Supporting people over the holiday season

Thursday 15 December, 2016 Cancer Council 13 11 20 nurses

Katherine Lane, Nurse Manager at Cancer Council Victoria, said her team of cancer health professionals regularly receives phone calls from people concerned about how they will manage special occasions such as an upcoming holiday season.

"Celebrations can be challenging for people affected by cancer," Katherine said.

"Some people are worried that their feelings and emotions may dampen the occasion for others, or that they cannot manage the usual festivities. Side effects from treatment, such as nausea, fatigue and pain, can also make it difficult to enjoy the usual activities.

"Finding new ways to celebrate and seek individualised support can help people living with cancer make the most of the holiday season," Katherine said.

Feelings of sadness and loneliness often feel stronger at this time for those who have lost someone to cancer. Speaking with someone understanding can help people feel less isolated.

The team at Cancer Council Victoria encourages anyone needing practical tips, reliable information and support over the holiday season to call Cancer Council 13 11 20 and speak to one of our experienced and understanding cancer health professionals. All calls are confidential and support is just a phone call away, regardless of where you live across the state. For other languages, call 13 14 50.

13 11 20 hours over the holiday season

Monday 26 December: Closed
Tuesday 27 December: Closed
Wednesday 28 January: 9am - 3pm
Thursday 29 December: 9am - 3pm
Friday 30 January:  9am - 3pm
Monday 2 January: Closed

Our voicemail service will operate on the days we are closed. Callers can leave their name and phone number and a Cancer Council health professional will return your call on the next working day.

Other support services available: 
Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 hour service)
Grief Line 9596 7799 (12pm - 3am)
Cancer Council Online Community   
Carers Victoria 1800 052 222
Your local GP

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Updated: 15 Dec, 2016