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Emotional support

What are emotional support services?

For many people, a cancer diagnosis will mean dealing with a wide range of emotions. Finding ways to manage your reactions and feelings is important to your physical and emotional wellbeing. There are a range of organisations offering professional advice and support programs for you and your family and friends.

Read more about the emotional impact of cancer

Support for you

Managing the emotional impact of cancer can be challenging. Whether you are the one diagnosed, or someone close to you, it is natural to have many different thoughts and feelings. Some feelings may pass or lessen with time, while others might last longer.

Finding the right support at the right time can make a difference, but it can be difficult to work out what you need when facing day to day challenges. Call 13 11 20 and speak with one of our cancer nurses; together you can work out the best support. You can also email them at askanurse@cancervic.org.au. To speak with a nurse through an interpreter, call 13 14 50 and ask to speak to Cancer Council.

Questions to ask about this service

When looking at a service it is important to ask questions about how the service works before you decide to engage with them. Below is a list of questions you might like to ask when enquiring about a service.

Am I eligible?

Do I need a referral?

How much will this cost me?

Is there a wait time?

What services do you offer?

 

Health professionals you might see

When you visit a service there are a range of health professionals you may see. There could also be other health professionals you see at this service that are not included below.

Counsellor

Mental health nurse

Psychiatrist

Psychologist

Social worker

 

Faith based community organisations

Many faith-based community organisations provide services, including counselling, to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family. Many organisations provide support regardless of circumstances, culture, beliefs or faith. Contact your local organisation to find out what support they offer.

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The inclusion of a service in this directory does not imply any endorsement of or association with that service by Cancer Council Victoria. It should not be considered exhaustive or taken as specific advice.

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Cancer support organisations Cancer support organisations

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Caring for someone with cancer Caring for someone with cancer

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Children with cancer Children with cancer

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Clinical trials and research Clinical trials and research

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Complementary therapies and medicines Complementary therapies and medicines

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Connecting with others Connecting with others

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Emotional support Emotional support

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End of life care End of life care

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Exercise and fitness Exercise and fitness

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Family history and cancer risk Family history and cancer risk

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Fertility Fertility

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Financial services Financial services

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Food and nutrition support Food and nutrition support

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GP services and bulk billing GP services and bulk billing

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Hair loss Hair loss

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Help at home Help at home

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Help with speech Help with speech

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Life after treatment Life after treatment

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Managing lymphoedema (swelling) Managing lymphoedema (swelling)

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Managing stomas and incontinence Managing stomas and incontinence

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Mouth and oral health Mouth and oral health

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Multicultural support services Multicultural support services

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Pain management Pain management

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Palliative care Palliative care

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Physical therapy Physical therapy

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Prosthetics and reconstruction aids Prosthetics and reconstruction aids

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Sexuality and intimacy Sexuality and intimacy

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Support for children and families affected by cancer Support for children and families affected by cancer

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Support for LGBTIQ+ communities Support for LGBTIQ+ communities

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Support for people living with a disability Support for people living with a disability

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Travelling to treatment Travelling to treatment

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Treatment centres Treatment centres

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Workplace Workplace

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