The Cancer Council Victoria website has had a refresh with a new design to ensure improved navigation to information and support services. Whether using a mobile device, tablet or desktop, the design allows for a greater user experience with content that is easily accessible.
A cancer diagnosis changes lives. It can be difficult to make sense of what the cancer means and how to find answers or solutions to the many concerns that arise. Our Cancer Information and Support Service team is here to assist people affected by cancer receive the support they need.
Frivolity and fun with friends and family is most commonly associated with the festive season, but for those affected by cancer this time of year can be difficult. Our online community forum is available 24/7 and is moderated and community managed by qualified health professionals.
With the holiday season fast approaching, your patients and their families may be concerned about how to manage festivities. Our Special Occasions and Celebrations fact sheet offers useful tips and ideas so they can make the most of this time of year.
The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on 28-30 June 2018 in Vienna. Join leading experts and colleagues from around the globe at this innovative forum dedicated to the latest developments in the field of supportive care in cancer. Early abstract submission deadline: 31 December 2017.
Thank you to our partners across all regions in Victoria who help us support patients and improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer. In working together to deliver high quality supportive care programs, this year has seen improved engagement from patients, families and friends with support services. We look forward to continuing these partnerships in 2018 and wish you all the best for the holiday season.
Head of Cancer Information and Support Service
Clinician referral to cancer information and support services can influence patient uptake and enhance ability to initiate self-care and maintain quality of life. A recent study using a prescription pad style of routine referral to cancer information and support services showed a positive impact on patientsâ€™ behaviour to seek support. This demonstrates how Cancer Councils can be used as an adjunct to supportive care provided in the clinical setting.
Cancer Council Victoria has released a new edition of the Cancer Services guide. This is a functional resource for your patients and families to find the right support throughout their trajectory of care. From diagnosis to life after cancer, the guide can be used as a continuous point of reference when needs change over time.
National Carers Week (15-21 October) acknowledges the unpaid care provided by family and friends. This valuable role can often be isolating when the person is balancing the demands of being a carer with everyday life. Connect your carers with Family Connect to speak to someone who knows what this is like.
Family members and friends play an important support role after a cancer diagnosis. It is natural for them to have a range of feelings as the experience can be both challenging and rewarding. Our booklet Caring for Someone with Cancer can help people manage their own needs whilst providing the best care.
Cancer Council Victoria has launched an ambitious new campaign to lift bowel cancer screening rates in Victoria. We are calling on all health professionals to lend their voice by encouraging their patients to do the test when it arrives at their home as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.