The Cessnock Advertiser's Letters to the Editor: May 19, 2021

Letters to the Editor: May 19

This year in NSW, more than 50,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer.

A diagnosis is often stressful, and the person may experience a series of changes and losses, such as the loss of good health, temporary or permanent changes to appearance, not being able to work or do normal activities, changed financial plans, a loss of independence, changed relationships, and perhaps a shift in how the person sees themselves.

It can take time to adjust to these changes.

Cancer Council's Cancer Information and Support Services offer a range of support options and practical suggestions, including podcasts, to help people deal with the shock of cancer.

With World Meditation Day taking place on Friday, May 21, I would like to share our new podcast series Finding Calm During Cancer. The meditation and relaxation podcast series, narrated by psychologist Dr Lisbeth Lane, highlights the role of mindfulness in reducing stress and anxiety during cancer treatment.

Recent research from Cancer Council and the University of Newcastle shows that many people diagnosed with cancer experience a high level of distress. It is important for everyone to explore ways to manage emotional distress and seek professional support if it is ongoing.

To listen to our Finding Calm During Cancer podcast, visit: or download it to your smartphone or iPad via Apple Podcasts or another podcast app so you can listen anywhere, anytime.

If you are affected by a cancer diagnosis and would like to talk to someone, call Cancer Council 13 11 20. Our experienced health professionals can offer information and support and can link you to services near you.

Elizabeth Humphries, Manager, Cancer Information, Cancer Council NSW

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