Finding information about cancer

Does the internet have good information about cancer and treatment options?

The internet gives access to a large number of people and organisations that publish information about cancer. However it is important to understand that the internet is open to anyone who wishes to publish information and there is no regulation of the information or its accuracy. It can be distressing to learn new information if you are not ready for it or if there is no one around to discuss it with. Remember that everyone is different and not all information you obtain will apply to your situation.

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What internet sites does Cancer Council WA recommend?

Cancer Council WA has compiled a list of cancer related websites that it has reviewed and judged to contain quality information on cancer.

You can also download our brochure Cancer information on the internet (pdf, available from our Publication page).

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Where can I find information on cancer in languages other than English?

Cancer Council Australia has developed a free search tool called the Cancer Directory. Using this tool, it is possible to search for a wide range of publications and resources in languages other than English.

If you speak a language other than English and would like to speak to someone about cancer in your language you can connect to our cancer nurses on 13 11 20 through an interpreter.  Simply follow these steps:

  1. Call 13 14 50, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
  2. Say the language you need
  3. Wait on the line for an interpreter (may take up to 3 minutes)
  4. Ask the interpreter to call us on 13 11 20
  5. Talk to our cancer nurses on 13 11 20 with the help of your interpreter

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How can I search quality internet sites with one simple search?

Within our website you can use the Search Cancer on the Web  function to search multiple Australian and International cancer related sites with one search.

These sites have been reviewed by Cancer Council WA and contain quality information on cancer.

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How do I find information about a specific type of cancer?

Please see our page on cancer types for information and links about specific types of cancer, including links to several excellent A to Z lists of cancer types from other websites.

You can also search multiple Australian and international cancer related sites with one search with our Search Cancer on the Web search engine.

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Where can I find a list of cancer publications and resources?

We have a comprehensive range of publications and resources (any downloadable), including booklets, CDs, brochures and posters. Please visit our Cancer Council WA publications page for a complete list of all Cancer Council WA publications, including those for health professionals, students and workplaces.

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Does the Cancer Council WA have library services that I can use?

Yes. The Cancer Council WA Library services provide a gateway to information about cancer and related issues from Australia and around the world. Health professionals, patients and members of the public are all very welcome to access these services.

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