Support

“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.

Supportive care in cancer refers to the following five domains of need:

  • physical
  • psychological
  • social
  • information
  • spiritual

Cancer Council

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 Councils, click the following link:

Cancer Council Victoria - Support Services

Breast Care Network Australia - www.bcna.org.au

Prostate Cancer Federation of Australia - www.prostate.org.au

McGrath Foundation Cancer Nurse Australia - www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au

Bowel Cancer Australia - www.bowelcanceraustralia.org

Ovarian Cancer Australia - www.ovariancancer.net.au/

Leukaemia Foundation - www.leukaemia.org.au/

The Otis Foundation - www.otisfoundation.org.au

BreaCan Navigator - BreaCan Navigator

Better Health Chanel - www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Useful numbers & links

Financial

Mortgage Relief Scheme - 1800 134 872

Utility Relief Scheme - 1800 658 521

Legal Assistance

Legal referral services - 13 11 20

Family Concerns

Commonwealth Respite Centre - 1800 059 059

Support groups

Cancer Support Groups may involve people with cancer and, sometimes, family and friends,meeting regularly to talk about common issues. They can:-

  • help people to connect with others who've been through a similar cancer journey
  • provide a forum to discuss cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • increase your knowledge about cancer
  • help people to learn to live with cancer
  • help people to enjoy life after cancer

Support groups often meet at hospitals or community venues. Some groups have a specific-cancer focus (ie breast cancer, prostate cancer etc.) while others are open to anyone affected by any type of cancer.

Click here to find a support group

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.

-     Regional Palliative Care Consortium - www.lmrpcc.org.au/