Cancer care and your rights

For many people, a cancer diagnosis is the start of a long and often complicated journey through the health care system. Navigating through this system can be challenging, particularly when you are dealing with the physical and emotional effects of cancer.

This information outlines what you can reasonably expect of the health care system and your treatment team. It also includes some basic information about insurance and workplace rights, and practical issues such as paying for treatment, finding a specialist and accessing community services.

The information on these pages is about working in partnership with your health care providers and taking an active role in your care, if you wish to do so. This doesn’t mean you are making demands of your treatment team – rather, it’s about feeling comfortable asking questions and ensuring your needs are met. 

This information was last reviewed in April 2016
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