Many people want to be involved in discussions about treatment choices. The links below will take you to information to help you talk with your doctor about the best treatment choices for you, or someone you care about:
Support information and services
The cancer optimal care pathways can help you make sense of what should happen. They will help you with what questions to ask your health professionals, to make sure you receive the best care at every step.
Cancer Council Victoria provide information about working in partnership with health care providers and taking an active role in your care, if you wish to do so.
Australian Cancer Trials provides information on what is a clinical trial, when a clinical trial might be the right option for your treatment and how to access clinical trials in Australia.
Australian clinical trials provides information to consumers on what is a clinical trial, why and how to be a part of a clinical trial, how to be a part of a clinical trial as well as patient stories of their experiences with clinical trials.
The Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry is an online registry of clinical trials being undertaken in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.
Cancer Council Victoria offer a free telephone peer support program to connect people considering participating in a clinical trial, with someone who has been treated in a clinical trial.
Advance care planning promotes care that is consistent with a person’s goals, values, beliefs and preferences. It prepares the person and others to plan for future health care, for a time when the person may no longer be able to communicate those decisions themselves.
What to Expect: When treatment finishes
It is common for people who have been affected by cancer to experience a range of effects both physical and emotional well after treatment has completed. The links below will take you to reputable services and supports.
Cancer Council Victoria provides information and support for people affected by a cancer diagnosis well after treatment has finished.
There are a number of emotional, physical, practical and social challenges that cancer survivors may face once they finish treatment. The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre can help with these challenges.
The Cancer Wellness program is an education forum designed for people who have completed cancer treatment, their families and friends.
Palliative care is not just care provided in the final stages of life, but will help you to live well with a life-limiting condition. Many people have long-term interactions with their palliative care team, seeing them during the course of their illness.