Queenslanders with cancer urged to seek help in floods

Queenslanders affected by cancer are reminded to contact Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 for up-to-date advice and practical support in the wake of Cyclone Marcia crossing the coast today.

Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 is available between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, providing patients and their family and friends with the latest health service information and emotional support.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said access to treatment services and routines may be disrupted during and after a natural disaster, and people shouldn’t be afraid to seek help.

“If you, or someone you know, has cancer – it’s important to access the most up-to-date, accurate and reliable information during and after the flooding,” Ms Clift said.

“Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 can assist by providing cancer-related information, and a listening ear to those who need to talk about their experience.

“If your treatment plan has changed following an evacuation or flooding, you might have questions about what this means for you.

“Qualified health professionals are here to take your call and assist where possible. It’s also important to have an emergency plan in place in case new symptoms arise or you can’t access your local hospital.”

Cancer Council Queensland says precautions should also be taken during flood clean-up across the state.

People undergoing cancer treatment should avoid buildings affected by the floods, and contact with mud or mould at a clean-up site.

Washing hands regularly, drinking only bottled water or boiling water where the safety of drinking water cannot be confirmed, and preparing food with care are recommended precautions following a natural disaster.

Cancer Council Queensland also provides a Coping with cancer after a natural disaster factsheet online.

The factsheet provides information about emergency symptoms, advice if treatment plans or hospitals change and general advice about hygiene and living conditions.

People can access the factsheet at www.cancerqld.org.au, under the Need Support tab.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at via 13 11 20 or cancerqld.org.au.

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