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Emotional and practical support is important during cancer treatment and post-treatment
As well as the Cancer Council Helpline and Cancer Counselling Service, we provide practical support for things such as transport to and from hospital, accommodation in some regions, and other unique types of assistance, depending on your needs.
We offer a transport service for cancer patients who need to travel from the Gold Coast to Brisbane for treatment. If you'd like to make use of the service, please call Jenny in our Gold Coast office on (07) 5503 3700 or call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 to make a booking. For more information the standard timetable for route, pick up and drop off information is available
Volunteer-provided transport is available to collect patients and their companions from the Brisbane Airport and Transit Centre, for transfer to treatment appointments or accommodation. In order to make use of this service, we require at least two or three working days notice, in order to arrange a volunteer.
This service can be accessed by calling the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
We provide accommodation facilities for cancer patients from regional areas who need to travel to major centres for their treatment. Our facilities are located in Cairns, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville.
Fees are calculated on a daily basis and are within the daily allowance of Queensland Health's Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme, the New South Wales Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme, and similar Australian state schemes.
Cancer Support Centre
Our Central Queensland Cancer Support Centre in Rockhampton provides eight accommodation units for cancer patients, as well as an education and support building.
Our Cancer Connect program puts people with cancer in touch with a volunteer who has been through a similar cancer experience. A separate but similar program also exists for breast cancer patients.
The service is accessed via the Cancer Council Helpline, call 13 11 20.
Cancer Counselling Service
Our Cancer Counselling Service offers counselling to people affected by cancer. Counselling can be provided over the phone or face-to-face in certain regions. The service is free and can be accessed via referral from the Cancer Council Helpline, call 13 11 20.
Our Helpline offers a range of resource booklets aimed at providing more information about all aspects of cancer. Resources can be sent to patients, families, health professionals, schools and interstate on request. To order resources online click on one of the following links: Health Professionals or Patients, Family and Friends
The Perspectives Newsletter is produced three times a year by Cancer Council Queensland. It is written to meet the needs of newly diagnosed patients, families and carers and covers a broad range of cancer-related issues. Perspectives features personal stories, tips for healthy living after cancer and explores the latest cancer research and developments.