Consumer and community engagement is vital to the work of HRICS
- Mr Michael Kalimnios, HRICS Chair
What is Cancer?
Cancer is the growth of abnormal (malignant) cells which grow in an uncontrolled manner in any part of the body. Normally, cells in the body repair and grow in a controlled manner. This system is maintained by having ‘checkpoints’ within the body that ensure the growth of healthy cells. When this system fails for whatever reason, cancer can occur. These cancer cells can then spread (metastasise) to other parts of the body via the lymphatic system or bloodstream.
INFORMATION ABOUT CANCER
Cancer Council Australia provides up-to-date information that is both accurate and reliable in regards to all aspects of cancer care. Information covered in this website includes, but is not limited to such concerns as: what is cancer, types of cancer, diagnosis and treatment, and managing side effects.
The link to this website is provided below: www.cancer.org.au
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH A DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER
The Cancer Council website provides a guide as to what happens when you are diagnosed with cancer and assists in ensuring you receive the best possible care.
OPTIONS FOR CARE
The following organisations provide cancer care to patients within the Hume region. Discuss with your oncologist, or radiation oncologist, as to where you would like to receive your cancer treatment. Depending upon your diagnosis and treatment pathway, you may be required to travel to Melbourne for treatment that is not available in regional areas.
Supportive care means the provision of services, information and resources a person may need:
• before and after a cancer diagnosis
• during treatment
• after treatment
People with cancer have diverse supportive care needs across the care pathway. These needs could be:
Depending on your needs you can be referred to other local services such as a dietician or social worker to help support you.
WeCan is an Australian supportive care website to help people affected by cancer find the information, resources and support services they may need following a diagnosis of cancer. The site provides easy access to the many excellent resources, services and information developed by other organisations who specialise in cancer and community support.
Cancer Council Australia
Cancer Council Victoria
Cancer Council NSW
Accessing Support Groups:
Please contact your local Cancer Centre to speak to the relevant support nurse to link you into a cancer support group in your area.
Cancer Council Victoria:
Cancer Council NSW:
What is palliative care?
When an illness cannot be cured, the focus of care changes to helping people to have the best quality of life possible while managing their symptoms. Palliative care concentrates on maintaining quality of life by addressing physical symptoms, such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath etc. It also helps with emotional, social and spiritual needs. Palliative care services support the person who is ill, as well as their carers and family.
Who is palliative care for?
Palliative care can be introduced at the time of diagnosis, during the course of the illness, at the end of life and in bereavement. Palliative care can be given alongside treatments provided by other doctors or services. Palliative care may increase, reduce or stop, as your needs change. It is not limited to the last days or weeks of life.
Where is palliative care provided?
Palliative care is provided in the home, residential aged care facilities, hospitals and other health care centres.
What does palliative care offer?
The palliative care service provides home visit palliative care consultation, offering advice, support and assistance to people to help make informed choices about care options.
Palliative care services offer:
• Specialist palliative care assessments;
• Care coordination;
• Symptom support, advice and management;
• Practical support for everyday activities;
• Equipment loans;
• Individual and family emotional support;
• Bereavement care; and
• After hours telephone advice from specialist palliative care nurses.
Palliative care team includes:
• Specialist Palliative Care Nurses
• Bereavement support workers
• Family Support workers
• Volunteers and Volunteer Coordinators
• The teams work closely with other health professionals including (but not limited to) Physicians, GP’s and District Nurses.
• The teams are supported with secondary consultation and advice from the East Hume Palliative Care Consultancy Services, the Goulburn Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service and St Vincent’s Health Specialist Palliative Care Physicians.
How can I access the palliative care service?
You and your family can contact the service directly or be referred by your GP or other healthcare provider. The person being referred must consent to the referral and the involvement of their local GP to support care needs.
If you are not sure if palliative care is for you, call your nearest palliative care service or GP for a discussion and advice.
Community Palliative Care Services in the Hume Region
Benalla Palliative Care Service
Ph: (03) 5761 4207
Fax: (03) 5761 4211
Goulburn Valley Hospice Care Service
Ph: (03) 5822 0068
Fax: (03) 5831 6570
Lower Hume Palliative Care Service
Ph: (03) 5735 8070
Fax: (03) 5735 8067
Moira Palliative Care Service
Ph: (03) 5862 0558
Fax: (03) 5862 0569
NHW Palliative Care Service
Northeast Health Wangaratta
Ph: (03) 5722 5184
Fax: (03) 5722 5419
Wodonga Palliative Care Service
Albury Wodonga Health
Ph: (02) 6051 7423
Fax: (02) 6058 4314
For further information:
Go to Palliative Care Victoria including the Victorian palliative care service search directory.
Clinical trials are medical research studies that aim to find a more effective way to manage a particular disease. The purpose of a clinical trial is to evaluate new approaches to learn how people respond to them and what side effects might occur as a result. Clinical trials are considered to be part of best practice medicine and are one of many options for treatment of a disease or illness. Talk to your medical practitioner to seek advice on clinical trials.
Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Register http://www.anzctr.org.au/
Australian Cancer Trials Registry
Cancer Council Victoria’s Cancer Australia-Australian Cancer Trials
Cancer Institute NSW
Cancer Trials Australia
GV Health Oncology Clinical Trials
GV Health currently participates in national and international trials to access new treatments that contribute to medical research. For enquiries about current trials or participation, contact the Clinical Trials Co-Ordinator on (03) 5832 3777.
Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Oncology Clinical Trials
Border Medical Oncology
Ph: 02 6064 1515
Fax: 02 6064 1516
Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre(ACSC)
Over 1 million Australians are living with or beyond their cancer diagnosis.
This is due to advances in early detection, better treatments and ageing of the population. Many of these people go on to lead normal if not extraordinary lives, while for some cancer has a lasting impact. This can include ongoing side effects of treatment, fear of a cancer relapse or other physical, emotional, financial and social concerns.
In the past, cancer care has focused on diagnosis and treatment. However, international research shows it is just as important to help cancer survivors cope with life beyond their acute treatment. It is important that survivors receive the right information and support at the right time.
Cancer Wellness Programs
Clinical research has established exercise as a safe and effective intervention to counteract many of the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment. Find out more about exercise and cancer using the buttons below.
GOULBURN & OVENS MURRAY
Cancer Wellness & Exercise Program
This free 8-week exercise and education program can provide you with information and help, and also help you and those around you develop practical strategies for managing life now and moving to wellness.
This program is run by trained health professionals, supported by Cancer Council Victoria, GV Health, Northeast Health, NCN Health & Seymour Health.
This local group program can assist you to:
• Increase your fitness and strength
• Improve your ability to perform daily tasks
• Learn how to manage life now
• Identify local support services available
• Better manage fatigue
• Adjust to physical and emotional changes after cancer treatment
To find out more about the Cancer Wellness & Exercise program please contact your local health service:
GV Health: Allied Health team on 1800 222 582 (select option 4)
Northeast Health Wangaratta: (03)5722 5523
NCN Health Numurkah: (03) 5832 0560
Seymour Health: (03) 5735 8050
Albury Wodonga Health / Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre
The AWRCC wellness program offers an exercise program (currently held virtually), mindfulness sessions, physio and massage.
Call the Wellness Centre Coordinator on 02 6064 1562 for further details
Primary Care Connect – Community Cancer Exercise Program
This is a continuation of the GV Health Cancer Wellness & Exercise Program. The program is available a few times per week and requires a referral from the GVH exercise physiologist post completion of the GV Health Cancer Wellness & Exercise Program.
Primary Care Connect
399 Wyndham Street,
Phone: (03) 5823 3200