Hello @Minkyuu and welcome!
Thank you for sharing your story so far with us!
I worked in San Francisco for a long time, it's one of my favourite cities and I am rather partial to the Giants ⚾ I am glad you've been able to find accommodation for your treatment, that must have been a relief to you.
I know your treatment has already started, how have you been finding it?
We have a great podcast you may like to listen to on managing fear.
Hoping all is going well,
Online Community Manager
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The following are FAQ's that have been put together by Cancer Council relating to COVID-19 and medicines.
I’m worried that I’m going to run out of medicine, what do I do?
The Australian Government has introduced measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure appropriate purchasing of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. This includes enabling people to have up to one-months supply of their usual prescription. Pharmacies are classified as essential services and are likely to remain open to enable people to fill usual prescriptions. If you have cancer, friends or family may be able to fill your prescriptions for you to avoid unnecessary exposure to public places.
The Home Medicines Program enables people who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, show symptoms of COVID-19 or people who are immunocompromised, including cancer patients, to order Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescription medicines online and have them delivered.
I’m worried that the medicine I am using wont be available, what do I do?
Medicines Australia, which represents the pharmaceutical industry, has notified the public that it doesn’t anticipate shortages of medicines as a result of COVID-19 and that there is no need to stock up with more than your usual supply of medicines.
However, as you may be required to quarantine or self-isolate, you might benefit from ensuring you have access to your medicines to ensure your ongoing treatment and side effect management is not disrupted if in isolation.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration publishes disruptions to the supply of medicines on their website, and if a particular medicine is unavailable, the Therapeutic Goods Administration approves a substitute product for doctors to continue to appropriately treat patients during the shortage period.
If you are concerned about ongoing access to cancer treatment or medicines for the management of side effects you should speak to your doctor or local pharmacist, or call Cancer Council 13 11 20 for guidance.
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You are invited...
For many men, urinary side effects after prostate cancer treatment can be challenging.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia are hosting their next webcast (this is the same as a webinar), on Wednesday May 6th from 7-8pm AEST.
The webcast will explain the causes of urinary issues and examine a range of treatments to help overcome common side effects such as leaking and difficulty emptying.
They’ll share the wisdom gained from working one-on-one with Australian men and discuss emerging prospects for helping to overcome incontinence. SBS journalist Ricardo Goncalves will take questions from the online audience, delivering an insightful conversation geared to give men practical solutions.
Some of the topics to be covered are:
Common side effects and causes
Strategies for overcoming discomfort
Managing leaks and choosing the right treatment for you
Seeking support and affording access to care
Knowing who to go to and where to turn
This webcast is free, register your interest here.
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Here at Cancer Council, we're looking at putting together a video or even a series of videos, that show how people are using our programs and services such as our Online Community, despite everything else that is happening in the world around us. How we're finding ways to reach out, share stories, seek support and keep each other going. In doing so, we'll be able to support even more people.
What we'd love to see is some photos or even videos, of you using the Cancer Council Online Community. You don’t need to say anything, it can even be silent like in this video as it will be set to music. However, if you're feeling up to it, we'd love to hear you speak about how you found us and what it has meant for you to be able to chat here with others.
Maybe ask a family member to take a photo or record you, or you may like to take a selfie! If you're not comfortable showing your face, have them take it from behind, looking over your shoulder.
Here are some tips to taking a great photo or video:
Wear solid colours or prints.
The best light can be found near big windows or other softly glowing sources.
Choose a backdrop that isn't too busy, but still has some texture to it.
If you need to be near a wall, consider one that isn't plain white and don't stand too close to it.
What's the best way to send my video or photo?
If you've got a photo, you can upload them here in this post and share them.
Or use www.WeTransfer.com, to send us your files - use our email address: email@example.com and just follow the prompts, it's that easy. This way there's no issue with sending large files.
If you're happy to share a video, a good length is 30-60 seconds.
We can't wait to see what you create!
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I hope you have had a great Easter break 🐣
@Budgie - how goes the recovery? Hopefully not too much pain!! And how's your husband doing?
@Lampwork54 - we don't have any masks I am sorry, have you tried your local chemist? Or if you're handy with a sewing machine, perhaps look at making some?
@Sarah11 - welcome!! How are you doing juggling the kids being home and your treatment? I've got 8 and 4 year-olds, that are home, but thankfully my husband is on leave so he is fielding them whilst the school holidays are on.
@sch - how are things on your end? Most importantly, how is your wife doing with COVID? I do hope she is feeling better this week, and that yourself and the kids are well.
@kj - woohoo, so glad to hear of your scan results!!! 😊
@Lindsay - sorry to read that you've been unwell lately! ☹️
Stay safe out there everyone and don't be a stranger 💕
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.