More than half of Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer receive emotional and practical support from other survivors of the disease, a Queensland-first research study has found.
Cancer Council Queensland’s 1000 Survivor Study is an Australian-first project, assessing the physical, emotional and practical concerns of cancer survivors.
The study found 52.5 per cent of Queensland cancer survivors surveyed had another person with cancer share information about their diagnosis or treatment.
More than 40 per cent of respondents said they had received emotional support from someone with cancer, and 15 per cent had help to tell others about their diagnosis.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the results revealed that cancer survivors in this study found it helpful to connect with others who had a similar experience.
“Cancer survivors connecting with others who have been on a similar journey can provide strength, support to cope, practical advice, and understanding,” Ms Clift said.
“The majority of Queenslanders surveyed received helpful information about treatment options and diagnosis.
“Our survey indicates survivors also received help with treatment decisions, navigating the medical system, and activities for daily living.
“Cancer Council offers Cancer Connect, a free and confidential service that connects patients, carers and loved ones with trained volunteers who have had a similar experience.
“Volunteers can offer support before, during, or after treatment, and during recovery, practical information, hope and encouragement and a positive role model for recovery.
“We welcome new volunteers who have had an experience of cancer to join Cancer Connect and share their story to improve quality of life for current patients.”
Queenslanders interested in Cancer Connect, or volunteering for the program, can contact Cancer Council Queensland via 13 11 20 or cancerqld.org.au.
Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 is staffed by health professionals to offer support to all Queenslanders affected by cancer – whether their concern is physical, emotional or practical.
“If you know someone affected by cancer, encourage them to call 13 11 20,” Ms Clift said.
“We’re here to support all Queenslanders, affected by all cancers.”
The 1000 Survivor Study was undertaken in 2014 and surveyed 1031 men and women to better understand the physical, emotional and practical concerns of cancer survivors in Queensland.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.
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