For cancer patients, family and friends
We understand that a cancer diagnosis may have an enormous impact on you and your family. We have developed a wide range of practical and emotional support services and information to assist you.
There are many ways in which we can help guide you through your cancer journey. Details of our services, programs or resources are detailed below.
For more information or to access any of these, please call Cancer Council 13 11 20.
Services available include:
- Living in the country - Cancer Council WA offers a number of support services that may be helpful to you.
- Accommodation in Perth - Cancer Council WA offers comfortable, convenient 'home away from home' accommodation for eligible, regional cancer patients and their carers who have to travel to Perth for assessment and treatment (subject to availability).
- Cancer Connect - Talking to others who understand what you are going through can help ease the burden of a cancer journey, whether you have cancer or are caring for someone who does. Cancer Connect is a telephone based, peer support program which can link you with a trained volunteer who has had a similar cancer experience.
- Cancer counselling services - If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with cancer, you may find it helpful to talk to a professional counsellor who has experience in dealing with cancer related issues.
- Cancer support groups - Support groups offer a confidential supportive place to share experiences, learn from and connect with others affected by cancer. Our groups are run by trained facilitators and can be face to face, online or by telephone.
- Complementary therapies - Complementary therapies are supportive therapies that can be used alongside cancer treatments to improve general wellbeing and quality of life.
- Life Now - Meditation, yoga and exercise classes can help benefit the overall emotional and physical health of people affected by cancer. These classes are available at various locations and can be accessed by cancer patients, and their carers.
- Wig service - Our free wig service has an extensive range of wigs, turbans and scarves. These may be borrowed for as long as required while going through cancer treatment.
- Cancer information and resources - We provide a range of resources including booklets, brochures, fact sheets and CDs on cancer types, cancers treatment, living with cancer and what to expect when cancer treatment is over. Many of these can be found on our publications page.
- Cancer Council 13 11 20 - Any of our services programs or resources can be accessed by calling our nurses on 13 11 20 between business hours. Our nurses can help point you in the right direction whether you are a newly diagnosed cancer patient, a health professional or even a student learning more about cancer care.
- Legal and financial planning advice service - Cancer can change many things including how you manage financially. If you need assistance with financial planning or other legal or financial matters, we may be able to connect you to a lawyer or financial planner who may be able to assist you (subject to eligibility).
- Practical and hardship financial assistance - We understand that cancer treatment can put enormous strain on your resources and that sometimes a little help can go a long way. We maybe able to provide financial and practical assistance to patients undergoing cancer treatment (subject to eligibility).
- Regional support services - Even if you are based outside the Perth metropolitan area, our regional support services can offer you support close to home. Cancer Council support coordinators are located across the state and can provide information, emotional support and complementary therapies.They may also help you to cope with the side effects of cancer treatments.
- Workshops and information seminars - We run a range of education workshops and information seminars throughout the year to help you learn more about living with cancer and how to cope with some of its challenges.