The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC) has developed information resources and events to help people move from initial treatment to post treatment and beyond, including those receiving maintenance treatments.
We recognise ‘cancer survivors’ as people who have been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout his or her life. We also acknowledge the impact of cancer on family members, friends, and caregivers of survivors.
EVENTS FOR SURVIVORS
Wellness and Life after Cancer (WALAC)
This free education and support program is for cancer survivors who have, or will soon, complete initial treatment and those on maintenance therapy; it is also for carers, partners and family members. It can help you, and those around you, develop practical strategies. WALAC is run in partnership with the Cancer Council Victoria.
- Friday 2 June, 10:00am to 4:00pm
- Tuesday 31 October, 10:00am to 4:00pm
You'll get the opportunity to share stories and tips with others going through a similar experience. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Contact Katie Rogerson, Project Officer, for more information: [email protected]
There are a number of emotional, physical, practical and social challenges that cancer survivors may face once they finish cancer treatment, including late effects of cancer treatment and the fear of cancer returning.
We have developed several information resources which are located in the Looking after yourself during and after treatment section of this website. Highlights include:
- Fact sheets on common issues after treatment ranging from physical, practical and emotional impacts
- Fact sheets on usual follow-up after a range of cancers including: breast, bowel, prostate, Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Just Take it Day to Day survivorship video series
- General practice and cancer survivorship video
- Stories of people affected by cancer
There are a range of reliable community-based organisations available to provide information and support programs. We have listed the major organisations below. Speak to your health care team for additional recommendations.
Cancer Council Australia
Visit Cancer Council Australia (national website or contact your state branch).
For information and support phone 13 11 20.
The Cancer Council provides a number of resources for cancer survivors. These include booklets and information on emotions, finances and employment, nutrition and exercise, sexuality and intimacy as well as caring for someone with cancer. There is also a valuable resource titled Loss and Grief, which addresses the possible grief caused by any loss or change in a survivor’s life because of cancer. Living Well after Cancer is another useful resource. A tailored resource to support people after treatment called On the Road to Recovery has been developed for people who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, Arabic, Italian or Vietnamese.
Cancer Council support organisations deliver group support through the WALAC program.
There are support groups and services for people with specific types of cancer. These include:
- Bowel Cancer Australia
- Breast Cancer Network Australia
- Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
- Leukaemia Foundation (information and support for those with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other related blood disorders)
- Myeloma Foundation of Australia
- Ovarian Cancer Australia
- Lymphoma Australia
- Melanoma Patients Australia.
Please note this is not an extensive list and does not include state-specific services.
Information for children and young adult cancer survivors
Child and young adult cancer survivors face unique challenges when compared with adult survivors. Long-term and late effects of cancer and treatments as well as the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis at a young age are all important considerations when developing a survivorship care plan for a young person. The parents, carers and siblings of these survivors should also be acknowledged. A number of different organisations have developed resources targeted at survivors of childhood cancers, as well as their parents and carers. These include the following:
Email: [email protected]
CanTeen has resources (written and peer support) for young people (12–24 years) with or affected by cancer.
Email: [email protected]
RedKite offers support for young people (up to 24 years) with cancer. RedKite can assist with information and counselling, financial assistance, education, and carer and bereavement support.
Information for carers of cancer survivors
The ACSC acknowledges the significant impact that a cancer diagnosis can have on the carers of the survivor. The above-listed groups can also assist carers; they can be found online or contacted directly.
It is important to ensure that carers have adequate resources and information about where they can access support. It is also important to acknowledge the positive influence that a carer can have on a cancer survivor and the support they can provide in the post-treatment phase, particularly in motivating and encouraging survivors regarding healthy living and self-management.
ACSC Project Officer
Ph: (03) 8559 6222
Email: [email protected]