This booklet has been prepared to help you understand more about cancer that has spread from its original (primary) site or has come back (recurred).
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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.
Learn about cancer treatments and find your local treatment centre.
Early detection offers one of the best chances of cure.
Rare and less common cancers
A cancer is rare or less common when it only affects a small number of people.
Advanced cancer usually can’t be cured, but it can often be controlled.
Genetics and risk
For some families, an inherited faulty gene means their risk of cancer is much higher.
Children, teens and young adults
No matter what age a child is, a cancer diagnosis will have a big effect on them.
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Managing daily life
Finding ways to manage the impact of cancer on daily life is important.
My Cancer Guide
A guide to support services available to Victorians affected by cancer.
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.
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Financial and legal
Information and support programs related to legal and financial matters.
Information for employees and employers.
Holiday break program
Free short breaks for those affected by cancer and their families.
Support for health professionals
Key published articles, newsletters and updates from The Cancer Council.
Cancer stories and news
News from Cancer Council Victoria and stories of those affected by cancer.
Cancer and COVID-19
Learn about cancer and COVID-19, and updates about our support services.
Scientific work funded in universities, hospitals and research institutes.
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.
Victorian Cancer Registry
We register details of all cancer diagnoses to keep statistics.
Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer
Learn more about the centre and its work.
Cancer Epidemiology Division
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Volunteer with us
Join the fight against cancer and volunteer with us.
Share your story to help others, give back and be heard.
Give a major gift
Learn more about philanthropy at Cancer Council Victoria.
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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.
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Make a regular donation
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By remembering us in your Will, you enable us to plan for the future.
Create a lasting space to remember a loved one, or give in memory.
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