Cancer stories and news


Talking all things cancer

Tuesday 17 October 2017
Cancer Council NSW have launched a series of podcasts titled The Thing About Cancer. Hosted by Julie McCrossin, Australian radio broadcaster, journalist and cancer survivor, Julie chats to experts and people affected by cancer about a wide range of related topics. Read more
Publication profile: Caring for Someone with Cancer

Publication profile: Caring for Someone with Cancer

Tuesday 17 October 2017
Caring for someone with cancer can be both challenging and rewarding. You might not even think of yourself as a carer especially if it is a family member or close friend; it is just what you do. It is an incredibly important and valuable role, and it’s important to remember to look after yourself. Read more

Catch up, raise funds and change lives this spring with Girls’ Night In.

Tuesday 17 October 2017
October is here, which means women all across Victoria are preparing for their Girls’ Night In. They’ll be gathering their nearest and dearest, catching up, and raising vital funds for ground-breaking cancer research into women’s cancers, prevention programs, and support services that offer a helping hand when women need it the most. Read more
Bowel cancer screening

Bowel cancer – a simple home test could save your life

Monday 14 August 2017
Are you or someone you love aged 50 or over? If so, you may be at a higher risk of bowel cancer. Tragically, bowel cancer claims the lives of 80 Australians every week. But it doesn't have to. A home screening test is available for free as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Read more
A conversation with Bill

A conversation with Bill, Bowel cancer survivor

Monday 14 August 2017

Bill was diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 44. After treatment, Bill decided he wanted to ‘give back’ to the community and become a Cancer Connect volunteer - a telephone peer support program for people affected by cancer. Read on to learn more about Bill and his story.

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Jeanne Potts

Behind the scenes with Jeanne Potts, 13 11 20 Cancer Nurse

Monday 14 August 2017
I have been a cancer nurse for over twenty years. In the hospital setting, I worked in day oncology units where people have chemotherapy as day patients. Being able to support and educate patients who had a cancer diagnosis gave me great satisfaction. Jeanne has given us a glimpse into her experience as a 13 11 20 cancer nurse. Read on to learn more about Jeanne and the calls she receives. Read more
Daffodil Day

Buy a pin this Daffodil Day

Monday 14 August 2017
Friday 25 August is Daffodil Day – a day where we come together to support those affected by cancer. We’d love it if you could be part of Daffodil Day by buying and wearing a daffodil pin. Every dollar makes a difference and will ensure that Cancer Council Victoria can continue its life-saving work in cancer research, prevention and support. Read more
Understanding Bowel Cancer

Publication profile: Understanding Bowel Cancer

Monday 14 August 2017
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer affecting Victorians. If found early, 90% of bowel cancer cases can be successfully treated. The key is early detection. Our Cancer Council booklet, Understanding Bowel Cancer is a very handy resource to refer to if you have any symptoms, in the process of being tested, or have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. Read more
Victorian Cancer Trials Link

Victorian Cancer Trials Link relaunches improved website

Tuesday 6 June 2017
Clinical trials are a gold standard treatment option, yet many people find the decision of whether to participate in a clinical trial a challenging one. Of those newly diagnosed with cancer in Victoria, only 6% are recruited into clinical trials. To increase patient access to and information about clinical trials, Cancer Council Victoria has recently improved the Victorian Cancer Trials Link website. Read more
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Introducing Trial Connect: A peer support program

Tuesday 6 June 2017
The decision of whether to participate in a clinical trial can be difficult. We are introducing a new pilot program to connect people with others who ‘have been there before’. Based on the successful Cancer Connect program, Trial Connect aims to provide peer support around decisions to engage in a clinical trial. Read more
Katherine Lane

Exploring palliative care enquiries to 13 11 20

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Cancer Council Victoria’s Information and Support line is staffed by experienced cancer nurses who are there to help with any questions about cancer. Around 10% of these calls relate to palliative care, prognosis, recurrence and death and dying, topics that are often difficult to deal with among family and friends.

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Facing End of Life

Publication profile: Facing End of Life information booklet

Tuesday 6 June 2017
If you have had cancer diagnosed at a late stage, or if treatment has stopped working and remission or cure is no longer possible, you may be told that the cancer is end stage or terminal. Everyone’s reaction is unique and people cope in their own way with the news. Our information booklet designed for people facing end of life, their carers, friends and family, may help. Read more
Louise Wilks

Behind the scenes with Louise Wilks, 13 11 20 Cancer Nurse

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Did you know you don’t have to have cancer to call Cancer Council Victoria on 13 11 20? We took over 10,000 calls and emails last year and many were from partners, children, friends and colleagues of people living with cancer. When you call, you can rest assured you’re not talking to a volunteer, you’re speaking with an experienced cancer nurse. Like Louise.

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Daffodil Day volunteers

We want you! Calling all volunteers for Daffodil Day

Tuesday 6 June 2017
By volunteering this Daffodil Day, you’ll be making an incredible difference to the 31,628 Victorians diagnosed with cancer each year. Every dollar from every pin, pen, and bear sold counts and will ensure Cancer Council Victoria can continue its important work in cancer research, prevention and support. Read more
Living with Cancer Education Program

Connecting with others

Thursday 13 April 2017
The Living with Cancer Education Program helps people make sense of cancer in a safe and informal environment. These programs facilitated by local health professionals provide an opportunity to connect with others in similar circumstances. A positive outcome from this Program has seen the start of the Wimmera Prostate Cancer Support Group. Read more
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