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We have a large number of resources that can be downloaded to give you easy to read information about cancer, treatment, emotional and practical issues, and our support services.

These resources are meant to complement the information you receive from your health-care professionals. Each resource is reviewed regularly by cancer experts so you receive the most up to date information.

If you, or your family or friend, are affected by cancer, and would like a hard copy of any of the resources please call Cancer Council 13 11 20  Information and Support line to order.  For other orders please use our Online Resource Order form

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Types of Cancer

Information to help you to understand how different cancers are diagnosed and treated, and how to find extra support.

Understanding Anal Cancer

This fact sheet will help you understand more about anal cancer

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Understanding Bladder Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about bladder cancer

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Understanding Bowel Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about bowel cancer, which is also known as colorectal cancer

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Understanding Brain Tumours

This booklet will help you understand more about brain and spinal cord tumours

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Understanding Breast Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about early and locally advanced breast cancer

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Understanding Cancer of Unknown Primary

This booklet will help you understand more about Cancer of the Unknown Primary (CUP)

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Understanding Cancer of the Uterus

This booklet will help you understand more about cancer of the uterus, also called uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, womb cancer, or cancer of the lining of the womb

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Understanding Cervical Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about cervical cancer. This information is relevant for anyone with a cervix

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Understanding Head and Neck Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about head and neck cancers, a general term for a range of cancers in the mouth, nose, throat and neck areas

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Understanding Kidney Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about the most common type of kidney cancer - renal cell carcinoma (RCC)

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Understanding Cancer in the Liver

This booklet will help you understand more about cancer that affects the liver

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Understanding Lung Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about lung cancer

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Understanding Melanoma

This booklet will help you understand more about melanoma, a type of skin cancer

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Understanding Mesothelioma

This booklet will help you understand more about pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma

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Understanding Ovarian Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about ovarian cancer

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Understanding Pancreatic Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about pancreatic cancer

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Understanding Primary Bone Cancer

This fact sheet will help you understand more about primary bone cancer, also known as bone sarcoma

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Understanding Prostate Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about prostate cancer

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Understanding Secondary Bone Cancer

This fact sheet will help you understand more about secondary bone cancer

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Understanding Skin Cancer

This booklet will help you understand how the two most common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) - are diagnosed and treated

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Understanding Stomach and Oesophageal Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about cancer of the stomach and oesophagus

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Understanding Testicular Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about testicular cancer

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Understanding Thyroid Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about thyroid cancer

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Understanding Vulvar and Vaginal Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about vulvar and vaginal cancers

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Support During and After Treatment

There are many questions that might come up during and after your cancer treatment. You may have questions about exercise, nutrition, fertility and intimacy.

Cancer Support and Information

We offer a range of support services and information for those affected by cancer

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Nutrition and Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about nutrition and how to eat well before, during and after cancer treatment. We cover the guidelines for healthy eating and some of the common eating problems caused by cancer or its treatment

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Exercise for People Living with Cancer

This booklet will help you understand more about exercise, and provides information about the benefits of exercise during and after cancer treatment

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Fertility and Cancer

This booklet is for people who have questions about the impact of cancer treatments on their fertility

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Sexuality, Intimacy and Cancer

This booklet will help you understand the ways cancer and its treatment may affect your sexuality, sex life and relationships

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Cancer Care and Your Rights

This booklet is for people starting their journey through the health care system after a cancer diagnosis

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Cancer in the School Community

This guide is for school staff who would like to support students, families and colleagues affected by cancer. The content is relevant for all primary and secondary school staff throughout Australia. It may also be useful for parents, guardians, students and family members

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Living Well After Cancer

This booklet is for people who have finished their initial cancer treatment or are on maintenance therapies to try to prevent the cancer coming back

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Cancer Support Groups

This book is for community members and health professionals who are interested in setting up and leading a cancer support group

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Cancer Treatment

Your treatment will depend on the type of cancer you have. Your medical team will recommend treatment based on what will give you the best outcome, where the cancer is, whether and how the cancer has spread, your general health, and your preferences.

Understanding Radiation Therapy

This booklet will help you understand more about radiation therapy, one of the main treatments for cancer. Radiation therapy is also known as radiotherapy. Radiation therapy uses a controlled dose of radiation to kill cancer cells or damage them so they cannot grow, multiple or spread.

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Radiotherapy

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to explain Radiation Therapy. Radiotherapy or Radiation Therapy is a common way to treat cancer.

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Chemotherapy

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to explain Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a common way to treat cancer, and works on your whole body by travelling through your body to kill the cancer.

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Understanding Surgery

This booklet will help you understand more about surgery, one of the main treatments for cancer. Surgery is a procedure to remove cancer from the body or repair a part of the body affected by cancer. It's sometimes called an operation or surgical resection, and is performed by a surgeon

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Understanding Breast Prostheses and Reconstruction

This booklet is for women who have had, or are considering, a partial or complete removal or one or both breasts (mastectomy). The surgery may have been because of cancer or to prevent cancer

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Understanding Clinical Trials and Research

This booklet will help you understand more about clinical research, with a focus on clinical trials. It provides an overview of different types of health research and outlines how to get involved in a clinical trial

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Understanding Immunotherapy

This fact sheet will help you understand more about checkpoint immunotherapy, a treatment offered to some people with cancer. Immunotherapy is a type of drug that uses the body's own immune system to fight cancer.

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Understanding Targeted Therapy

This fact sheet will help you understand more about targeted therapy, a treatment offered to some people with cancer. This is a type of drug that attacks specific features of cancer cells, known as molecular targets, to stop cancer growing and spreading.

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Understanding Complementary Therapies

This booklet will help you understand more about complementary therapies which are used in combination with conventional cancer treatment

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Understanding Chemotherapy

This booklet will help you understand more about chemotherapy, one of the main treatments for cancer. Chemotherapy treats cancer using a range of drugs. Chemotherapy (sometimes just called chemo) is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells.

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Side Effects

Treatment side effects vary depending on the type of cancer you have, the stage of the cancer, and the type of treatment you are given. The changes can be both physical and emotional.

Hair Loss

This factsheet provides information on hair loss that may result as a side effect of cancer treatment. Any treatment which acts on rapidly dividing cancer cells can also affect other rapidly dividing cells such as hair follicles

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Understanding Lymphoedema

This factsheet will help you understand more about secondary lymphoedema, a possible side effect of cancer treatments. Lymphoedema is the swelling that develops when lymph fluid builds up in the tissues under the skin or sometimes deeper in the abdomen and chest areas.

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Fatigue and Cancer

This fact sheet will help you understand more about fatigue, a common side effect of cancer and cancer treatments. Fatigue is when you feel very tired, weak, drained or worn out

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Understanding Taste and Smell Changes

This fact sheet will help you understand more about the possible effects of cancer treatments on your experience of eating. Some treatments can change the taste and smell of your food, or the feeling of food in your mouth

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Mouth Health and Cancer Treatment

This fact sheet will help you understand the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery that affect the mouth area

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Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy

This fact sheet will help you understand more about the nerve condition known as peripheral neuropathy, which sometimes happens as a result of cancer or cancer treatment

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Understanding Changes in Thinking and Memory

This fact sheet will help you understand more about changes to your memory and the way you think that you may experience as a result of cancer treatment. It provides suggestions about how to manage your day-to-day tasks and improve thinking and memory

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Coping with Cancer

Most people will experience strong emotions after a cancer diagnosis, not only when they first hear that it’s cancer, but also at various times during or after treatment. You may have many questions about your emotions or pain. Or you may be a partner or a carer who has some questions.

Coping with Hair Loss

Hair loss can be a side effect of some cancer treatments.

Support for Children

Explaining a diagnosis of cancer to children or teenagers can feel difficult and overwhelming. Here are some resources to help get the conversation started.

Cancer and Work

Employment and Cancer

This fact sheet answers some common questions people have about their rights at work. It explains the law that applies to most employees in Australia

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Superannuation and Cancer

This fact sheet provides information about your super if you are affected by cancer

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Dealing with Debts

A cancer diagnosis can cause financial difficulty. This fact sheet provides information for people who are having trouble paying their debts

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Help with Bills

Electricity, gas, water and phone bills can cause financial difficulty. This fact sheet explains options to help you pay your utility bills

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New Insurance Policies

This fact sheet explains the law in relation to getting insurances. It sets out your rights and responsibilities when you apply for an insurance policy, and when you can lawfully be refused insurance

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Understanding Family Law

This fact sheet covers family law specific to people who are unwell, including with cancer

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Getting Your Affairs in Order

This fact sheet explains the key issues involved in getting your affairs in order

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What Happens to Debts after Death

This fact sheet explains what happens to debts after a person dies

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Your Role as Executor

If you have been named as the executor of a will, you will need to carry out the terms of a will. This fact sheet gives information about this

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Legal, Financial and Work Issues

The Cancer Council Pro Bono Program can help you if you or someone in your family has cancer, and you need legal, financial or workplace advice

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Cancer and Your Finances

This booklet can help you manage your finances after a cancer diagnosis

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Cancer in the Workplace

Guides for managers and human resource professionals

Advanced Cancer

Advanced cancer is the term used to describe cancer that is unlikely to be cured. It may be primary or secondary cancer.

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

This information is written for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It gives information about some cancer types, treatment, and some tips on coping with the practical issues that cancer can cause.

What is Cancer?

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people explaining what cancer is.

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

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Leukaemia

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people explaining what Leukaemia is. Leukeamia is a problem with how white blood cells are made

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Radiotherapy

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to explain Radiation Therapy. Radiotherapy or Radiation Therapy is a common way to treat cancer.

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Chemotherapy

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to explain Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a common way to treat cancer, and works on your whole body by travelling through your body to kill the cancer.

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Surgery

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to explain Surgery. Surgery is a common way to remove some cancers, but not all cancers are removed with surgery

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Bowel Cancer

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people explaining what bowel cancer is

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Head and Neck Cancers

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people explaining what head and neck cancer is

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Lung Cancer

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to explain what lung cancer is

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Lymphoma

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to explain what is lymphoma and how will I know if I have it? If lymphoma cancer is found and treated early, you have a good chance of getting better.

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Prostate Cancer

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men explaining what prostate cancer is

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What Men Should Know about Cancer

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men about the types of cancer men can get, and learning to identify the early signs of cancer to cut down the risk of getting cancer

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Breast Cancer

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people explaining what breast cancer is

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Cervical Cancer

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women explaining what Cervical cancer is

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Cancer of the Uterus

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women explaining what Cancer of the Uterus is

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How Can I Help?

A fact sheet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Finding out a family member or friend has cancer is no good, but there are many ways to show your concern or offer support

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Help Getting to Treatment?

Having treatment for cancer often means a lot of travel to and from a hospital or treatment facility, which may be far from home. This fact sheet gives tips for getting to and from treatment using your own car or using community transport

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Help with Money?

This fact sheet gives tips for help with money problems because cancer can affect your life in many ways, and can mean you have less money

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Information in Other Languages

On the Road to Recovery - Cantonese

This booklet, written in Cantonese, is for people who have finished treatment for cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy

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On the Road to Recovery - Mandarin

This booklet, written in Mandarin, is for people who have finished treatment for cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy

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On the Road to Recovery - Greek

This booklet, written in Greek, is for people who have finished treatment for cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy

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On the Road to Recovery - Arabic

This booklet, written in Arabic, is for people who have finished treatment for cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy

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On the Road to Recovery - Vietnamese

This booklet, written in Vietnamese, is for people who have finished treatment for cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy

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On the Road to Recovery - Italian

This booklet, written in Italian, is for people who have finished treatment for cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy

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On the Road to Recovery - Hindi

This booklet, written in Hindi, is for people who have finished treatment for cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy

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On the Road to Recovery - Tagalog

This booklet, written in Tagalog, is for people who have finished treatment for cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy

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On the Road to Recovery - English

This booklet is for people who have finished treatment for cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy

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What to Expect Guides

A lot can happen in a hurry when you’re diagnosed with cancer. The guides below can help you make sense of what should happen. They will help you with what questions to ask your health professionals to make sure you receive the best care at every step.

What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

Learn about the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway

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What to Expect guide

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These guides are also available in Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Hindi and Tagalog. Scroll to the bottom of the guide for the cancer you are interested in to find the other language versions.