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Cancer Council NSW

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Cancer Council NSW offers information and support to all people affected by cancer.

  • Cancer Council Liaisons The Cancer Council Liaison helps cancer patients and carers navigate the below range of cancer information resources and support services. The Liaison ensures that both patients and carers have access to relevant supportive care information and services, in the right place, at the right time. Contact:  Blacktown’s Cancer Council Liaison for support on 0447 237 798.

Practical Support

  • Legal, Financial Planning, Workplace and Small Business Referral Services: Linking eligible people affected by cancer with volunteer professionals for free legal, financial planning, workplace and small business assistance, e.g. drawing up a will, accessing superannuation and insurance, debt management.
  • Financial Assistance and Home Help: $350 assistance to eligible people for everyday essentials such as unpaid utility bills to help manage their immediate financial crisis, and $350 towards cleaning, housekeeping and/or gardening.
  • Financial Counselling: Professional financial counsellors employed by Cancer Council who provide information, support and education to people affected by cancer about budgeting, managing debt and other financial issues.
  • Survivorship: Providing survivors with online webinars, face to face and telephone education on nutrition and exercise, and practical information about adjusting to life following cancer treatment. Designed to help survivors, carers and family members live well.
  • Cancer Council Information Services: Information Services within hospitals and treatment centres providing cancer related information, referrals to appropriate services and face-to-face emotional support.
  • Transport to Treatment: Providing transport to and from treatment centres, ensuring that people affected by cancer are able to attend their treatment sessions and follow up appointments.
  • Accommodation: Low-cost and reduced rate accommodation services for patients and their carers.

Emotional Support

  • 13 11 20 Information and Support service: Health professionals who provide free and confidential information and support, and offer referral pathways for emotional and practical assistance.
  • Cancer Council Online Community: An online community where people affected by cancer and their carers, family and friends can give and receive peer support, available 24/7 at www.cancercouncil.com.au/OC
  • Cancer Connect: Emotional support to people affected by cancer through matched connections with a person who has recovered from a similar cancer experience.
  • Cancer Support Group Leader Program: Face-to face support groups with people in a similar situation, coming together to share information and experiences.
  • Counselling Program: Linking people affected by cancer with a professional counsellor or psychologist experienced in cancer issues, to reduce anxiety and distress associated with the impacts of cancer.
  • Telephone Support Groups: Phone based peer-to-peer support groups providing emotional support to people affected by life limiting cancers, their carers and people who are bereaved.

Cancer Information

  • Understanding Cancer Booklets and online Fact Sheets: Easy to understand, evidence-based information about individual types of cancer and different treatment types, as well as a range of emotional and practical issues. Also available as PDFs and ebooks to download from www.cancercouncil.com.au.
  • Information Podcasts: The Thing About Cancer podcasts provide information and insights about issues faced by people affected by a diagnosis of early-stage cancer. Topics include coping with a cancer diagnosis, managing fatigue, and how cancer affects carers. The Thing About Advanced Cancer podcast is specifically for people who have a diagnosis of advanced cancer and their carers and families. Episodes explore what advanced is, finding hope and purpose, caring for someone with advanced cancer, and managing symptoms. Listen at www.cancercouncil.com.au/podcasts or download to a smartphone or tablet using a podcasting app to listen to anywhere, anytime.
  • Webinars: Helpful topics for patients and carers to listen to, such as how to help someone with cancer, carer topics, managing pain, and talking to children about cancer.
Talk to your treatment centre’s Cancer Council Liaison, call 13 11 20 or visit cancercouncil.com.au for more information on any of the above.

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