Feel Better Programme aims to teach female cancer patients practical Professor Alex Crandon, Director of the Information 2 hands-on techniques to counter some of Queensland Centre for Gynaecological the least appealing physical side-effects Cancer agrees. “Restoring quality of life of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy as quickly as possible is so important to Calendar of up- 3 coming events treatment. a patient’s physical and emotional well- being. Its all part of the healing process Look Good—Feel 5 The idea is simple and proven - by help- and needs to be taken seriously”. Better Locations ing women to restore their appearance, their self-image, self-esteem and self- “For many women, the diagnosis of can- About GCS 6 confidence, which may have taken a cer can be a life-changing experience. battering during treatment, is also re- Bearing this in mind, returning control stored. over their appearance during chemo or radiotherapy is a most positive step in CTFA members provide the make-up, them taking back the initiative and stop- materials and financial support needed ping the run-away train that they are on”. to run the Programme which is man- aged in Queensland by Dorothy May- The Look Good – Feel Better Pro- nard. Dorothy has told GyCan that gramme has a freecall Help-line 1800 since its inception over 27,000 women 650 960, web site www.lgfb.org.au or, in have attended the workshop style ses- Queensland, Dorothy Maynard can be sions with another 5,000 expected to contacted on (07) 3207 7262. take part this year. GyCan page 5 lists the Brisbane and Dr David Dalley, a medical oncologist at near region locations for the Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital, is con- Programme. Check directly with the vinced of the Programme’s value. “ For Programme for times and locations in a disease where the physical side- your area. Page 2 GyCan Bulletin Board IMPORTANT NEWS There has been a lot of media interest in recent days regarding inaccurate Pap smear test results. National health authorities are investigating and believe that the problem is localised and does not effect Queensland women. Three laboratories; Queensland Medical Laboratory, Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology and Queensland Cytology Service, handle over 90% of Queensland’s Pap smear testing. All three enjoy the highest possible reputation for quality assurance and rank amongst our countries finest pathology institutions. As always, if you are concerned about this issue, talk to your Pap smear testing doctor. We are about to do a complete revision of our web site www.gcsau.org We would like to know if you consider there are any major areas of need not currently covered by the site. Please drop Alyssa a line via mail or e-mail so we can ensure that we are of maximum benefit to those women who need us. If you have a story you Information feel might be an The Gynaecological Cancer Society has available on CD-ROM. inspiration to an extensive collection of information If you have any questions about gynaeco- others, please write resources on gynaecological cancer and logical cancer or its treatment and man- the issues surrounding it available agement, please contact us and we will be in and tell us in 250 through our Information and Education happy to provide any information and as- words or less. Programme. The programme is aimed at sistance we can. Our contact details are: patients, carers, medical professionals, students and others. 100 Kilkivan Avenue, Kenmore, Qld 4069 We have a website at www.gcsq.org.au, Telephone: (07) 3878 4790 booklets and leaflets on the full range of Fax: (07) 3878 8451 gynaecological cancers and some gynae- cological surgery and our entire site is Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please continue to send me GyCan. My details are: G y C a n Subscription. Name……………………….. GyCan is produced by the Society on a viously received GyCan and returned Address.……………………. your subscription request, you do not quarterly basis. This newsletter will keep you updated on GCS activities, upcoming need to do so again). ………………………………… events, breakthroughs in gynaecological Our mailing address is: Signature …………………… cancer research and much more. 100 Kilkivan Ave, Kenmore, Qld 4069 There is, however a cost involved in Alternatively, email your name, address producing GyCan. GCS charges no and request for subscription to I am interested in receiv- fee for subscription, we simply ask you to email@example.com. fill in and return to us the form on the We are also investigating the possibility of ing GyCan by email. My left if you wish to continue receiving email as one means of distribution. If you GyCan. This will remove the cost of dis- email address is: are interested in receiving GyCan by tributing GyCan to those who are not email, please tick the box and provide us interested in receiving it (if you have pre- with your email address. Volume 5 Page 3 Repeated—By Popular Demand There is probably more misinformation and misunderstanding about hormone replace- ment therapy (HRT) than almost any other area of medicine. As a result of this many women end up living a significant proportion of their life without the benefits of HRT. The problem is further compounded by a lack of understanding of the published scien- tific information and a desire by some groups in society to use this lack of understanding to further their own ends. Many women are concerned and frightened to take oestrogen HRT because they be- lieve it will increase their risks of breast and uterine cancer. This article is designed to put these issues into perspective. For most women who have been treated for a gynae- cological cancer the risk of uterine cancer is non-existent because their uterus has been removed. However, recent studies suggest that oestrogen HRT is not associated with an increased risk of recurrence of uterine cancer in women who have previously been treated for this disease. Some published studies have shown a 30-50% increased risk of developing breast can- cer in women who are taking oestrogen HRT. This is often interpreted by the media, the public and those who are opposed to HRT as an unacceptable risk, suggesting that 30- 50 women in every 100 (30-50%) will develop breast cancer if they take oestrogen HRT over a long period of time. This is very incorrect. What it really means is that the risk of developing breast cancer has not become 30-50% but risk has increased by 30-50%. If for example you had 100 women who were not taking any HRT you would expect that after 20 years 5 would have developed breast cancer. However, if you had 100 women Tell us about support who were taking oestrogen HRT you would expect that after 20 years 7 would have de- veloped breast cancer. This is an increase of 30-50% groups and To put this in its true perspective this risk increase needs to be seen alongside the benefits of oestrogen HRT. It is well known that oestrogen HRT reduces the risk of car- diovascular disease such as strokes and heart attacks. So let's compare the risks with information sessions the benefits alongside each other. in your local area. Australian Mortality Rates Current Cases After Extra Cases Estrogen HRT Deaths Breast Cancer 1130 1507 + 377 Heart Attacks 3166 1583 - 1583 Strokes 1116 558 - 558 TOTAL 5402 3648 -1764 What this table shows is that while there may be an increased risk of breast cancer there is a much larger reduction in deaths from heart attacks and strokes. Put another way, for every extra death from breast cancer there are more than 5 less deaths from heart attacks and strokes. Certainly on a risk/benefit analysis a woman is much better off taking oestrogen based HRT than not taking oestrogen based HRT. This of course has not looked at other important issues such as quality of life, which is much improved for women taking oestrogen HRT. So the next time an article suggests that oestrogen HRT is dangerous and the risks are too great, remember the figures need to be interpreted properly and the benefits need to Page 4 GyCan Calendar of Up-coming Events—continued be looked at as well. 1st Monday Women’s Group Boonah Each Month Community Centre, Boonah Hospital. 10am—12noon. This meeting is open to all local women and supported by Ipswich Women’s Health Centre. For details ph 3812 0138 2nd Monday Monthly Morning Tea Rockhampton Each Month Women’s Health Centre, 47 Cambridge Street, 11am. This is a free morning tea for women held each month. Opportunity for discus- sion, and information on groups, resources, and other agencies through central Qld. Every 2nd & 4th Women’s Group Kensington Monday Kensington Grove Community Centre, Bertrand Grove, 10—12.30 am. This meeting is open to all local women and is supported by the Ipswich Women’s Health Centre. For details phone 3812 0138. 3rd Monday Lymphoedema Support Group Maroochydore Each Month Qld Cancer Fund, Maroochydore, 11am. Phone Sandi Waddell for details on 5446 8668. Please let us know if there are any support groups 3rd Monday Lymphoedema Support Group Bundaberg Every 2nd Mth Recreation Room, Mater Hospital, 10am. Ph Heather Rutherford for de- or upcoming meetings tails on 4152 8507 for details. that may be of interest 2nd Tuesday Cancer Care Support Group Greenslopes to others. Each Month General support group at Greenslopes Hospital. Call Helen Eaves for de- tails on 3394 7111 Every 2nd & 4th Women’s Group Laidley Tuesday Mary Street Community Centre, Mary St. 9.30am—11.30am. This meeting is open to all local women and supported by Ipswich Women’s Health Centre. For details ph 5465 1889 1st and 3rd Wed Anxiety Support Group W i d e Bay Each Month Women’s Health Centre, 8 Turo Street, Torquay, 1—3pm. 2nd Wednesday Lymphoedema Support Group. Auchen- flower Each Month Rehabilitation room, 1st floor Wesley Medical Centre, 10.30am. Phone Neridah Smith 3269 7305 for de- tails. 2nd Wednesday Women Over 50—Keeping in Touch Rockhampton Each Month Women’s Health Centre, 47 Cambridge Street, . 10am—12noon. Women over 50 have been meeting at the centre for 5 years as a social group. Information sessions, social outings, guest speakers & fun times are all part of the group. Every 2nd & 4th Women’s Group Toogoolawah Volume 5 Page 5 Wednesday RSL Hall, Cairncross Street. 12.30—2.30pm. This meeting is open to all local women and supported by Ipswich Women’s Health Cen- tre. For details call 3812 0138. 3rd Thursday Lymphoedema Support Group G o l d Coast Each Month Community Room, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, 1pm. Phone Leonie Robertson 5573 7086 for details Last Thursday Women Staying on Top Gympie Each Month 10 Lawrence Street, 10am—12 noon. This group supports women ex- periencing or recovering from depression. A different topic is discussed each month. There is no need to book and no cost. 1st Friday Cancer Friendship Group I p s w i c h Each Month 9.30—11am. This is a group for cancer patients and their friends and families hat emphasises self-help. 1st Friday Lymphoedema Support Group Mackay Each Month St Rita's Function Room, Mater Hospital, 1pm. Phone Pat Roberts for details on 4951 1937 Look Good — Feel Better Workshop Locations for 2002 If you have written a Royal Women’s Hospital Mater Private Hospital 6th Floor, Education Room Ground Floor Conference Room poem about your Butterfield Street Vulture Street experience with Herston, Qld, 4006 South Brisbane, Qld, 4101 Contact: Sue Starrenburg Contact: Sally Graham -Breast Clinic gynaecological cancer Phone: (07) 36368111 Phone: 3840 1166 you would like to share (Social Work Department) with others, please send it Princess Alexandra Hospital to us. Wesley Hospital Tutorial Room Evan & Mary Auditorium Oncology/Haematology 40 Chasely Street 2nd Floor/New Hospital Auchenflower, Qld, 4006 Ipswich Road Contact: Barbara Quinn -Breast Clinic Woolloonngabba, Qld, 4103 Phone: 3232 7596 Contact: Dale Campbell -Oncology Phone: (07) 3240 2121 Queensland Cancer Fund Redcliffe Hospital 553 Gregory Terrace Conference Room Fortitude Valley, Qld, 4006 Ground Floor Contact: Teresa Graham Anzac Avenue Phone: (07) 3250 3555 Redcliffe. Qld, 4020 Contact: Amanda Smith - Oncology Phone: (07) 3883 7777 Leukaemia Foundation ESA Village Sate Manager Raymond Terrace Dorothy Maynard South Brisbane, Qld, 4101 19 Robin Parade Contact: Dean King Victoria Point, Qld, 4165 Phone: (07) 3840 3840 Phone: (07) 3207 7262 a helping hand for those in need About GCS The Gynaecological Cancer Society was established in 1997, with the object of providing direct assistance to persons suf- Gynaecological Cancer fering from gynaecological cancer and their carers, for the Society relief of their poverty, suffering, distress and misfortune. It is the policy of the Society that every dollar donated goes to 100 Kilkivan Ave help others. The Society’s infrastructure costs are financed Kenmore, Queensland by business ventures. Australia, 4069 The society is run by a small group of dedicated profession- als, including Mr John Gower (Chief Executive) and Ms Phone: (07) 3878 4790 Alyssa Carter (Project Consultant). We are a registered char- Fax: (07) 3878 8451 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ity and public benevolent institution and although the society is an independent body, we enjoy a close working relation- ship with the Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer, which is one of the largest specialist services of its kind in the world, the University of Queensland and Queensland Health. W e’re on the W eb! www.gcsau.org The Society offers a range of services in three categories: financial assistance; healthcare assistance; and education augmentation. Financial assistance is offered in the form of Want to help? grants to patients and healthcare professionals. Healthcare assistance is to be provided by direct, telephone-based, pre ♦ Cash Donation and post treatment assistance and through our Emotional ♦ In-kind Donation Support Programme. ♦ Deferred Gift All donations to the Society of $2 or more are income tax de- ♦ Bequest ductible and directly help to continue our necessary work. If you would like to discuss a deferred gift or bequest, please Talk to John Gower at the ring our Chief Executive, John Gower, on (07) 3878 4790 for Society (07) 3878 4790 personal discussions. Yes, I would like to make a positive contribution to the work of the GCS in assisting women with gynaecological cancer and their families. I understand that the Gynaecological Cancer Society has the facility to accept tax deductible donations, and I would like to donate $25 $100 $50 Other _________ Please make Cheques payable to the Gynaecological Cancer Society OR charge my: Bankcard MasterCard Visa American Express Diners Card Card number Expiry Date ……/…… Signature …………………………………………... Mr./ Mrs./ Miss/ Ms ………………………………………………………………. Address …………………………………………………………………………... Please detach this form and mail to the Gynaecological Cancer Society, 100 Kilkivan Avenue, Kenmore, Qld, 4069. Call us if you would like information on making regular donations or leaving bequests to the society. 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