Thanks to improvements in treatment, more people are surviving cancer. For some, life returns to familiar routines while for others there are new challenges. These may include physical, emotional, financial and social concerns.
Specialist cancer recovery and rehabilitation services exist to offer care and support as you move into wellness. There are many exercise and education programs available to aid recovery.
For some people side effects may continue for some time. For others they may start a long time after treatment ends (late effects); these may require specialist care at a late effects clinic.
Learn more about life after treatment
Ask your treatment team
Most cancer treatment centres will have a rehabilitation service or can refer you to a local community service. Once active treatment ends it is worth asking your treatment team for a referral to a specialist cancer recovery or rehabilitation service.
Managing your health and wellbeing after cancer
Finding the right health care and support is important to your recovery and ongoing health and wellbeing. Support can be sought from the following health services:
- Your family doctor (GP)
- Your local health service may run programs and services including support groups and wellness programs
- Your local Integrated Cancer Service
- The treatment centre that provided your treatment
The health and wellbeing management of cancer survivors is a developing field of healthcare. New services and programs are being implemented across Victoria. Speak with your treatment team, GP or one of our experienced and understanding cancer nurses for information on what is available in your area. Call 13 11 20 or email email@example.com; to speak with a nurse in your own language call 13 14 50.
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Am I eligible?
Do I need a referral?
How much will this cost me?
Is there a wait time?
What services do you offer?
Will I be treated as an inpatient or an outpatient?
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