Patient & Family/Carer Information Resources

Finding the right answers to your questions – with endless amounts of information on the internet, it’s important to be able to identify trustworthy sites to access correct best practice information.

Below are a number of trustworthy accredited sites with a wealth of information which are easy to access and understand. If you have any further questions, please discuss with a member of your treating team.

Information and Support Services

Cancer Council Helpline:

The Cancer Council Helpline is a free, confidential telephone information and support service run by Cancer Councils in each state and territory. Anyone can call the Cancer Council Helpline – cancer patients, people living with cancer, their families, carers and friends, teachers, students and healthcare professionals. Specially trained staff are available to answer your questions about cancer and offer emotional or practical support.

  • call 13 11 20
  • local call cost from anywhere in Australia (mobile calls charged at mobile rates)
  • is open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday
  • phones are staffed by health professionals
  • multilingual services can also be arranged

For more Information visit the Cancer Council NSW website:

Online Resources

Below are a number of highly recommended resources for cancer patients and their families/carers.

BeyondBlue is working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.

Breast Cancer Network Australia – Resource for Australians affected by breast cancer.

Cancer Council NSW – Valuable resource for anyone affected by cancer. To access information, professional support and services you can contact Cancer Council NSW directly.

Cancer Institute NSW EVIQ – EVIQ for Patients and Carers: A comprehensive resource guide to understanding cancer and cancer treatments

Canrefer – Canrefer is a directory set up by the Cancer Institute NSW to help general practitioners, other health professionals, patients and their family members find cancer services by cancer type and location in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

GI Cancer Institute – Frequently asked questions about Gastro-intestinal cancer.

Health Direct Australia– The A – Z of Healthy Living.

Leukaemia Foundation – Find out disease-specific information on diagnosis and treatment, as well as other aspects of living with a leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or related blood disorder.

Lung Foundation of Australia – Information on lung disease, its treatment, patient support and related issues.

Lymphoedema Support Group NSW – Provides information and education on lymphoedema.

Macmillan Cancer Support, United Kingdom – High quality, up-to-date cancer information for cancer patients, their families and carers. – Free resources, education, support, and hope for mesothelioma patients

Myeloma Foundation of Australia –Myeloma specific organisation in Australia supporting those touched by myeloma. Myeloma Australia provides up to date information and caring support via our specialist nurses. The Foundation services are all free of charge.

National Breast Cancer Foundation – Breast Cancer – the facts.

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – This website provides you with information on prostate health, prostate cancer, treatment, side effects and support.

Sexuality, Intimacy and Cancer – A guide for people with cancer and their partners by Cancer Council

Radiation Therapy for Cancer Treatment 1 in 2 cancer patients would benefit from radiation therapy at some time during their cancer experience. However, less than 1 in 3 patients in Australia and New Zealand will actually receive radiation therapy, learn more about radiation therapy at the Targeting Cancer website.