These changes can affect the person who has cancer, their carer and their family. Sometimes a cancer diagnosis leads to sudden changes in a person’s circumstances making it more difficult for them to cope. There are also lots of practical difficulties that can arise. Family members and carers are often under a lot of pressure and may feel they have no one to turn to for support, advice, or even just clear information.
The social worker in gynaecological cancer and clinical psychologist are available to see all gynaecological cancer patients and their family members and/or carers. To book an appointment with the clinical psychologist you can call the clinic on 8890-8530.
Patients are seen in clinics of the Crown Princess Cancer Centre. If you need an appointment please call 8890-5555.
A free and confidential interpreter service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ask the staff to arrange an interpreter for you. Auslan interpreters are also available.
A clinical psychologist has specialised training in helping people overcome psychological difficulties, and can help you cope better, learn ways to relax, communicate better and deal with some of the common issues that present during and after your cancer treatment.
Patients and carers can learn how to manage stress with Present Moment Awareness. You can find out more about the free 4-week beginners course here.
The Westmead Gynaecological Cancer Support Group provides information and education for women who have been treated for gynaecological cancers. It is held monthly from February to December in the Education Centre at Westmead Hospital.
For more information contact the Westmead Centre for Gynaecological Cancer on 8890-6801 and ask to speak with the Social Worker or Clinical Psychologist for gynaecological cancer.
Click here for the 2018 dates for the Gynaecological Cancer Group Support meetings.
Click here for some guidance to coping with cancer and Christmas.
All members of staff involved in your care have access to the notes and records that are kept about your contact with us. They will be aware of any difficulties you are having, without you having to repeat the story. At the same time information placed on file is limited and is summarised. The team is mindful of confidentiality. Your GP is also very important in your care. Just like other staff at the cancer centre, we may send information to your GP about your contact with us if it is relevant.