An ‘exit' for bowel motions if the bowel can't be joined properly after surgery. The surgeon makes a small hole in your abdomen, brings one end of the bowel out through the hole and sews it to the skin. This makes a stoma or ‘ostomy'.
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What is cancer?
Where cancer starts, how it spreads, common risk factors and symptoms.
Types of cancer
Explore our A-Z list of cancer types, with information on diagnosis and treatment.
Rare and less common cancers
A cancer is rare or less common when it only affects a small number of people.
Cancer information and support services for Victorian Aboriginal communities.
Cancer and COVID-19
Learn about cancer and COVID-19, and updates about our support services.
Managing daily life
It is normal to experience a range of emotions when you have cancer.
Grief is the process of responding to loss and it can affect all parts of your life.
Eating well is beneficial during and after cancer treatment.
Aerobic, strength, flexibility and pelvic floor exercises for people with cancer.
Sexuality and intimacy
Cancer may affect the role sexuality and intimacy play in your life.
Learning to relax
Coping with cancer is challenging and it is important to look after yourself.
Life after treatment
You may continue to face challenges even after cancer treatment has ended.
Contact our cancer nurses
Speak to our trusted and compassionate cancer nurses on 13 11 20 or via email.
Facing end of life
Information on dealing with, planning for and looking after somone at the end of life.
Caring for someone with cancer
Caring can be rewarding but also challenging, both physically and emotionally.
Holiday break program
Free short breaks for those affected by cancer and their families.
Cancer services guide
A guide to support services available to Victorians affected by cancer.
Cancer information and support services for LGBTIQ+ communities.
Be a healthy weight
Convincing evidence links obesity to various cancers.
Eat a healthy diet
We recommend a healthy body weight, regular exercise and a healthy diet.
It's preventable but nearly 2,000 Australians die of skin cancer each year.
Each year 15,000 Australians are diagnosed with smoking-related cancer.
Be physically active
Evidence links physical activity to reduced breast and colon cancer risk.
We're working to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Find out how we help patients access clinical trials.
Search our research
Search the vast number of projects we've been involved in over the years.
Meet our researchers
Team of researchers who have expanded our understanding of cancer.
Our Forgotten Cancers Program
Improving survival for less common and low survival cancers.
Research ethics and guidelines
Learn about our research ethics and research practice guidelines.
Principles for the responsible and ethical conduct of research.
McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer
Find out how we use the law to prevent cancer and to protect people affected by it.
Leave a gift in your Will
Become a corporate supporter
Fund cancer research
Fund a specific type of cancer research and earn a research award.
Honour your loved one
Create a lasting space to remember your loved one or give in memory.
Give in celebration
Make a lasting contribution when you celebrate your next special occasion.
Donate a holiday
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Read our latest news for health professionals.
Cancer support referral
Order free publications
Order a limited number of our free booklets and brochures.
Optimal Care Pathways
The Optimal Care Pathways (formerly Patient Management Frameworks) were developed to provide a consistent statewide approach to care management in each tumour stream.
A project to improve access to supportive care for people affected by cancer.
Clinical practice guides
Medical guides for specific cancers.
Resources for dietitians
To support nutritional management of oncology patients.
Cancer counselling service
Free, short-term phone counselling service to help your patients.
Addresses, phone numbers, parking and public transport information.
What we do
Our strategic plan, outlining our mission, values, goals and priorities.
Latest news and stories
News from Cancer Council Victoria and stories of those affected by cancer.
Where the money goes
See what we spent our money on in 2020.
Snapshots of people and events from our long history.
Culturally diverse communities
We work to reduce the impact of cancer in diverse communities.
Melbourne retail store
Our Melbourne-based retail shop is now permanently closed. To purchase our products, visit www.cancercouncilshop.org.au.