Coping with cancer

Cancer Council NSW can help you cope with cancer, we provide information & support online, in person and via phone



13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support

Phone us on 13 11 20 or email us your questions
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am -5pm
Translator service available for languages other than English – Phone: 13 14 50.

A confidential service where you can speak or email a specialist health professional about anything to do with cancer, including:

  • A question about cancer
  • Support if you or someone you care about has cancer
  • How to cope with treatment and its side effects
  • Assistance with legal, financial and transport to treatment
  • End of life care
  • Information about services, resources or support groups

See the full range of services available

Cancer Council Information Centres

Information and support available within hospitals and treatment centres around NSW.

Find out more and locate an information centre near you

One to one support

Talk to someone who has experienced cancer
Talking one to one over the phone with someone who has had a similar cancer experience can be helpful, reassuring and encouraging. Cancer Connect has trained volunteers who have been there, they can listen with unique understanding and share their experience to provide practical information and emotional support.

Talk to a professional counsellor
When cancer impacts on your life, often there are unexpected emotional effects. Sometimes talking with family or friends isn’t enough.  Our professional counsellors understand the many changes that can occur such as relationship issues, anxiety, grief or fear. They will help you explore these feelings and create strategies so that you are better able to cope.
Call 13 11 20 to organise a session or you can locate one in NSW

Support groups for patients & carers

Telephone support groups
Perhaps you are too unwell or your illness limits your ability to travel, in which case the Telephone Support Group program is a way to get support from home. Groups available include: Brain, Pancreas, Advanced, Myeloma & Carers.

Face to face support groups
If you are seeking information and support from others in a similar situation, a support group can provide you a safe place to come together and share experiences with others.
To find a support group in your area – visit our online directory or call 13 11 20.

Online community support

Cancer Connections
A moderated peer-support online community for people affected by cancer, their partners, family, and friends, young adults and survivors. This web community is a safe place to share stories, get tips and connect with others; to find, give and receive support from someone who understands.

Transport, accommodation and home help

Practical advice and support during and after treatment
Be informed about the transport, accommodation and home help services available to you. These include transport to treatment, patient and carer accommodation and help with household tasks from trained volunteers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities

Community specific support information for LGBTI people affected by cancer.

Be informed about support services and information relevant to the LGBTI communities affected by cancer. Webinars about “Cancer: It’s out of the closet” and Anal Cancer in gay and bisexual men. Video resource:‘Queer Peers’. Find lesbian, gay and bisexual cancer support groups.

Other Resources

Cancer Services Directory
A directory listing of all support services provided in NSW, for example where to find a wig, aged care, complementary therapy etc.

Cancer Council Library
Health professionals can select from more than 3000 items, including books, journals and videos. Our librarian will be happy to organise an inter-library loan, or you can visit the library in person.