Support when you have cancer
People with cancer may need a range of information and support at different times. The support needed can be:
It is important to know that there are people and organisations that can help.
Support when you have breast cancer
One of the main organisations that provides information and support for people with cancer is the Cancer Council. Their services include:
- an Information and Support line, 13 11 20, which has specially trained staff available to offer support
- a range of face-to-face, online and telephone support groups
- a program called Cancer Connect where you can talk to someone who has experienced cancer
- an online community for people with cancer and their families and friends.
The Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) provides information and support specifically for people with breast cancer.
- a My Journey online tool
- a free Hopes & Hurdles pack for people with advanced breast cancer
- a telephone support line 1800 500 258
- an online network to connect with other people affected by breast cancer.
The McGrath Foundation provides:
- McGrath breast care nurses
- a breast care telephone support service on 1800 183 338
You can also talk to the cancer care coordinator or social worker where you are being seen. They can tell you what services and support groups are available locally. Your GP may also be able to provide information about this.
Support for men with breast cancer
Men can get breast cancer as well as women. There are some information and support resources specifically for men affected by breast cancer:
- The Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has produced the Men Get Breast Cancer Too booklet which has information for men with breast cancer. You can download it from their website.
- Cancer Australia hosts the Breast Cancer in Men website which also has information for men affected by breast cancer.