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We provide a range of programs to support people affected by cancer.
Support groups offer peer support and information for people affected by cancer, their families, and carers.
Many people who have attended a support group say it can help to talk to others who have gone through a similar experience. Others have commented that being around people who understand can help to break down the sense of isolation they had experienced. Support groups can also offer many practical suggestions and ways to cope.
There are many different types of cancer support groups and it is important you feel comfortable the group offers what you are looking for. Some are well established groups who offer regular meetings; provide guest speakers, newsletters and one-on-one support. Other groups meet around a social or recreational activity through which people get together and share common experiences. Some are small community groups. It is important you look around to find the group that best meets your need.
We can refer anyone affected by cancer to a range of support groups operating across Queensland, which cover all types of cancer, including: breast, prostate, colorectal, lung and head and neck cancers. There are some groups for the partners of men with prostate cancer in some areas and non-specific cancer support groups.
Support programs involve group information and support, usually through facilitated workshops.
Support is facilitated by meeting and sharing with other participants who are experiencing similar circumstances and from health professionals.
Brain Tumour Support Service offers information, referral and support for people who have a malignant or benign brain tumour, and their family and friends.
Breast Cancer Support Service provides the opportunity for women with breast cancer to speak with another woman who has been treated for breast cancer, for emotional support and information.
Cancer Connect provides the opportunity for anyone with cancer to speak with a volunteer who had experienced the same cancer, for emotional support and information.
c-vivor is a free physical activity program for Queenslanders affected by cancer, recently launched by Cancer Council Queensland. This exciting new program, includes a diverse range of low-intensity highly-social activities designed to enhance quality of life by helping cancer survivors stay healthy. The program brings together people who have been affected by cancer on a regular basis and is led by volunteers who are themselves cancer survivors, so that all participants share a common connection and understanding. To register your interest in becoming a volunteer group leader or member, please visit www.c-vivor.org.au
Look Good… Feel Better is a free workshop where participants learn how to manage the changes that may occur to your skin, hair and appearance as a result of cancer treatment. The program is available to women and men diagnosed with cancer and undergoing or about to undergo cancer treatment.
For more information about support groups and programs operating in your region please call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.