Telephone support groups

An older woman speaking on a phone

Telephone support groups provide a chance to connect with others over the phone, just like being in a face-to-face support group, but from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

If you, your family or friends find it difficult to travel to a support group meeting, or have more specific needs related to your cancer diagnosis or stage, you can share your thoughts and experiences with others in the same boat through a phone support group.

Each group is professionally facilitated and has three to seven members, meeting twice monthly at set times. Participation is free and available throughout Australia.

Current groups:

  • Advanced cancer
  • Brain tumour
  • Carers' group
  • Life after loss (bereavement)
  • Lung cancer
  • Myeloma
  • Pancreatic cancer.
"The group encouraged me to talk through my fears – I'd been trying not to scare my wife and kids! I don’t think I would’ve made it through such a difficult time without their support."
– Brian, 62, Lung cancer patient and Lung Cancer Telephone Support Group member

For more details, contact or call Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

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