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CHOICES NEWS

The Choices newsletter is issued quarterly and includes health information, updates on breast cancer research and details about Choices programs and events.

JUNE 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Wesley Hospital Kim Walters Choices Program
 

No one is ever prepared for breast or gynaecological cancer, but at The Kim Walters Choices Program (Choices) our experience helps us support you through the emotional turmoil and difficult decision making process following your diagnosis.  We understand that everyone is different so we will work with you to select the aspects of our program that best suit you. 

We offer you, your family and your friends access to a network of professionals, volunteers and others affected by breast or gynaecological cancer - who you choose to interact with is your decision.  Our programs are offered free of charge to everyone (regardless of where you are receiving treatment) and they aim to improve the quality of your life.  

You do not need a referral, just call us on 3232 6548 to make an appointment, to find out further information about how we can help, or to share your questions and concerns with us.

We are here to support you.

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But how exactly does Choices help?

We offer a toll free hotline and a drop in facility for women, men, their families and friends to receive information, sharing, friendship and support. Choices’ inter-disciplinary team includes specialist nurses, peer support coordination, staff and volunteers with personal experiences of breast and gynaecological cancers, counselling and physiotherapy services – all who are expert in supporting families throughout their experience. This means those needing information are only a phone call or visit away from getting help from a friendly, professional team who can advise on everything from cancer treatment to wig fitting and everything in between, including: 

  • Help with making important decisions about surgery and treatment
  • Connection with breast care nurses, women’s health nurses and peer support
  • Coordination of support groups to bring together those who can share their similar personal experiences
  • The provision of complementary therapies designed to counteract stress and provide relaxation
  • Post-surgery exercise classes designed specifically to improve range of motion and strength after surgery
  • Advice about broader life-related topics including stress management, sexuality and fertility issues, survivorship, menopause, exercise and nutrition
  • Plus a diverse range of additional support services including but not limited to a rural and regional workshop program, wig and turban library, and community education presentations to schools, clubs and businesses 

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