How we helped in 2018

Monday 29 April, 2019

We offer a range of free services to help improve the quality of life for all Victorian’s affected by cancer through reliable information, practical and emotional support. Health professionals also access our services, supplementing the care they provide to their patients. We are proud of what we do, and we would like to share a few of our achievements in 2018.

Our experienced oncology nurses are available to speak with anyone affected by cancer and the care provided is complementary to the information received from the health care team. In 2018, our nurses responded to 11,060 calls and emails, tailoring the information and support provided to individual circumstances.

In 2018 we worked with 43 cancer trial sites to collect the most thorough cancer clinical trial data in Victoria. Searchable trial information is available for both patients and health professionals through the online Victorian Cancer Trials Link platform or App for mobile devices.

The Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer was released in 2018. Developed in partnership with Cancer Australia and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, this guide focuses on aspects to facilitate the delivery of culturally safe and competent cancer care.

Investing in research breakthroughs aids improved future cancer outcomes. In 2018 we funded 11 research grants for projects in universities hospitals and medical research institutes through the Grants-in-Aid program, 6 Postdoctoral Fellowships including 2 focused on low survival cancers and 17 summer vacation studentships.

Providing ways for people to engage with peer support helps reduce the sense of isolation often experienced by patients. In 2018, we recognised 115 Cancer Support Groups across Victoria, connected 470 people with trained volunteers who have ‘been there before’ and helped facilitate education programs attended by 620 Victorians going through treatment or living with cancer.

To find out more about how we can help you to support your patients, call our oncology nurses on 13 11 20 or email

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2019 Key Achievements 2018

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