What may help

Talking with your Doctor

It is sometimes hard to tell your health professional that you need more help. Research has shown that it helps to take a list of questions to consultations with your cancer doctors. That way, you are both focused on what is important and relevant to you at that time.

The Needs Assessment Tool-Patients can help you identify your concerns and may be a way of raising palliative care as an option for you.

For more information

The following organisations can provide information on palliative care and what services are available in your area:

  • Commonwealth Carelink Centre – phone Freecall 1800 052 222
  • Palliative Care Australia – phone (02) 6232 0700 to use the National Palliative Care Service Directory to find details of services in your area.

Alternatively, you can contact the palliative care body in your state:

Other information resources include:

  • The Cancer Council booklet Understanding Palliative Care is available by calling the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
  • Cancer Council Victoria’s booklet When Cancer Won’t Go Away, available by calling the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.

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Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.

Last updated 30 August 2015