6 ways we can help if someone from your mob is affected by cancer

Cancer Council NSW

Finding out that you or someone from your mob has cancer can be challenging.

That’s why we want to help you understand the various ways that Cancer Council can help you navigate this difficult experience.

Here are 6 ways we can help if you or someone from your mob are affected by cancer.

1. Get help with travel and a place to stay

If you need to travel a long way for cancer treatment, we can help you and your mob find transport and a place to stay.

We understand the importance of being close to your support network during this challenging time.

We might also be able to offer services to help with household chores, such as cleaning, to ease the burden on you and your mob.

2. Help with bills or legal worries

Money worries can add to the stress of a cancer diagnosis.

If you’re worried about money, we can find someone to help you sort out bills and money troubles. If cancer has caused legal problems for you, we may be able to help you find a lawyer to support you.

3. Find information

We have many resources, including booklets, fact sheets, and tailored information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Whether you’re seeking information about specific types of cancer, treatment options, or coping strategies, you can find these resources at your treatment centre, on our website, or by giving us a call so we can post them to you.

4. Hear stories from community

It can help to read stories from mob who have experienced cancer and learn how they coped and how family can help.

Visit aboriginal.cancercouncil.com.au to access stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been affected by cancer.

5. Yarn with others

If you find it helpful to yarn to other people affected by cancer, we may be able to put you in touch with someone who has had a similar cancer, or with a counsellor.

There may also be telephone or face-to-face support groups that you can join, and you can visit our Online Community. The Online Community is available at any time, offering a safe space for support and connection.

6. Talk with our health professionals

We can answer your questions about cancer, and help you find support services where you live.

Call 13 11 20 Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm to speak to someone from our team.

We’ll be able to help you access relevant support services in your local area, because you and your mob don’t need to face cancer alone. Need support?

Call Cancer Council on 13 11 20, or email us and we’ll call you back.

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