People affected by cancer

The Cancer Council of Victoria has an excellent website which deals with a large range of issues which are important to those affected by cancer

What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease of the body's cells. Our bodies are always making new cells to heal or replace damaged cells.

Normally, cells grow and multiply in an orderly way. However, changed genes can cause them to behave abnormally. They may grow into a lump. These lumps can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

Benign lumps do not spread to other parts of the body.

A malignant lump (more commonly called a malignant tumour) is made up of cancer cells. When it first develops, this malignant tumour is confined to its original site. If these cells are not treated they may spread into surrounding tissue and to other parts of the body.

Cancer types & facts                                     

The website for Cancer Council Victoria lists information about 40 types of cancer which is produced by groups of cancer specialists, nurses and people affected by cancer and reviewed by members of the Victorian Cooperative Oncology Group (VCOG)

Read more about Cancer types & facts


In Victoria, supportive care refers to meeting the five areas of need: physical, psychosocial, social, information and spiritual. 

Read more information about support

Consumer participation network

A consumer participant is a person who has experienced cancer, cancer services or just has an interest in being involved. This could mean that you have or have had cancer that you are a family member, or carer. It could also mean that you are a community member who would like to be involved in decision making about your healthcare and the healthcare of your community.

Read more about the consumer participation network

LMICS consumer participation policy and procedure

Download our Consumer participation policy and procedure       

Consumer participation toolkit 

Download the consumer participation toolkit                            


In cancer, survivorship focuses on the health and life of a person with cancer post treatment

Read more about suvivorship                                                                                            

Palliative care

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.

Loddon Mallee Regional Palliative Care Consortium calendar is a link to site

Accommodation, transport & financial assistance

A cancer diagnosis has a significant impact on many aspects of a person’s life. When you are diagnosed, you will have to make several decisions, such as what treatment to have and where your treatment will be. You’ll also have to consider practical matters such as where you will stay if you need to travel for treatment, how you will get there and if the cancer will affect your employment and finances.

Read more about accommodation, transport & financial assistance

Cancer information in your language

Do you speak a language other than English? Do you have questions about cancer?

Read more Cancer information in your language