December 2016

Message from Cancer Council NSW CEO, Jeff Mitchell

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It’s been a big year and as 2016 draws to a close I want to thank you for all your support and ongoing commitment to Cancer Council NSW.

We’re finishing off the year strongly with the recent launch of our new Cancer Council Online Community – an online peer support platform for people affected by cancer to connect, share experiences and find information and support in a safe forum.

Thanks to our CanAct Community, our palliative care campaign is also in full swing with a number of MPs across the state already signing the pledge to ensure that every person with a life-limiting cancer who needs specialist palliative care has access to it, when they need it, wherever they live in NSW.

Our Annual Report 2015/2016, which highlights our achievements and progress over the past financial year, is also now complete and available on our website.

The above are just a few examples of work we would not be able to do without your help. Your input and your ability to help us spread the word is something we truly value.

We know for many, the holidays can be a challenging time. If you or someone you know is in need, I hope you reach out for support.

Thank you again for all your hard work. I wish you and your families a happy and safe festive season and all the very best for the year ahead.

Jeff Mitchell


Cancer Council Online Community

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Cancer Council NSW is pleased to announce the launch of the Cancer Council Online Community.

The Online Community provides a platform for people affected by cancer to connect, share experiences and find information and support.

The site is user-friendly and includes forums and support groups, as well as blogs and information access for everyone – including people with cancer, survivors, families, friends and carers.

The Online Community can be accessed on your mobile, desktop or tablet device at a time that is convenient for you.

The site is moderated by Cancer Council NSW staff and aims to reduce isolation through community support, including during the Festive and New Year season.

We invite you to sign up and share your story with others, supporting one another in this online forum.

Take a look at the new Cancer Council Online Community here.


Information and support services over the festive period

cancer council 13 11 20The holiday season can pose many challenges for people who are affected by cancer, and feelings of loneliness, isolation and sadness are common.

Cancer Council NSW has a number of information and support services available to assist during this period.

Cancer Council 13 11 20 Information and Support

Cancer Council 13 11 20 Information and Support service will be available on the following dates:

  • 28, 29 and 30 December: 9am – 3pm (AEDT)
  • 3 January: 9am – 3pm (AEDT)

Outside of these hours, callers will be re-directed to alternative support services. Please note – there will be no 13 11 20 Information and Support service on the following public holidays:

  • 26 and 27 December
  • 2 January

Normal operational hours (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) will resume on Wednesday 4 January.

Cancer Connect peer support

If you have 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 can listen with unique understanding and share their experience to provide practical information and emotional support.

You can access Cancer Connect peer support by phoning 13 11 20 during the hours listed above, or read more here.

For more information about all of our information services, visit


Exercise and cancer – new booklet and videos now available

exercise and cancerThere is now clear evidence that regular exercise benefits most people both during and after cancer treatment.

It can help people manage some of the common side effects of treatment, speed up a return to usual activities, and improve overall quality of life. For some cancers, exercise may even improve treatment outcomes.

Cancer Council’s Exercise for People Living with Cancer booklet provides a guide to help people get started.

It includes:

  • general information on safely starting an exercise program after a cancer diagnosis, including questions to ask your doctors and exercise professionals
    • information on popular forms of aerobic, strength-training and flexibility exercises, and examples of exercise techniques you can do at home
    • step-by-step instructions and illustrations for 20 simple exercises.
    Reviewed by a panel of exercise physiologists, other experts and consumers, the resource is now available as a printed booklet and on the Cancer Council NSW website.

New videos demonstrating each exercise complement the information in the written resource.

These videos are available to watch on the Exercise and Cancer section of the Cancer Council NSW website. Please take a look and help spread the word about these excellent new resources.


Cook and eat healthily over the holidays

festive cookbook smallThe festive season has traditionally been a time to overindulge but it doesn’t need to be that way.

You don’t need to be perfect over the holidays but you can make it just a little healthier without losing any of the festive feels.

With the holiday celebrations falling smack bang in the middle of summer, we are surrounded by an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables so it’s the perfect time to show off some fresh flavours.

Download Cancer Council NSW’s “Festive Cookbook” for a range of healthy recipes for the holidays.


Healthy tip

Surviving the supermarket

Supermarket-shoppingA healthy diet starts with smart shopping. Here are our top tips for a successful shop:

* Plan, Plan, Plan
* Don’t shop on an empty stomach
* Avoid the junk food aisle
* Buy in season
* Frozen or canned fruit and veggies are just as good

Find the detailed information behind all these suggestions here.


Regional News

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Contact us

Email or call 13 11 20 for volunteer enquiries.

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You can also contact any of the Cancer Council NSW Regional Offices.