The Optimal Care Pathways describe optimal cancer care for specific cancer types. Each maps the patient journey, aiming to foster an understanding of the whole experience and its distinct components to promote quality cancer care and patient experiences. The resources identify specific steps, or critical points along the care pathway and the recommended care at each point.
The What to Expect guides are for patients to use for an outline of each stage from a cancer diagnosis to treatment as well as information on living with cancer. Each guide is specific to a cancer type and can be used to help remove the uncertainty that many patient’s experience with the following topics:
- Initial investigations and referral
- Diagnosis and staging
- After treatment
- If cancer returns
- Living with cancer
- Questions of cost
What to expect guides are located on an interactive web portal where you can download a PDF in English, Plain English or translation into seven other languages including Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Tagalog, Vietnamese.
Printed guides in English are available to order for all cancer types. In addition, bowel, breast and melanoma guides are available in Plain English and other languages. Follow the instructions on the web portal to order.
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Three fact sheets – “What Is Cancer?”, “Coping with Cancer Fatigue” and “Caring for Someone with Cancer” – are now available to download in bilingual versions in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Tamil, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
New editions now available: Understanding Cervical Cancer and Understanding Stomach and Oesophageal Cancers. Understanding Secondary Bone Cancer – an online fact sheet (available to download, not otherwise in hard copy)
John Colebatch (1909–2005) was the pioneer of paediatric chemotherapy in Australia. Thanks in part to his work, most children now survive cancer. Read this fascinating account of his life by Tim Colebatch, John’s youngest son and former editor and columnist with The Age.