Cancer information for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People

Cancer information for your patients

Fact Sheets

These fact sheets provide easy-to-read information about cancer, in a format that can be easily downloaded and printed to give to your patients. Click on the red links to download the fact sheets.

You can also direct patients to the Cancer information for the community section on this  website.


Produced by Cancer Council NSW and Menzies School of Health Research in conjunction with a Clinical Advisory Group and an Indigenous Consultation group.

  • What is cancer?  This fact sheet provides information on cancer facts, about cancer growth, the difference between benign and malignant tumours, and who to speak to.
  • Understanding cancer talk.  This fact sheet provides a glossary of key terminology doctors may use about types of cancers, treatment, and the roles of different health professionals.
  • Surgery.  This fact sheet provides information on surgery for cancer treatment, and answers key questions a patient may ask about the procedure.
  • Radiotherapy.  This fact sheet provides information on radiotherapy for cancer treatment, and answers key questions a patient may ask about the process.
  • Chemotherapy.  This fact sheet provides information on chemotherapy for cancer treatment, and answers key questions a patient may ask about the course of treatment.
  • Men and cancer.  This fact sheet is a list of the most common male cancers and the symptoms men need to be aware of.
  • Breast cancer.  This fact sheet provides information on breast cancer, including symptoms, staging, and treatment.
  • Bowel cancer.  This fact sheet provides information on bowel cancer, including symptoms, staging, and treatment.
  • Cervical cancer.  This fact sheet provides information on cervical cancer, including symptoms, staging, and treatment.
  • Head and neck cancer.  This fact sheet provides information on head and neck cancer, including symptoms, staging, and treatment.
  • Leukaemia.  This fact sheet provides information on leukaemia, including symptoms, staging, and treatment.
  • Lung cancer.  This fact sheet provides information on lung cancer, including symptoms, staging, and treatment.
  • Lymphoma.  This fact sheet provides information on lymphoma, including symptoms, staging, and treatment.
  • Prostate cancer.  This fact sheet provides information on prostate cancer, including symptoms, staging, and treatment.
  • Uterine cancer.  This fact sheet provides information on uterine cancer, including symptoms, staging, and treatment.
  • Help getting to treatment. This fact sheet provides tips for getting to and from treatment using your own car or using community transport.
  • Help with money. This fact sheet provides tips for help with money problems.
  • How can I help. – This fact sheet provides tips for how family and friends can help support a person with cancer.

Produced in collaboration with the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council.

  • Cancer treatment.  This fact sheet gives information about the main treatments for cancer. It also covers common side effects that some people experience.
  • Making treatment decisions.  This fact sheet talks about making decisions about cancer treatment, including what you may have to pay for treatment and getting a second opinion.
  • Talking about cancer.  It is sometimes hard to talk about cancer with your doctors and nurses. You may not know what to ask. This fact sheet provides a list of questions that you may want to ask your health care team.
  • Practical information for people having cancer treatment.  This fact sheet covers information about practical issues, such as paying for treatment, where you might go for treatment, and what to do if you want to complain.
  • Looking after someone with cancer.  This fact sheet is for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who look after someone with cancer. It gives suggestions about organisations (such as Carers Australia) that may be able to help.
  • Natural therapies and cancer.  Many people use natural medicines or complementary therapies when they have cancer. This fact sheet explains what natural therapies are, and how they are used for people with cancer.
  • What is palliative care?  This fact sheet gives information about looking after people with a terminal illness.

Understanding cancer book series

Understanding Cancer is a series of more than 50 resources for people with cancer, their families and friends. The series includes easy-to-read information about specific types of cancer, treatments, and emotional and practical issues. Books can be downloaded as PDFs or you can order copies through an online form.

Click here to find a full list of Understanding cancer books.


Stories Book

Aboriginal Cancer Journeys: Our stories of kinship, hope and survival is a book of stories from Aboriginal people affected by cancer. It includes personal insights and words of wisdom so Aboriginal people can get an insight into other people’s experience of cancer. Aboriginal Cancer Journeys [PDF 557 Kb]

Online videos and stories

Click here to find personal stories that offer insight into the cancer journeys of Aboriginal people.

 

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