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More Blood Cancer Support Available for Townsville and Mackay Residents

Monday, 25 August 2014 


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The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland has welcomed a new staff member in Townsville, expanding the range of support available to northern Queensland blood cancer patients and their families.

Karen Szymanski started earlier this month as Townsville’s Support Services Coordinator. A Townsville local, she has a background in social work, with extensive experience working with cancer patients and their families.

‘While we can reach virtually anyone in the state via phone calls, videos, and webinars, it’s important to have a physical presence in Townsville so people can also access face-to-face contact,’ said Ms Szymanski.

‘We want to improve the access that north Queenslanders have to our services, and the Townsville office will help with that.’

Ms Szymanski says her aim is to provide support to anyone who has been affected by a blood cancer or disorder, in a way that suits them—whether that’s at the hospital, at their home, or in the Foundation’s Douglas office.

She intends to expand the Support Services offered in the Townsville and Mackay regions, with plans already in motion to offer yoga/stretch classes and a carers walking group.

Other Support Services include financial and emotional counselling, workshops, disease information, accommodation, grief services, and help with practical matters like Centrelink applications.

There is also a range of online material available, such as videos, webinars, and downloadable brochures and booklets.

Ms Szymanski will begin visiting patients in treatment centres throughout northern Queensland shortly.

The Townsville office also intends to offer information sessions about different types of blood cancers, including presentations from doctors and health professionals.

The Foundation supports patients, carers, and families who have been affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other related blood disorders. It works closely with social workers and haematologists at Queensland hospitals in order to make patient access easier.


About the Leukaemia Foundation
The Leukaemia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that does not receive any ongoing government funding and relies on the support of individuals, sponsors and business partners to provide vital care for patients and families. The Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and blood related disorders.



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