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.
Where to find support
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.
Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides information and support for women with ovarian cancer. This includes:
- a helpline 1300 660 334 where you can talk to a member of the support team
- email support
- a Resilience Kit available online or you can receive a hard copy
- a nationwide tele-support group
- an online community group called OCA Connect.
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.