“Support” can refer to any services which may be required by those affected by cancer. It includes self-help and support, information, psychological support, symptom control, social support, rehabilitation, spiritual support, palliative care and bereavement care.

Supportive care in cancer refers to the following five domains of need:

  • physical
  • psychological
  • social
  • information
  • spiritual

Please see the Cancer Care Services Link on this website for a wide range of assistance, support and information services available to you.

Support Groups

Cancer Support Groups may involve people with cancer and, sometimes, family and friends, meeting regularly to talk about common issues. They can:

  • help people to connect with others who've been through a similar cancer journey
  • provide a forum to discuss cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • increase your knowledge about cancer
  • help people to learn to live with cancer
  • help people to enjoy life after cancer

Support groups often meet at hospitals or community venues. Some groups have a specific-cancer focus (ie. breast cancer, prostate cancer etc.) while other are open to any affected by any type of cancer. 

Click here to : Find a support group

Cancer Council

Whether you have cancer or you know a friend, colleague or family member who does, you can call the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20) to talk with one of their experienced, understanding cancer nurses.

For further information on the Victorian and NSW Cancer Councils, click the following links:

Specialised Nursing Services GV Health

Specialised Nursing Services offered in the Oncology Department include  Breast Care Nurses, a Prostate Care Nurse, Bowel Cancer Nurse and a General Cancer Care Liaison Nurse. These Oncology staff provide advice and assistance on how to cope with chemotherapy treatment, coordinate care, provide referrals to other health agencies and provide emotional support and information. They also play a valuable role in education and raising awareness about early detection and treatment.

Self referrals can be made directly to the specialised nurses on:

  • Breast Care Nurses: (03) 5832 3650
  • Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse: (03) 5832 3777
  • Bowel Cancer Specialist Nurse: (03) 5832 3790
  • Cancer Care Liaison Nurse: (03) 5832 3777

A diagnosis of cancer poses many challenges, from the practical to the emotionally complex.

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