1. Further support
Breast cancer support
For free resources about breast cancer, or to find support available in your area, call Breast Cancer Network Australia on 1800 500 258 or visit bcna.org.au.
You can also speak to specially trained staff at Cancer Council 13 11 20. They can answer your questions about the effects of cancer, explain what will happen during treatment and link you to support groups and other community resources.
If you need an interpreter, call TIS (Translating and Interpreting Service) on 13 14 50.
For support and advice for carers, call the Carers Association on 1800 242 636.
More support options
Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre
Has general and tumour-specific information, primarily focussed on the post-treatment survivorship phase
• Telephone: +61 3 9656 5207
• Website: www.petermac.org/cancersurvivorship
Information on depression, anxiety and related disorders, available treatment and support services
• Telephone: 1300 22 4636
• Website: www.beyondblue.org.au
Look Good, Feel Better
A non-medical, free community service program dedicated to teaching women how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment
• Telephone: 1800 650 960 (Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm)
• Website: www.lgfb.org.au
Information on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care for Australians affected by cancer, and their families and carers
• Telephone: 1800 624 973
• Website: www.canceraustralia.gov.au
Breast Cancer Network Australia
Specific information on breast cancer
• Telephone: 1800 500 258
• Website: http://www.bcna.org.au/
Contact a breast care nurse
• Telephone: 1800 183 338
• Website: www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au
Australian organisation for young people living with cancer offers support, information, and resources
• Telephone: 1800 226 833
• Website: www.canteen.org.au
Care Search: Palliative Care Knowledge Network
Information for patients and carers on living with illness, practical advice on how to care, and finding services
• Telephone: (08) 7221 8233
• Website: www.caresearch.com.au
National Health Services Directory
A directory providing information on local hospital and community services
• Website: www.nhsd.com.au
NEMICS A common path: Breast cancer
Videos offering support and advice from people who have been through cancer.
• Visit: www.youtube.com/c/ACommonPathCancersupportandadvice
Optimal care pathways have been developed for health professionals and health services. However, patients and carers may find useful information in this version to help understand the processes their treating health professionals are following.