Cancer Council Community Support Coordinators had a busy 2015 helping thousands of Queensland cancer patients seek vital support.
More than 4500 Queenslanders received assistance through CCQ’s supportive care programs in 2015 alone.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the organisation’s supportive care programs were available statewide for metro and regional Queenslanders.
“In 2015 we provided 61 support and information sessions across the State, with 845 Queenslanders attending,” Ms Clift said.
“We provided support to 240 Queensland volunteers in peer support roles as part of our peer support programs, Cancer Connect and our hospital and lodge-based volunteer program.
“We’re also proud to have provided guidance and advice to group leaders and members of 93 community cancer support groups throughout 2015.
“Ensuring support and resources are available for all Queenslanders affected by all cancers is an ongoing priority for Cancer Council Queensland.
“Many cancer patients will experience psychological distress as a result of their diagnosis and treatment. Their families, friends, and communities will also be affected.
“We urge any Queenslander affected by any cancer to reach out for help and support through our work in the local community.”
Cancer Council’s Cancer Connect is a free and confidential service that connects patients, carers and loved ones with a trained volunteer with a similar cancer experience.
Cancer Council’s hospital and lodge-based volunteers engage trained volunteers to provide support and information to cancer patients and their families.
More than 25,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Queensland each year alone, and about 8000 people die from the disease.
Queenslanders are urged to reach out for support on Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland and supportive care is available at cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.
For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland
Ph: (07) 3634 5372 or 0409 001 171