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What to expect

The recommended care at each stage of cancer

What to expect

A cancer diagnosis is often difficult to take in and everyone will have a different reaction.

Feelings of shock, anger, sadness, fear and helplessness may occur. Making sense of what happens next can be difficult.

The following cancer care pathways have been developed to help identify the steps and recommended care at each stage. Not everyone will follow each step of the pathway, but they will help you know what questions to ask your doctors so you receive the best care.

What to expect - acute myeloid leukaemia
What to expect - bowel cancer
What to expect - breast cancer
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What to expect - cancer of unknown primary
What to expect - endometrial cancer
What to expect - head and neck cancers
What to expect - high-grade glioma cancer
What to expect - liver cancer
What to expect - lung cancer
What to expect - Hodgkin lymphoma
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What to expect - melanoma
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What to expect - non-melanoma (basal and squamous cell carcinoma)
What to expect - oesophagogastric cancer
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What to expect - ovarian cancer
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What to expect - pancreatic cancer
What to expect - peritoneal mesothelioma
What to expect - pleural mesothelioma
What to expect - prostate cancer
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What to expect - sarcoma (bone and soft tissue tumours)

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who might have cancer

What to expect - Checking for cancer. Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who might have cancer
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What to expect - Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have cancer
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The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has commissioned Cancer Council Victoria to develop the Optimal Cancer Care Pathways. These have been adopted nationally.

To view all pathways visit the Optimal Care Pathways website.

For more information regarding the current Pathways, please call 13 11 20.

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