Resources for Cancer information

Seeking information about cancer and cancer treatment options may assist you to feel more in control and prepared for what is happening.

Your capacity to absorb information can also be affected by a stressful event such as the diagnosis of cancer. With this in mind, we recommend that you approach this information with an open mind. Read what is relevant to you and take your time to absorb the content.

This cancer information is not designed to replace information provided by your treating doctor or health care team. We encourage you to talk with your doctor or health team about the questions and concerns you have. For further information, please feel free to call the Cancer Council on 13 11 20, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

The information available on this page should not be used as a substitute for advice from a properly qualified medical professional who can advise you about your own individual medical needs. It is not intended to constitute medical advice and is provided for general information purposes only. See our Disclaimer.

In this section you can find information on:

What is Cancer?

Defining cancer allows you to understand how cancer affects your body and prepare for what is happening.

Cancer will affect one in two Queenslanders in their lifetime. Learn what causes cancer and how they develop, grow and spread.

Initial diagnosis

If you have just been diagnosed with cancer, or have a family member or friend who is affected by cancer you may be feeling a range of strong emotions. You may be experiencing fear, anger, disbelief, sadness, guilt, loneliness, loss of control or distress. Each person has their own way of coping, and these are…

Cancer tests

Your doctors will perform a number of tests to obtain a diagnosis, determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of your body and develop a treatment plan. The tests you have depend greatly on the type of cancers and your specific symptoms. These tests may include: CT scan MRI scan PET scan Ultrasound…

Types of Cancer

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There are many types of cancer, each with its own treatment. Learn about specific cancer types.

Treatment decisions

Sometimes it is difficult to decide on the type of treatment to have. You may feel that everything is happening too fast. Check with your doctor how soon your treatment should start, and take as much time as you can before making a decision. Understanding the disease, the available treatments and possible side effects can…

Types of treatment

Your cancer treatment will depend on several factors, including the type of cancer you have, where it began and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. It will also depend on your general health and the type of treatment you choose and are prepared to have. In this section you will find…

Side-Effects

Treatment side effects vary depending on the type of cancer you had, its stage and the type of treatment you were given. The changes can be both physical and emotional. Some side effects resolve quickly; others can take weeks, months or even years to improve. Your body will cope with the treatment and recovery in…

Complementary Therapies

There are many reasons why people with cancer consider using complementary therapies, which are generally used in combination with conventional cancer treatment. They may offer you physical, emotional and spiritual support, reduce side effects from medical treatment, and improve quality of life. What are complementary therapies? Complementary therapies and medicines may help people cope better…

Living well after cancer

Many people now live for a long time after cancer treatment. After a cancer diagnosis, people are often kept very busy and preoccupied with medical appointments and the demands of treatment. The end of treatment may be a time when you realise the impact cancer had on you, your family and friends. Challenges will vary…

Carer support

A carer is someone who provides unpaid personal care and support to assist a person through a disease or disability such as cancer. Carers can provide support in different ways: practical, physical, emotional and spiritual. Anyone can be a carer – you may be a relative, friend or neighbour. You may be of any age,…

Advanced Cancer

Advanced cancer is a term commonly used to describe primary or secondary cancer that is unlikely to be cured. Health professionals may also use the terms secondary, metastatic, and progressive cancer to describe cancer that has moved beyond early stages. Sometimes health professionals don’t use a particular name. While advanced cancer usually cannot be cured,…

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Understanding cancer

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