Your feelings

Highly trained Peer Support Volunteers with lived experiences of a gynaecological or breast cancer provide unique understanding and support, by phone or in person. Other Counterpart services include group sessions, exercise programs and a resource library. Counterpart supports women living with breast or a gynaecological cancer in Victoria.
 (peer support)

Support groups
Cancer Council Victoria (VIC)
This page explains what support groups are and how they can help you. Links at the top of the page will help you find local, phone and online support groups in Victoria.
 (support groups)

If cancer comes back
CanTeen (AUS)
Aimed at young people, but relevant to all ages, this page explains the different types of  cancer recurrence: local, regional and distant, with videos for each one, and how you might be feeling about it. Note that services mentioned on this site are only available to Australians aged from 15 to 25 years.
  (web page with short YouTube videos)

Advanced cancer
Cancer Council Victoria (AUS, 2016)
Explanation of advanced cancer and how it develops. Includes practical information on the next steps, what treatments might be available, living with advanced cancer. At the bottom of the page, Agnes shares her personal story of living with advanced cancer. Buttons at the top of the page link to the booklet, ‘Living with advanced cancer’ listed below.

Living with advanced cancer
Cancer Council Australia (AUS, 2016)
This booklet provides more detailed information on what happens after a diagnosis of advanced cancer, the emotional impacts, treatments available, making plans and supporting carers.
  (84-page booklet in PDF or hard copy)

Why wait for wellness: Psychologist
Cancer Survival Guide (AUS, 2020)
In episode 3 of this podcast, Clinical Psychologist Dr Sarah McKinnon explains how a psychologist could help you deal with the things that are really troubling you during cancer treatment.

Coping with a serious health event: how to keep mentally well
Beyond Blue (AUS)
Explanation of the emotional effects of all kinds of serious health conditions. Discusses depression and anxiety, tips for taking care of yourself, and how to find help.

Managing emotional changes due to cancer
Cancer Australia (AUS)
Web page linking to information on the emotional effects of a whole range of issues relating to cancer and cancer treatment. Includes talking about your cancer, dealing with hair loss, sexuality and intimacy, same-sex relationships, impact on children, and lots more.

Cancer: how are you travelling?
Cancer Australia (AUS, 2013)
Booklet discussing the emotional, physical and practical challenges faced by people diagnosed with cancer, and tips for getting help.
  (42-page booklet, PDF, DOCX or hard copy)

Finding support
Cancer Australia (AUS)
Web page linking to information on the importance of support during your cancer experience, and how to find it.

Living with cancer
Cancer Australia (AUS)
Web page linking to information to help manage the practical and emotional issues relating to cancer, tips on dealing with them, and where to find help.

Emotions and cancer
Cancer Council Victoria (AUS, 2016)
Booklet providing information on the emotional impact of cancer. Includes physical effects of emotions, tools for coping, information on helping your friends and family, and how to get support.
  (52- page booklet, PDF or hard copy)

Shrink your worries!
Lynda Evans/Counterpart (AUS, 2020)
Social worker Lynda Evans provides practical strategies for managing worries.

Mindfulness: responding rather than reacting to life's challenges
Suzanne Peyton/Counterpart (AUS, 2019)
Learn how mindfulness practice helps reduce the experience of stress.

Relaxation and Mindful meditation for people with cancer
Cancer Council NSW (AUS, 2011)
Two popular audio recordings to listen to online.  Australian psychologist Dr Lisbeth Lane guides you through the basics of relaxation and mindfulness. Also available in CD format from Cancer Council Victoria.
(audio online)

Sleeping soundly
Justine Diggens/Counterpart (AUS, 2018)
Justine Diggens, Clinical Psychologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, gave this presentation at Counterpart Resource Centre in March 2018. She explains reasons for sleep difficulties and practical strategies to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Last Updated: 10 June, 2021 12:43 pm