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

The emotional impact of 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. Cancer is a serious disease, the treatment may take a long time and can be demanding, and there are many periods of…

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

After a cancer diagnosis, people are often kept busy and preoccupied with medical appointments and the demands of treatment. Coming to the end of treatment may be a time when you notice the impact cancer had on you, your family and friends.Many people live for a long time after cancer treatment. The challenges you face…

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,…