Support services

Whether you have cancer or you know a friend, colleague or family member who does, you can call our Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20) from anywhere in Victoria to talk with one of our experienced, understanding cancer nurses.

We can provide you with reliable information and practical advice on any type or stage of cancer. We can also link you to a range of support services – including cancer survivors who've been through a similar experience – all for the cost of a local call.

You don't have to face cancer alone – we're here to help. 

In Victoria there are almost 156,000 people living with cancer.

The Victorian Cancer Registry released data on cancer prevalence for the first time in 2013. There are people living with cancer in every town, and every community of Victoria – and, importantly, support is also available in every part of the state.

People diagnosed with cancer have ongoing needs in terms of health and support services, and these needs change over time. Explore the map below to see how your community is affected, and find an example of the support that the Cancer Council is providing. Please note, only a sample of support services available in your local area is displayed. For a complete list of services available to you and your community, and tailored information, call 13 11 20.

Alpine Ararat Ballarat Bass Coast Baw Baw Buloke Campaspe Central Goldfields Colac Otway Corangamite East Gippsland Gannawarra Glenelg Golden Plains Greater Bendigo Greater Geelong Greater Shepparton Hepburn Hindmarsh Horsham Indigo Latrobe Loddon Macedon Ranges Mansfield Metropolitan Mildura Mitchell Moira Moorabool Mount Alexander Moyne Murrundindi Northern Grampians Pyrenees Queenscliffe South Gippsland Southern Grampians Strathbogie Surf Coast Swan Hill Towong Wangaratta Warrnambool Wellington West Wimmera Wodonga Yarriambiack

Victoria

Hover over the map to view various support services offered in that region.
Note :
*Prevalence is the number of people living with a past diagnosis of cancer. The 10-year prevalence measures, as reported in the map, relate to people still living on January 1, 2012, who had a cancer diagnosis registered with the Victorian Cancer Registry in the previous 10 years. Locations are based on the person’s address at time of diagnosis – not their current address.
LGA Prevalence Professional training for cancer clinicians Cancer patients connected to cancer survivors Living with Cancer community workshops Cancer Support Groups
Alpine 724 0 0 0 Alpine Valleys Breast Cancer Support Groups, Bright Cancer Support Group, Mt Beauty - Upper Kiewa Valley Cancer Support Group
Ararat 665 0 1 37 Ararat Breast Cancer Support Group, Ararat Cancer Support Group, Ararat Prostate Cancer Support Group
Ballarat 3999 82 11 24 Ballarat Breast Cancer Support Group, Ballarat Prostate Cancer Support Group, Brain Cancer Support Group Ballarat & Surrounding Districts, Breast Cancer in City and Country (BICC), Horsham Blood Cancer Information and Support Forum
Banyule 6378 40 15 84 Austin Health Cancer Support Group, Banyule Breast Cancer Support Group Forget me nots, Brain Tumour Support Group - Heidelberg, Heidelberg Prostate Support Group
Bass Coast 1708 0 3 15 Bass Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group, Cowes Cancer Support Group
Baw Baw 1794 0 3 13 Baw Baw Breast Cancer Support Group Warragul, Gippsland Cancer Support Group WIGS
Bayside 6024 0 12 25 Bayside Kingston Prostate Cancer Support Group, Myeloma Support Group - Beaumaris, When a parent has cancer
Benalla 829 0 1 0 Benalla Breast Cancer Support Group
Boroondara 8863 0 13 0 Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria (Mandarin Group), Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria English Speaking Group, Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria Support Group - Box Hill (Chinese Speaking), Myeloma Support Group - Kew
Brimbank 6216 30 21 10 Brimbank Breast Cancer Support Group
Buloke 450 0 3 0 Donald Breast Cancer Support Group
Campaspe 2003 0 3 0 Echuca Moama Breast Cancer Support Group "Wild Orchids", Kyabram Cancer Support Group
Cardinia 2321 0 9 0 Bunyip and District Cancer Support Group
Casey 7117 0 21 0 Berwick Women's Cancer Support Group, CanCare - Endeavour Hills Cancer Support Group
Central Goldfields 731 0 2 0 Maryborough Cancer Support Group
Colac Otway 1065 0 1 0 Colac & District Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group, Colac Cancer Support Group
Corangamite 960 0 0 0 Camperdown and District Cancer Support Group
Darebin 5903 0 7 0 Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia Information and Support Forum, Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia Information and Support forum, Lymphoma Information and Support Forum, Northern Ostomy Support Group
East Gippsland 2433 0 3 4 East Gippsland Cancer Support Group (Bairnsdale), Lakes Cancer Support Group, Orbost Prostate Cancer Support Group
Frankston 5734 0 13 8 Carrum Downs Cancer Support Group, Frankston and District Prostate Cancer Support Group
Gannawarra 730 0 1 0 Kerang District Health Cancer Support Group
Glen Eira 6728 20 22 29 Bentleigh/Bayside Prostate Cancer Partners Support Group, East Bentleigh Cancer Support Group, Jewish Breast Cancer Support Group
Glenelg 1069 0 0 0
Golden Plains 710 0 2 0
Greater Bendigo 4775 0 9 0 Bendigo and District Prostate Cancer Support Group, Bendigo Cancer Support Group, Bendigo Multiple Myeloma Information and Support Forum, Bendigo Young Womens Breast CSG - Japonica Women, Cassia Breast Cancer Support Group Bendigo
Greater Dandenong 5345 30 9 0 The South Eastern Breast Cancer Family Support Group
Greater Geelong 10255 34 16 9 Cancer After Care Group Geelong Inc, Geelong Drop-in Cancer Support Group, Geelong Laryngectomee/Head and Neck Cancer Support Group, Geelong Living with Cancer Support Group (previously Class of 95), GRACE The Geelong Regional program that provides Activities Caring and Education, Ocean Grove Cancer Support Group, Prostate Support Group Bellarine Peninsula, Prostate Support Group Geelong
Greater Shepparton 2700 0 3 0 Goulburn Valley Breast Cancer Support Group, Shepparton and District Prostate Support Group, Shepparton Cancer Support Group
Hepburn 821 0 1 0 Hepburn Shire Women's Cancer Support Group
Hindmarsh 375 0 0 0
Hobsons Bay 3738 0 7 0 Western Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group, Westgate Region Prostate Cancer Support Group
Horsham 982 24 0 0 Horsham and District Cancer Friendship Group, Horsham Friends Abreast
Hume 5169 0 8 0
Indigo 819 0 0 0
Kingston 7358 50 16 0 Young Women with Breast Cancer - Frankston District
Knox 6395 0 14 0 The Angliss Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group
Latrobe 3307 16 4 55 GARDS Support, Latrobe Breast Cancer Support Group, Latrobe Valley Cancer Help Group, Latrobe Valley Prostate Support Group
Loddon 506 0 0 0 Inglewood and Districts Cancer Support Group
Macedon Ranges 1901 0 3 0 Macedon Ranges Cancer Support Group
Manningham 6740 0 11 0
Mansfield 382 0 3 0 Mansfield CanCare Cancer Support Group
Maribyrnong 2390 0 4 0 Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria Footscray (Chinese Speaking)
Maroondah 5081 0 16 81 Breast Cancer Support Group, Eastern Health Breast Cancer Support Group - Keeping Abreast, GEMS - Girls Emerging Much Stronger, General Cancer Support Group, Gynaecalogical Cancer Support Group, Haematological Support Group, Pancreatic Matters, Ringwood Prostate Cancer Support Group
Melbourne 2446 101 27 48 Bone Marrow Donor Institute Inc. Leukaemia Family Support Group, Brain Tumour Support Group (Low Grade) - "Grey Matter for you", Breast Friends - Epworth/Freemasons Hospital Young Womens Breast CSG, Cervical Cancer Support Group, Daffodils Breast Cancer Support Group, Fight Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Support Group, Hastings Cancer Support Group - TRANSPORT ONLY, High Grade Brain Tumour Support and Education Group, Italian Cancer Support Group, Neuroendocrine Support Group - Unicorn Foundation Victorian Group, Ovarian Cancer Support Group, Prostate Melbourne Support Group, Supporting Blokes, Young Ostomates United Inc
Melton 2224 10 2 0 Melmarsh Prostate Cancer Support Group, Melton Cancer Support Group Inc.
Mildura 2375 0 5 0 Blood Cancer Support Group, Carers Support Group, Mallee Track Health Support and Reference Group, Merrygolds Cancer Support Group, Stomal Therapy Support Group, Sunraysia Cancer Support Group Inc, Sunraysia Prostate Support Group
Mitchell 1384 10 1 0
Moira 1641 0 1 12 Cobram Cancer Support Group, Friends in Common, Numurkah Cancer Support Group
Monash 9090 20 17 0 Brain Tumour Support Group, Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria - Springvale (Chinese Speaking Group), Waverley Prostate Support Group
Moonee Valley 5316 0 14 0 Essendon Prostate Cancer Support Group, West Cancer Support Group ( Airport West )
Moorabool 1163 0 5 0 Womens Cancer Support Group - Ballan
Moreland 6306 0 18 0 Greek Cancer Support Group
Mornington Peninsula 9201 0 9 0 Breast Intentions - Bays Hospital Support Group for Younger Women, Mornington Peninsula Breast Cancer Support Group, Mornington Peninsula Prostate Support Group, Mornington Peninsula Women's Cancer group, Myeloma Support Group - Mornington, Southern Peninsula Cancer Support Group
Mount Alexander 1052 0 3 0
Moyne 852 0 1 0
Murrindindi 795 0 5 0
Nillumbik 2686 0 4 0 Diamond Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group, The 4 Cs - Cancer Chicks Coffee Chat (The Four Cs)
Northern Grampians 692 0 9 0
Port Phillip 4028 0 9 0 Asbestos Related Cancer Support Group - Asbestoswise
Pyrenees 412 0 0 0 Avoca Breast Cancer Support Group Inc.
Borough of Queenscliffe 260 0 0 0 Geelong and Bellarine Cancer Support Group
South Gippsland 1541 0 3 0 Corner Inlet Chat Group
Southern Grampians 985 0 25 10 Hamilton Breast Cancer Support Group, Hamilton Cancer Support Group, Young Ones Support Group
Stonnington 5258 70 5 20 Gay Men's Prostate Cancer Support Group (Melbourne), Laryngectomy Association of Victoria - Support Group, Ostomy Association of Melbourne Inc
Strathbogie 654 0 3 0
Surf Coast 1168 0 3 0
Swan Hill 1049 0 1 13 Robinvale, Euston and Districts Cancer Support Group, Swan Hill Prostate Support Group, Women touched by Cancer
Towong 388 0 1 0
Wangaratta 1594 0 2 0 Community Bereavement Support-Walking with care. Bereavement activity group inc, Wangaratta-Benalla Ostomates Group, Wangaratta Cancer Support Group
Warrnambool 1531 0 0 14 Warnambool Self Help Cancer Group, Warrnambool and District Breast Cancer Support Group, Warrnambool Prostate Support Group
Wellington 2027 0 4 26 Blossoms Young Womens Breast Cancer Support Group, Waratah Breast Cancer Support Group, Yarram Cancer Support Group
West Wimmera 289 0 0 0 Kaniva Cancer Support Group
Whitehorse 8324 36 20 13 Advanced Breast Cancer Support Group - The Thursday Girls, LEAP - Young womens breast cancer support group
Whittlesea 4680 0 11 11 Northern Breast Cancer Support Group, Northern Cancer Support Group ( South Morang )
Wodonga 1513 0 0 0 Albury/Wodonga "Border Breast Friends", Brave Hearts Dragons Boat Club
Wyndham 3582 0 17 0 Werribee and Districts Cancer Support Group
Yarra 2877 0 7 49
Yarra Ranges 6602 0 13 0 Yarra Valley Ladies in Pink: women's cancer support group
Yarriambiack 530 0 0 0

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Updated: 21 Aug, 2013