Healthy Living after Cancer
Personalised diet and exercise program
Getting back to a healthy lifestyle after cancer is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Our Healthy Living after Cancer (HLaC) program offers free health coaching over the phone, with experienced cancer nurses. The program can help you get active, eat better and feel better, so that you can do more of the things that are important to you.
You'll receive up to 12 health coaching calls over a period of six months from a 13 11 20 Cancer Council nurse. The program is delivered entirely by telephone, so you can access it wherever you live in WA.
How it works
The program is available to people over 18 years of age who have completed cancer treatment. It is suitable for people who would like support to become more active and eat more healthily.
A nurse will work with you to make healthy lifestyle changes by setting goals for physical activity and healthy eating. Our Cancer Council nurse will help you reach these goals by giving you support, helpful tips and motivation.
So our nurses can best help you, the program involves completing a survey over the phone at the beginning of the program, and again at the end. You'll be asked questions about your physical activity and diet, and about your overall health. You'll get feedback following these surveys, either via email or post, so you can track your progress.
Evie was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013.
After treatment, she wanted to boost her energy and feel great at her daughter’s wedding so she called 13 11 20 and spoke to one of our friendly cancer nurses.
The Healthy Living after Cancer Program gave her the motivation she needed.
"I would take it up as soon as possible, the challenge is so motivating and I feel great!"
Audrey is in her eighties and lives in a retirement village.
She was treated for breast cancer, and finished the Healthy Living after Cancer program in April 2016.
Since then, Audrey has increased her physical activity levels and her confidence has grown.
“I’m walking further and feel much stronger. I’m also much more confident about getting out and about,” she says. Whilst she still takes her walking stick with her when she goes out, she adds, "I feel ready to throw my walking stick away!”
Register your interest in our Healthy Living after Cancer now to get started. Cancer Council staff will then contact you to discuss the program with you. Please note eligibility criteria apply.
Healthy Living after Cancer is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Project between the Victorian, NSW, SA and WA Cancer Councils and the Cancer Prevention Research Centre, School of Public Health, University of Queensland. The program involves collaboration with a team of Australian and international investigators.
Further information and support
You can also find lots of information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle after cancer on our staying well during and after treatment page. You may also be interested in downloading or ordering a hard copy of our Living Well After Cancer booklet (this publication covers topics like treatment side effects and understanding emotions, as well as nutrition and exercise) and our Exercise for People Living with Cancer booklet (this publication aims to provide information about the benefits exercise may have during and after cancer treatments). To view different exercises you can try at home, please follow this link. These videos are produced by Cancer Council NSW.
Our team of cancer nurses is available to answer questions or provide guidance about developing and maintaining healthy habits after treatment. You can contact them 9am - 5pm, Mon to Fri on 13 11 20 or email us.