“Support” can refer to any services required by those affected by cancer, including self-help and support, information, psychological support, symptom control, social support, rehabilitation, spiritual support, palliative care and bereavement care. LMICS has developed an interactive map where you can locate many supportive care services in your local area. Go to the Regional Map and Loddon Mallee Directory
Supportive care in cancer refers to the following five domains of need:
Whether you have cancer or you know a friend, colleague or family member who does, you can call the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 to talk with one of their experienced, understanding cancer nurses. For further information on the Victorian Cancer Council, click the following link:
Cancer Support Groups may involve people with cancer and, sometimes, family and friends, meeting regularly to talk about common issues. They can:
Support groups often meet at hospitals or community venues. Some groups have a specific-cancer focus (i.e. breast cancer, prostate cancer etc.) while other are open to any affected by any type of cancer.
For further information on the Victorian Cancer Councils, click the following link:
Palliative care is care provided to people of all ages who have a life limiting illness, with little or no prospect of cure, and for whom the primary treatment goal is quality of life. You can discuss this with your specialist or GP or find out more about what is available in your local area by going to the Regional Palliative Care Consortium
Advanced Care Planning
Advance Care Planning promotes care that is consistent with a person’s goals, values, beliefs and preferences. It prepares the person and other to plan for future health care, for a time when the person may no longer be able to communicate those decision themselves.