Everyone is different and reacts in their own way and it’s vital to find what works for you. You may seek support from friends, family or your usual doctor, or you may just want to process this by yourself.
If you cannot talk to someone close to you or would like to talk to someone other than close relatives or friends, you might consider calling our 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line and talking to a cancer nurse, counsellor, engaging with a support group or peer supporter.
- Cancer support groups – vary in their purpose, scope, activities and membership. Call our 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line for further information about support groups.
- Cancer Connect – is a peer support program that aims to link you with a trained volunteer who has experienced a similar cancer or has cared for someone with cancer. Speaking to someone who has had a similar experience to you may be helpful.
- Cancer Council Online Community – is an online community coordinated by Cancer Council NSW, which provides community information, forums and support for people who are affected by cancer Australia wide. You may find others who share a similar cancer journey to yours.
Resources and information available
- Emotions and cancer booklet– is designed as a guide for people with cancer, their families and friends. It provides practical tips about how to talk to others about your diagnosis, your treatment and how you’re feeling. You’ll find some suggestions for working together to adjust to these challenges. The booklet can be downloaded vis our publications page or you can request a copy from one of our cancer nurses by calling our 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line.
- Caring for someone with cancer – cancer affects family and friends, as well as the person with cancer. Everyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis can experience grief in different ways throughout the cancer journey. It is important for those caring to talk about their feelings as well. This resource is designed to assist you in helping to care for someone with cancer.
- “Finding Calm During Cancer” and ” The Thing about Cancer” are helpful podcasts to listen to.
- Life now Meditation and Relaxation CD – COMING SOON
Our 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line
Calling our 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line connects you to our cancer nurses who provide confidential, accurate information and support on any cancer-related concerns.
We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, except on public holidays (when we are closed).
If you are calling outside of business hours, you can leave a message and we will call you back the next business day.
Cancer Council WA also have many services that support emotional wellbeing and can link you to other services available in Western Australia.