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Finding out you have cancer can be confronting and stressful. You might not know what to do or who to turn to.

T.I.P.S. - Team, Involvement, Plan, Support - is a four-point guide to help you have conversations with your doctor, and ultimately help you manage your cancer care.

A multidisciplinary cancer care team is a team of health specialists who work together as a group to come up with the most appropriate treatment plan.
Get to know your cancer care team >
If you have been diagnosed with cancer it is important that you fully understand your diagnosis and are aware of the treatment options available to you.
Be informed of your treatment options >
Knowing the next steps in your treatment and key contacts along the way, helps you to better manage your cancer care.
Know your treatment plan and who your key contact is >
A cancer diagnosis can impact all parts of your life. It is important you have a network of allied health specialists as well as friends and family if possible, to support you along the way.
Know the support services available to you >

 

What does T.I.P.S. mean?

When diagnosed with cancer, there is a lot of information available to help you understand your illness. However, there are many unknowns and you might not know what to do or where to access help. Having a conversation with your doctor about these four aspects of your care can improve your experience, and can help you be better supported:

  • Team – Have your care overseen by a multidisciplinary cancer care team.
  • Involvement – Be informed and get involved in decisions about your care.
  • Plan – Know the next step in your treatment and who to contact.
  • Support – Know the people and services available to support you.
How do I use T.I.P.S.?

Take your T.I.P.S. brochure or information sheet  with you to your appointment with your treating doctor. Ask them about each element, and they will discuss these with you and provide you with information that is most relevant to you.

Your treatment and care might involve seeing multiple doctors and other health professionals. Keep 'T.I.P.S.' with you as a guide for the discussions you may have throughout your care.

Next steps

Read more about each of the T.I.P.S. below, then talk to your doctor to better understand your cancer treatment and care.

Know the Tips: Team

Find out how a multidisciplinary cancer care team starts working with someone when they are newly diagnosed with cancer, and reviews treatment plans during or after their treatment.

TIPS: involvement in your cancer care

Learn more about how to get involved in your cancer treatment and make informed decisions.

Know your cancer TIPS: Plan

Know the next step in your treatment and who to contact. A treatment plan will help you know what is coming next and who are your key contacts.

Know the Tips: Cancer Support

A cancer diagnosis may impact many areas of your life, and it’s important to have people around who can help support you.

TIPS: four ways to improve cancer care

Learn more about T.I.P.S. - a four-point guide to help you have better conversations with your patient about their cancer care.

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