Information about cancer, treatment and side effects

We have a large number of resources that can be downloaded to give you easy to read information about cancer, treatment and side effects.

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 can receive the most up to date information.

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

Types of Cancer

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













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.



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.



Advanced Cancer

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

Guides to Best Cancer Care

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.

Guide to Best Cancer Care Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care BCC & SCC

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Bowel Cancer

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Breast Cancer

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care CUP

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Endometrial Cancer

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Head and Neck Cancer

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care High Grade Glioma

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Liver Cancer

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Lung Cancer

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Lymphoma

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Melanoma

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Oesophagogastric Cancer

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Ovarian Cancer

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Pancreatic Cancer

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Pleural Mesothelioma

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Prostate Cancer

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

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Guide to Best Cancer Care Sarcoma

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

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Cancer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

What to expect for your type of cancer

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Checking for Cancer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

What to expect when you are getting checked out

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Many of these guides are also available in Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Hindi and Tagalog. Download a version in your language.