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"What's so different about cancer survivorship when you're a young adult?"

When: Thursday, October 29, 2020
What Time: 07:00 PM AEDT
60 Minute(s)
Online - join via your computer, tablet or smart phone
Panel: Megan Thomas, Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly and Gabrielle Asprey
Cost: Complimentary

About the Webinar

Young adult survivors, (25-40 years), continue to experience complex issues beyond the immediate treatment phase. Workplace conversations, body image issues, gaps in peer support and long term effects from the treatment, can make it difficult to fully articulate how treatment has impacted your life. The developmental milestones that are either delayed, shadowed or challenged by cancer treatment are often not seen or understood by those around the survivor. In this webinar, we will discuss these issues and bring to light resources and strategies that can help young adult survivors to feel less isolated. We hope to normalise the conversation around struggles and successes.

About the Presenters

This discussion will be facilitated by Katie Towers, Survivorship Lead, Practical Support Unit, Cancer Council NSW and the panel will include:

Megan Thomas

 My name is Megan and I am a 28-year-old female from Sydney. I come   from a large family and live with my long-term partner of 9 years. I am  an   Accredited Exercise Physiologist and am currently working within   the Work   Cover sector, where I help people recover from workplace   injury with   exercise and behavioural change.

 I enjoy travelling to new places (when Covid19 wasn’t a thing), reading a   good book, binge watching TV shows and being social in summer with a   glass of Champagne or a Margarita. I have always been actively   involved in team sports including Netball, Soccer, Basketball and Oztag and my ankle joints love me for it.

I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in July 2019, underwent a seemingly fast paced and intensive treatment protocol and was finished with treatment by October 2019 in full metabolic remission. I am a survivor.

Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly

 Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of   Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW Medicine, University of New South   Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia. Ursula is also the Clinical Psychologist   for Sydney Youth Cancer Service, a leading team in the treatment and   clinical care of adolescents and young adults aged 15-25 years with cancer   in Sydney. Reflecting her dual clinical-research roles, Ursula focuses on   applying evidence-based psychological models and methods to   understand, and address, the mental health implications of cancer among adolescents and young adults with cancer. Her research spans the cancer trajectory, from diagnosis through to survivorship and end-of-life.

For the past 5 years, she has led a large national randomised-controlled trial of an online, group-based videoconferencing intervention to promote the psychological adaptation of adolescents and young adults who have recently finished cancer treatment, to support their adjustment to life after cancer. Ursula is currently partnering with several community-based cancer support organisations including Canteen Australia, Cancer Council New South Wales, and Country Hope, to implement this program for 15-40 year old cancer survivors in the community.

Gabrielle Asprey

 Gabrielle has been at Cancer Council NSW since 2006. Over the years she   has worked extensively with cancer survivors, including being part of the     development and implementation of the popular ENRICHing Survivorship   program. She also recently started delivering a new program developed by   the University of New South Wales called Re-claim Life, aimed at the 25-40   age group, which is designed to help participants develop resilience and   coping skills to live well after cancer.

As a Cancer Support Consultant and Counsellor, Gabrielle facilitates telephone support groups, provides counselling and reviews some of the cancer information publications. As such, she understands the multitude of issues people face whether it be the point of diagnosis and treatment, during survivorship, living with an advanced diagnosis or facing end of life. She also works with carers and people who are bereaved.

Outside of Cancer Council, Gabrielle runs her own counselling/psychotherapy practice and has a keen interest in bird watching and photography.

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