Cancer is a disease that affects not only the patient, but also their loved ones and it can be a difficult journey, both physically and emotionally. Fortunately, there are many resources and support available to help cancer patients and their families cope with the challenges that come with this diagnosis.
One of the best resources for cancer patients and their families is support groups. Support groups provide a safe space for individuals to share their experiences, fears and concerns with others who are going through the same thing. It can be incredibly helpful to connect with people who understand what you are going through and can offer encouragement and support.
There are many types of support groups available, including those specifically for patients, caregivers and family members. Some support groups meet in person, while others are online. Many hospitals and cancer centres offer support groups too, so be sure to ask your healthcare provider for information on those located in your area.
A cancer diagnosis is a very stressful and emotional experience for both patients and their families. Knowing that there are various counselling services available is a comfort and can provide emotional support while helping individuals cope with the challenges of cancer. Counsellors are qualified to help patients and their families deal with anxiety, depression and other emotional issues that may arise during the cancer journey.
As with support groups, hospitals and cancer centres also offer counselling services, and some health insurance plans may cover the cost. If you are unable to access counselling services through your healthcare provider, there are many online counselling services available such as the Cancer Council, Redkite and Canteen Connect.
Financial Assistance Programs
Cancer treatments can add financial pressures to individuals and there families and many families struggle to manage the financial burdens during their treatment. Fortunately, there are many financial assistance programs available to help cancer patients and their families. These programs can aid with medical bills, transportation costs and other expenses related to cancer treatment.
Many hospitals and cancer centres have social workers who can provide information on financial assistance programs. There are also many non-profit organisations that provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families.
Supportive Care products
Using supportive care products to help manage the side effects of cancer treatments can support cancer patients and assist, such as restoring gut health with enterade® Advanced Oncology Formula, Ice Cold Gloves and Socks to help manage potential issues of peripheral neuropathy, Follact Restore Healthy Hair Care for scalp and hair treatment and EZbra® for post-surgical wound care. Explore all your options and talk to your healthcare professional to ensure this benefits your plan.
In addition to local resources, there are many online resources available to cancer patients and their families. These resources can provide information on cancer treatment, coping strategies and support groups. Some popular online resources include:
Cancer Council Online Community (https://onlinecommunity.cancercouncil.com.au/ ) – The Cancer Council’s website provides information on cancer treatment, support groups and financial assistance programs.
Healthdirect (https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/caring-for-someone-with-cancer ) – Health direct provides information on counselling services, support groups and educational resources for cancer patients and their families.
Cancer Australia (https://www.canceraustralia.gov.au/impacted-cancer/cancer-support-organisations ) – Cancer Australia is a government website that provides information on cancer treatment, survivorship, and support services.
Cancer is a difficult journey, but there are many resources and support available to help patients and their families cope with the challenges that come with this diagnosis. Aurora Direct can also help patients be prepared to manage some of the side effects of cancer treatments and help patients take control and feel stronger with specialised products, gifting and books.
If you or a loved one is facing cancer, don't hesitate to reach out for help. There is no need to face this journey alone.