There’s lots of things that you can’t talk about with your family, so it’s nice to be able to talk to someone rather than burden your family. They’ve got enough to try and deal with.
You’re Not Alone – 13 11 20 Cancer Support Line
Through bushfires, the pandemic and the heartbreaking floods of 2022, regional Victorians have constantly shown resilience throughout adversity.
Yet for those affected by cancer, the past few years have been particularly challenging. With regional services already stretched, some people did not get enough, or waited months to receive, psychology or counselling support because of the strain the pandemic placed on the health system.
That’s why, this year, Cancer Council Victoria launched a state-wide campaign to remind those affected by cancer that 'you're not alone'. It’s an especially important message for people living in rural and regional Victoria.
The campaign helps people understand that by calling our experienced cancer nurses on 13 11 20, you can access the support you need no matter where you live. The free and confidential support service is available for those affected by cancer, including carers and loved ones.
“We hope increased awareness will encourage people affected by cancer to reach out for cancer support, particularly given the impact that COVID-19 has had on available services,” says Katherine Lane, Head of Cancer Information and Support Services at Cancer Council Victoria.
Whether it's managing the cost of cancer, accessing emotional support, or getting advice to navigate the health system, we're here to help. With our database of more than 450 community support services, we have detailed knowledge of local options right across the state.
“When I relapsed, the social worker referred me to Cancer Council’s nurses,” said Shireen, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
“There’s lots of things that you can’t talk about with your family, so it’s nice to be able to talk to someone rather than burden your family. They’ve got enough to try and deal with.”
Read more: www.cancervic.org.au/get-support/cancer-support