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:

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