Sleep disturbances are very common among people who have had cancer treatment. Good management of sleep can greatly improve your feelings of wellbeing.
Information for cancer survivors and their families
- Peter Mac booklet: Can-Sleep: Making night time sleep problems go away. A guide for people with cancer
- Cancer Mind Care: Cancer Mind Plan
- Springboard Beyond Cancer website: Sleep problems –self management (US)
- CAPO 2012: A Pan-Canadian Practice Guideline: Prevention, Screening, Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Disturbances in Adults with Cancer
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Additional resources for health professionals
Can-Sleep service: Webinar training on CBT for insomnia. A two-hour webinar on the Can-Sleep service, with information about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions for cancer patients, suitable for health professionals who have an understanding of CBT.
Light enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT+) for sleep and fatigue: A randomized controlled trial during chemotherapy for breast cancer (current)
Contact: Justine Diggens,
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Clinical services at Peter Mac Parkville
The following services are available to patients of Peter Mac, Parkville. If you are treated elsewhere, please speak with your oncology team, as you may have different clinical service options.
- Can-Sleep service This specialist service helps patients with night-time sleep problems, and provides information and resources for health professionals: for health professionals or for people who have experienced cancer and their families.
Other clinical services in the Parkville precinct
The following services are available to patients of the Parkville precinct (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital). Peter Mac is also part of the Parkville precinct, with services listed separately, above. If you are treated elsewhere, please speak with your oncology team, as you may have different clinical service options.
- Royal Melbourne Hospital: Respiratory medicine and sleep disorders service. This service provides diagnostic procedures, runs clinics and monitors sleeping patterns: for people who have experienced cancer and their families or for health professionals