Cancer Information and Support News

Thursday 15 December, 2016

Cancer information and support over the holiday season Supporting people over the holiday season

This holiday season, our 13 11 20 staff are just a phone call away for people affected by cancer. If you’re feeling mixed emotions about celebrating or don’t feel like celebrating, call 13 11 20 for practical tips and support to help you manage this time of year.

Special occasions and celebrations with cancer Publication profile: Special Occasions and Celebrations fact sheet

Need practical tips to help you get through the holiday season? Our new Special Occasions and Celebrations fact sheet provides suggestions and support to help people affected by cancer manage expectations and look after themselves.

Rosie Watson, Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurse Q&A: Rosie Watson, Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurse

Rosie is a nurse with more than 20 years experience providing clinical care to cancer patients. Her work in private practice as a nurse consultant supports men with prostate, bladder and kidney cancer. This complements her role at Cancer Council 13 11 20 where she delivers reliable information and empathic support to Victorians affected by cancer.

Car parking still a burden for Victorian cancer patients Car parking still a burden for Victorian cancer patients

Parking has been recognised as an ongoing problem for many people when undergoing cancer treatment. We recently conducted an audit on website information provided by 21 health organisations with fee-paying parking. Interestingly, all offered online content about parking and public transport, but only 24% of hospitals provided adequate information about availability, concessions and costs.

Celebrating our support volunteers Celebrating our support volunteers

Every year, hundreds of people volunteer their time to provide peer support to people affected by cancer. On Saturday 26 November, Cancer Council acknowledged the dedication and support of Cancer Connect volunteers and Cancer Support Group Leaders at an end-of-year event.

CEO award winner Evie Nicolaou with Todd Harper Thank you

On behalf of the Cancer Information and Support Service unit, thank you to everyone who has enabled us to provide support for people facing cancer. We appreciate the passionate volunteers who offer their time in this endeavour, and this year, Evie Nicolaou received a CEO Award in recognition of her contribution.

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Free webinar for people supporting someone with cancer Showing carers how much they count

National Carers Week is 16–22 October. With an estimated 130,470 new cases of cancer diagnosed nationally this year, many Australians are looking after someone with cancer. On Tuesday 18 October, join our special support webinar to talk about ways family and friends can manage their own wellbeing, while supporting someone with cancer.

Caring for someone with cancer Resource profile: Caring for Someone with Cancer

Family and friends often play an important support role after a cancer diagnosis. The experience of looking after someone with cancer can be both challenging and rewarding, and it is natural to experience a range of feelings. Our booklet Caring for someone with cancer can help family and friends manage their own needs whilst providing the best care to the person with cancer.

Stephanie Fan, Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurse Q&A: Stephanie Fan, Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurse

Stephanie is a nurse with more than 8 years experience providing clinical care to cancer patients. She divides her time between this role at Epworth Eastern with her work at Cancer Council 13 11 20 where she delivers reliable information and compassionate support to the community.

Intimacy Counselling Intimacy after cancer

Did you know Cancer Council offers free, confidential phone counselling from a medical practitioner to help people manage changes to body image, confidence and intimate relationships after cancer? These sessions are open to men, women and partners of someone with cancer and can be accessed from the privacy of home, anywhere in Victoria.

Pink Ribbon Day Volunteers Volunteer for Pink Ribbon Day

Pink Ribbon Day is officially Monday 24 October but we'll be taking to the streets on Friday 21 October and we need your help! Every day in Australia, around 50 women are told they have breast or a gynaecological cancer. Volunteer to sell merchandise at one of our stalls and help raise valuable funds so Cancer Council Victoria can continue to fight women's cancers through research, prevention programs and support services.

Dates for the diary Dates for the diary

Find out more about our upcoming cancer support events, help shape our Clinical Trials website and members of the community needed to talk about their experience of parenting with cancer.

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Healthy living after cancer Healthy living after cancer: Linnet’s story

Cancer survivor Linnet knew she wanted to improve her lifestyle after treatment yet was finding it difficult to do on her own. Hear how our free Healthy Living after Cancer program motivated Linnet to make simple adjustments to her lifestyle from her home in regional Victoria.

Holiday Break Program Help cancer patients take a break

A diagnosis of cancer often brings emotional and financial strain for patients and their families. It’s a time when a holiday is needed most, yet it can be the hardest time to afford a break away. Our Holiday Break Program can help and right now, we need more property donations to meet demand.

Mary Antonello Q&A: Mary Antonello, Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurse

Mary has cared for many patients undergoing chemotherapy and palliative care treatments over her 40 years in cancer nursing. She offers an understanding voice to 13 11 20 callers, helping them understand what to expect from a cancer experience, and guiding people to practical and emotional support services when needed.

On the Road to Recovery bilingual cancer information Publication profile: On the Road to Recovery

Arabic, Italian and Vietnamese cancer survivors and their carers can now access tailored cancer information with the launch of 'On the Road to Recovery' in three new languages. These free bilingual resources are now available online and in print for patients, doctors and health professionals.

Cancer Council's Daffodil Day turns 30! Daffodil Day turns 30!

Daffodil Day is one of Australia’s most well-known and longest running charity events, raising funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. This year you can help celebrate its 30th anniversary by volunteering on Friday August 26, buying and wearing a daffodil pin or dedicating a virtual daffodil for someone you know affected by cancer.

Look Good...Feel Better Dates for the diary

Find out more about upcoming, free cancer support events - Living with cancer, Wellness and life after cancer and an online webinar – “Someone I know survived cancer: How do I help once treatment is finished?”

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Palliative care is holistic care Palliative care: living well with cancer

Many people fear hearing the words 'palliative care'. It is often perceived to mean that the end-of-life is near. Yet, not everyone referred to palliative care stops curative treatment or faces end-of-life in the near future. In fact, timely access can improve quality-of-life and help some people live well within the constraints of their illness for a longer period of time.

Telephone Support Groups New support groups for lesbian, gay and bisexual people

People often look to support groups for encouragement, optimism, inspiration and hope. Our phone support groups for lesbian, gay and bisexual people offer a safe space to discuss living with cancer with others who can relate.

Pro bono professional advice Returning to work after a cancer diagnosis

Returning to work after a cancer diagnosis can raise many questions for patients and carers. You may wonder if you have to tell your employer about your diagnosis or have questions about your entitlements. Alternatively, you may need assistance with transitioning back into the workforce. Our pro bono workplace advisory service can help.

Robyn Tucker, Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurse Q&A: Robyn Tucker, Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurse

Robyn has 20 years of expertise in palliative care. Combining her roles as a palliative care nurse and a 13 11 20 nurse enables her to offer an experienced and compassionate voice to callers looking to understand what to expect from palliative care.

Advanced cancer collection Resource profile: Advanced cancer collection

It may be confronting for people with cancer when treatment is no longer working, as well as being an emotional time for you and your family. Our collection of booklets outlines what can happen emotionally and physically during this time and provides information about practical support and how to access services.

Look Good...Feel Better Dates for the diary

Would you like to face cancer with confidence? Attend a free Look Good Feel Better workshop at Cancer Council Victoria, 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne on Wednesday July 13, 10am - 12.30pm.

Dry July 2016 Be a Dry Hero!

Are you ready for a challenge and want to help raise funds for Cancer Council Victoria? Sign up for Dry July. This is our first year as a beneficiary so get on board and help support our work.

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Advance Care Planning Discussing Death and Dying – Advance Care Planning

Thursday 19 May, 5:30-7:00pm, The Wheeler Centre
Come and join the conversation with our expert panellist to better understand how advance care planning can support better decision-making at the end of life. Advance care planning is the process of thinking and talking about what kind of medical care and treatments you might, or might not want, if you become unable to make or communicate your own decisions.

Family Connect - Peer Support for Carers Providing peer support to carers

Caring for someone with cancer may come with a range of feelings about the role and responsibilities. Many feel as if they are on an emotional roller-coaster when balancing caring with work, family or study. Others may feel alone. Cancer Council Victoria offers support to carers through our Family Connect program.

Look Good...Feel Better Sign up for a Look Good…Feel Better workshop

In 2016, Cancer Council Victoria is again offering free “Look Good…Feel Better” workshops at our St Kilda Road premises. In a relaxed and friendly environment you will learn how to manage the appearance-related side-effects of cancer treatment.

Erin Tidball, Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurse Q&A: Erin Tidball, Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurse

Erin has years of expertise in working with teenagers. Combining her roles as a school nurse and a 13 11 20 nurse, offers her a unique perspective on the needs of our youth.

Cancer and your finances Resource profile: Cancer and Your Finances

Those affected by cancer often face financial stress – not only from the extra expenses associated with treatment, but also the income lost from taking time off work. This financial stress adds to the worry of being diagnosed with cancer and can sometimes feel overwhelming. Cancer Council Victoria can help.

 KJ menu labelling laws Healthy appetite for new KJ menu labelling laws

Cancer Council Victoria welcomes the announcement of new mandatory kilojoule labelling laws by the Victorian Government. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing certain types of cancer, and with nearly two-thirds of the Victorian population either overweight or obese, making healthier choices will now be easier than ever thanks to mandatory kilojoule labelling at fast food outlets and supermarkets.

Dates for the diary Dates for the diary

Find out more about our upcoming events, Discussing death and dying – Advance Care Planning, Brain Cancer Action Week - Community Awareness and Information Forum during and Australia's Biggest Morning Tea!

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Parking New report finds parking adds to patient burden

Many people affected by cancer tell us that parking at treatment centres is an ongoing problem. The number and frequency of appointments can result in financial strain and accessing information about parking options and costs can be difficult. Cancer Council Victoria undertook a study of parking at Victorian cancer treatment centres between March and May 2015, and we’re interested in your thoughts on our recommendations. Read more

Carers Resource profile: updated Carers Kit

National Carers Week was held in October to recognise and celebrate the people who care. Those caring for someone with cancer play an important role in that individual’s experience with the illness, however, many carers neglect their own practical and emotional needs. Cancer Council Victoria has just released an updated edition of our resource kit developed especially for carers. The Carers Kit aims to help people look after themselves effectively, so they can do the same for others. Read more

Tarnya Hotchkin, Cancer Council nurse Q&A: Tarnya Hotchkin, Cancer Council nurse

The inaugural Australasian Youth Cancer Summit is coming up in December; Cancer Council Australia is proud to be a supporting partner. Tarnya is a Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurse with years of expertise in working with teenagers and young adults with cancer, and she’s passionate about meeting their unique needs. Read more

Cancer Support Groups Program profile: Cancer Support Groups

Many research studies have shown that group support can improve quality of life by reducing feelings of isolation, stress and anxiety in people affected by cancer. It can also improve two-way communication between patients and health care teams. Across the state, Cancer Council Victoria recognises over 120 community-led groups for people affected by cancer. Read more

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Opportunities for professionals to assist people affected by cancer

A cancer diagnosis can have a profound impact on your employment, financial situation and can necessitate legal assistance. Cancer Council connects eligible individuals with free financial, workplace and legal advice and assistance through our Pro bono support programs. We're looking for Victorian professionals willing to donate some time and expertise to help us deliver this valuable service.

New resource: nutrition, exercise and cancer New resource: nutrition, exercise and cancer

Navigating the maze of messages about healthy eating and exercise habits can be tricky. If you’ve completed treatment for cancer, it’s important that you can identify reliable information on nutrition and exercise, and connect with health professionals who can give advice suited to your needs. A recording of last month’s Cancer Council Victoria webinar, ‘Nutrition and exercise after cancer’ is now available online.

Clem Byard, Cancer Council Victoria nurse Q&A: Clem Byard, Cancer Council Victoria nurse

Clem is one of the newest cancer nurses to join the team at the Cancer Council 13 11 20 information and support line.

Publication profile: Cancer in the School Community Publication profile: Cancer in the School Community

Cancer Council Victoria has a suite of over 70 booklets, factsheets and DVDs that provides reliable information about different cancers, treatments and support. The content in these resources is regularly reviewed by clinicians and people affected by cancer. Our most recently updated publication is Cancer in the School Community, developed for schools that are supporting students, families or staff affected by a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer support resource for Aboriginal Victorians Havin’ a Yarn: new cancer support resource for Aboriginal Victorians

Cancer Council Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) have produced a video featuring local community members talking about their experiences of cancer, as part of our Havin’ a Yarn collaboration. This new resource joins a suite of factsheets and publications, and highlights the wisdom and strengths that these people bring to challenging situations. Please note this video contains footage of someone who has died.

Updated: 15 Dec, 2016