SUPPORT GROUPS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Many cancer support groups are open to patients and carers. A support group can offer the chance to share experiences and ways of coping. All support groups allow survivors to interact with others in similar situations. Support groups can meet in person and are also online.
Internet support groups can be a big help to people with computers who live in rural areas or who have trouble getting to meetings. Some Internet groups are sponsored by cancer organisations and are monitored, while others are not. While online groups can provide valuable emotional support, they may not always offer correct medical information.
Be careful about any cancer information you get from the web. Check with your doctor before making any changes to your lifestyle, based on what you read.
Cancer Care Helpline 13 11 20
Dietitians Association of Australia Hotline 1800 812 942
Life Goes On HOPELINE 24 hour support 1300 364 673
Lifeline 13 11 14 for 24-hour crisis telephone counselling
Men’s Line Australia 1300 789 978
A 7 day a week service for men with family and relationship difficulties
National Prescribing Service Medicine Line 1300 888 763
Independent information on medicines
Palliative Care Information Service 1800 772 273
Smokenders Australia Helpline 1800 021 000
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
(24 hours) for URGENT Crisis Service numbers/advice
Support Services, directories, resources and information
Cancer Services Directory
Online directory for palliative and end-of-life care services
Australia Depression and Chronic Illness
Support Groups for survivors of cancer
Kidney Cancer Support Network
Kidney Cancer Association
Kidney Cancer Canada
Kidney Cancer Bloggers
People Living with Cancer
Kidney Cancer Support Service – 1800 4 543639 or email email@example.com – if you have any questions on Kidney Cancer.
Updated 26 March 2013