Cancer Information and Support News

Tuesday 6 June, 2017

Victorian Cancer Trials Link Victorian Cancer Trials Link relaunches improved website

Clinical trials are a gold standard treatment option, yet many people find the decision of whether to participate in a clinical trial a challenging one. Of those newly diagnosed with cancer in Victoria, only 6% are recruited into clinical trials. To increase patient access to and information about clinical trials, Cancer Council Victoria has recently improved the Victorian Cancer Trials Link website.

Man on phone Introducing Trial Connect: A peer support program

The decision of whether to participate in a clinical trial can be difficult. We are introducing a new pilot program to connect people with others who ‘have been there before’. Based on the successful Cancer Connect program, Trial Connect aims to provide peer support around decisions to engage in a clinical trial.

Katherine Lane Exploring palliative care enquiries to 13 11 20

Cancer Council Victoria’s Information and Support line is staffed by experienced cancer nurses who are there to help with any questions about cancer. Around 10% of these calls relate to palliative care, prognosis, recurrence and death and dying, topics that are often difficult to deal with among family and friends.

Facing End of Life Publication profile: Facing End of Life information booklet

If you have had cancer diagnosed at a late stage, or if treatment has stopped working and remission or cure is no longer possible, you may be told that the cancer is end stage or terminal. Everyone’s reaction is unique and people cope in their own way with the news. Our information booklet designed for people facing end of life, their carers, friends and family, may help.

Louise Wilks Behind the scenes with Louise Wilks, 13 11 20 Cancer Nurse

Did you know you don’t have to have cancer to call Cancer Council Victoria on 13 11 20? We took over 10,000 calls and emails last year and many were from partners, children, friends and colleagues of people living with cancer. When you call, you can rest assured you’re not talking to a volunteer, you’re speaking with an experienced cancer nurse. Like Louise.

Daffodil Day volunteers We want you! Calling all volunteers for Daffodil Day

By volunteering this Daffodil Day, you’ll be making an incredible difference to the 31,628 Victorians diagnosed with cancer each year. Every dollar from every pin, pen, and bear sold counts and will ensure Cancer Council Victoria can continue its important work in cancer research, prevention and support.

Dates for diary What's on

Help shape Victoria's future direction to support carers and find out more about upcoming programs such as our Living With Cancer Education Program and Wellness and Life after Cancer program. Find out how you can help improve end of life decision-making.

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Living with Cancer Education Program Connecting with others

The Living with Cancer Education Program helps people make sense of cancer in a safe and informal environment. These programs facilitated by local health professionals provide an opportunity to connect with others in similar circumstances. A positive outcome from this Program has seen the start of the Wimmera Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Rochelle Serry, Cancer Connect volunteer Thank you to our volunteers

National volunteer Week (8–14 May) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. Rochelle Serry is one of our trained volunteers with the phone-based peer support program Cancer Connect and we thank her for her time and enthusiasm. Read more about why she continues to be involved with the program.

Healthy Living after Cancer Health Living after Cancer boosts health

The results of a new study suggest that people who participate in our free phone-based Healthy Living after Cancer program see positive changes to their diet and physical health. So far, we have found that participants increased their physical activity along with intake of fruits and vegetables and on average have decreased their body mass index.

What's on What's on

Help shape Victoria's future direction to support carers and find out more about upcoming programs such as our Living With Cancer Education Program and Wellness and Life after Cancer program.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Get your aprons on, open up your doors and put the kettle on - Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is back for 2017. Hosting a morning tea is a delicious and fun way to raise vital funds for Cancer Council's important work in cancer research, prevention, and support. Register now to receive your free host kit.

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New Medical Decision Making Laws New medical decision making laws webinar

The way Victorians plan for medical treatment decision making and advance care planning has now changed with introduction of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016. A free webinar on how these changes impact you and your family will be held on Tuesday 21 February, available on any computer or mobile device.

Cancer Information and Support Service How we helped in 2016

World Cancer Day on 4 February was a time to reflect how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. The Cancer Information and Support Service team work together with partners across Victoria to help support those affected by cancer

ACTIVATE Trial Keeping breast cancer survivors active

Trying to get active after completing treatment for breast cancer? The ACTIVATE Trial at Cancer Council Victoria is looking at a new way to help breast cancer survivors become more active using wearable fitness technologies. Take part in this exciting new project and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Dry July 2016 Thank you Dry July

Thank you to all Dry July participants who took the challenge in 2016 to give up alcohol for one month. It was a grand fundraising effort, and as a result, Cancer Council Victoria can embark on three projects which aim to provide support to reduce the burden of cancer.

Katherine Lane, Nurse Manager - Cancer Council 13 11 20 Q&A: Katherine Lane, Nurse Manager - Cancer Council 13 11 20

Katherine is the Nurse Manager of Cancer Council 13 11 20 and has always specialized in oncology nursing. From her years of experience in caring for cancer patients, her role now allows her to provide the emotional and practical support that was challenging to offer in a busy clinical setting.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Updated: 06 Jun, 2017