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Guides to Best Cancer Care

OPTIMAL CARE PATHWAYS – Guides to best cancer care 
These short guides help patients understand the optimal cancer care that should be provided when diagnosed with cancer, and what questions to ask your health professionals to make sure you receive the best care at every step. Carers, family and friends may also find them helpful.

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Supportive Care

Supportive care refers to services required by those affected or impacted by cancer. It includes among other things information provision, symptom control, self-help and social support, psychological and spiritual support, rehabilitation, palliative care and bereavement care. Supportive care activities in cancer can be broadly defined by the following five categories:


  • Physical needs;

  • Psychological needs;

  • Social needs;

  • Information needs; and

  • Spiritual needs.

Supportive care can be optimised through routine screening and follow-on referrals to appropriate treatment and care services. Members of the multidisciplinary team as well as family members, friends, support groups, volunteers and other community-based organisations can all play an important role in a cancer patients’ supportive care.

Benefits provided by Supportive Care for those affected by cancer include:


  • A positive impact on experiences of patients by reducing levels of anxiety and depression, better managing physical symptoms and increasing patient knowledge of the disease and treatment;

  • Improved medical outcomes through better adherence to treatment including faster recovery, fewer post-hospital complications, enhanced self-care and greater ability to cope with difficult treatments; and

  • Enhanced decision-making, active participation and care and improved patient satisfaction with care.


There are many support services available to access. Please click on the following links:

Source: Department of Health, Victoria (2009): Providing optimal cancer care. Supportive care policy for Victoria.

Consumer Engagement

GRICS Consumer Reference Group


The GRICS Consumer Reference Group (CRG) was established in 2010 and has matured to provide a unique perspective reflecting on what services our community might value and anticipate. Its members offer a valued and meaningful contribution to the projects GRICS undertake across the region.


Consumer participation acknowledges and values the input of patients, carers and community members who have experienced the cancer journey. GRICS is committed to ensuring that the CRG is a positive, information sharing partnership. As such, CRG members inform GRICS about the needs of local cancer patients and any gaps in service delivery they identify and share any pertinent information and knowledge garnered from the meetings across their local community networks. Membership is open to anyone with a lived experience of cancer, including carers.

For more information, please contact Michelle or Hayley on 03 5128 0138 or alternately click on the following button.

Multidisciplinary Team Meetings

A cancer multidisciplinary meeting (MDM) is where a team of health professionals meet to:

  • Review tests and scans

  • Consider all the treatment options and best practice guidelines

  • Make an individualised recommended treatment plan for each patient


For more information about MDMs in Gippsland please see: Multidisciplinary meetings: Understanding how your care is planned


For more information on multidisciplinary care in Victoria please see: DHHS Website

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are an important way of testing the efficacy of new treatment options for cancer patients. Participation in a clinical trial is voluntary and open to anyone who meets the specified criteria outlined in the research protocol. Please note, some clinical trials can use exclusionary criteria such as age, gender, stage of disease or medical history when determining an applicants’ eligibility to participate in a clinical trial.

All clinical trials must be approved by a Victorian Human Research Ethics Committee before recruitment of volunteers can take place. The approvals process provides participants with assurances that:


  • Rights of cancer patients have been carefully considered in the research proposal; and

  • Benefits and risks have been rigorously tested against best-practice standards.


For more information on available clinical trial activity within Victoria please click on the following links:

The Victorian Clinical Trials Link

The Victorian Clinical Trials Link (VCTL) is a searchable portal of all cancer clinical trials in Victoria. It provides quick and easy access to cancer clinical trials for both clinicians and consumers. New and existing clinical trials are updated on the VCTL regularly by Cancer Council Victoria staff. The VCTL houses information about specific treatment intervention clinical trials that are being conducted in Victoria and available to patients, as well as general information and resources about clinical trials.


The VCTL comes in two forms; an app which is available to download for your Apple or Android phone and a website which can be accessed by visiting

For general information on clinical trials operating in Australia please click on the following link:


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