How to cope with cancer

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…

Carer support

A carer provides unpaid care and support to a person who needs their assistance because of a disease such as cancer, or disability, mental illness or ageing. Anyone can be a carer regardless of your age, sex, sexuality, profession or cultural background. You may still be adjusting to the news that you need to care…

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…

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,…