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Coping with cancer after a natural disaster

Monday 17 January, 2011

When a natural disaster such as flooding occurs, people affected by cancer can face additional hardships, practical difficulties and complex emotional reactions.

Feelings of shock, disbelief, anger and despair are common and past grief related to cancer can resurface and cause further emotional pain and distress.

People affected by cancer may also be facing added grief from the emotional reactions of their own experience and that of their family, friends, and the wider community.

Information, practical advice and emotional support can help people to cope with additional difficulties they may face.

The Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 can support Victorians dealing with cancer in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Understanding Cancer Nurses staff the helpline and are specifically trained to listen and provide emotional support. They can also provide information and link people to a wide range of support services.

We understand that people's needs and emotional reactions to their specific experience will vary widely; our cancer nurses can individualise support to address caller's needs and concerns.

Call 13 11 20 to speak to a cancer nurse Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm (cost of a local call).