Cancer services

ACT Health conducts oncology outpatient clinics at a number of locations in Canberra and rural NSW.

Canberra Region Cancer Centre includes Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Haematology and Immunology. The service provides oncology clinics in the ACT and South Eastern NSW, including Young, Goulburn, Bega and Moruya.

For a complete list of hospitals and health services in the South East region of New South Wales, see this listing from NSW Health.

For serious illness or injury requiring urgent attention, call 000 or go to your local hospital Emergency Department.

Canberrra Region Cancer Centre

For more information, visit the Canberrra Region Cancer Centre section of this website.

Guide to Patient Support and Regional Cancer Services

See this comprehensive information for cancer patients, carers and families in the ACT and surrounding region.

Download: Guide to Patient Support and Regional Cancer Services (October 2012) (PDF File - 1636k)

Cancer services A-Z

An ACT organisation for women with breast cancer. Phone 0419 698 188 for further information.

This National Breast Cancer Centre website is for men with breast cancer, their families and friends and anyone else who would like to know more about breast cancer in men. Breast cancer is uncommon in men, accounting for less than 1% of all breast cancers. In Australia in 2001, a total of 95 men were diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer in men occurs more commonly in those aged 50 years and older.

Breast Cancer Network Australia is a peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by breast cancer. Working to ensure that Australians diagnosed with breast cancer and their families receive the very best information, treatment, care and support possible, no matter who they are or where they live. Represented by the Pink Lady silhouette, which depicts the focus; the women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Order online or call 1300 78 55 62 to order your free My Journey Kit which is a comprehensive information resource for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

BreastScreen ACT offers screening mammography service free to all women aged over 40 years of age in the ACT. Regular mammography screening is recommended for women aged 50-74. Contact 13 2050 to make an appointment.

Camp Quality is a non profit organisation committed to bringing hope and happiness to every child living with cancer, their families and communities through ongoing quality recreational, educational and financial support programs.

A local website dedicated to helping cancer patients and their carers locate reliable web cancer resources.

The Cancer Council ACT is a community organisation that provides information, health awareness, health education, supportive care services and research grants, aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the ACT community. Contact the Cancer Helpline on 131120.

As Australia's peak non-Government cancer control organisation, Cancer Council Australia advises the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and control cancer. They also advocate for the rights of cancer patients for best treatment and supportive care.

The Canberra Hospital's cancer services comprise several highly skilled teams, including medical and radiation oncology, haematology, surgery, bone marrow transplant and palliative care. The hospital provides comprehensive services to patients with cancer and related illnesses, and their carers. Call Canberra Region Cancer Centre on (02) 6174 8444.

This webpage provides a comprehensive listing of cancer support groups active in the Canberra region, when they meet and who to contact.

The Cancer Support Group (former ACT Eden Monaro Support Group) provides financial assistance and emotional support to cancer patients and their families, dealing with all ages and all cancers. Phone (02) 6297 1261 for further information.

CanTeen is the Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer. On this website you will find information about what CanTeen does and how it supports young people living with cancer.

The Carers ACT counselling service offers carers an opportunity to discuss their concerns. To contact a counsellor, phone Carers ACT on (02) 6296 9900, contact the Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre on 1800 242 636 or email:

Do you need up-to-date, relevant advice and information about any aspect of caring for someone, or perhaps specialised counselling relating to your caring role? If so, then you may find the Network of Carer Associations extremely useful. These centres are an excellent resource if you're looking for support groups and educational programs for carers. Phone 1800 242 636 for more information.

Do you feel like you need to "take a break" from your caring role? Carers ACT can organise for you to take a break through the Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre. Contact us on 1800 059 059 to speak to a Respite Coordinator andfind out more about our respite services.

Dragons Abreast Australia promotes breast cancer awareness and education, primarily, but not exclusively, through the sport of dragon boat racing. We offer an opportunity to get fit, share laughs and most important of all have lots of fun with those who have also travelled the journey with breast cancer. We provide a beacon of hope and inspiration and personalise the breast cancer statistics. Call 1300 889 566 or email (ACT Coordinator) or (Regional Representative)

IPTAS provides assistance to permanent residents of the ACT towards travel accommodation expenses incurred when referred interstate for medical treatment not available in the ACT. Visit this webpage for full details of eligilibility and allowances.

The Leukaemia Foundation is here to help you, your family and your carers throughout the journey - from diagnosis, treatment to recovery.

Look Good, Feel Better is a free community service program dedicated to helping women manage the appearance related side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, thereby helping to restore their appearance and self image. Workshops alternate between the Oncology Conference Room at Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital. Contact Sister Melva Waters via Calvary Hospital reception on (02) 6201 6111. People interested in volunteering can telephone (02) 6258 7796.

The lymphoedema service at Calvary public hospital provides monthly clinics; physiotherapy, including education in care of affected limbs and fitting of compression garments; nutrition to provide advice, education and support with weight management; and counselling to help you live with lymphoedema and develop coping strategies.

Macmillan cancer support Macmillan cancer support (UK) provides expert, up-to-date information in plain English online. All information is written and reviewed by specialists.

A list of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) locations in the Australian Capital Territory that can be claimed on Medicare.

The make a wish foundation spreads magic and joy to over 4,000 children and young people across Australia with life-threatening illnesses, by granting their most cherished wishes.

Being medicinewise will help you make better health decisions for you and those you care for. We all take medicines, but too often we take them for granted. Being medicinewise will help you to get the most benefit from your medicines.

The National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre (NBOCC) is Australia's independent national authority and information source on breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Funded by the Australian Government, NBOCC works in partnership with health professionals, cancer organisations, researchers, governments and those diagnosed to improve outcomes in breast and ovarian cancer.

This U.S. institute conducts and fosters cancer research; reviews and approves grant-in-aid applications to support promising research projects on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; and collects, analyzes, and disseminates the results of cancer research conducted in the United States and in other countries.

Health Directorate conducts oncology outpatient clinics at a number of locations in Canberra and rural NSW. Full outpatient and inpatient chemotherapy treatment is available at most locations. Patients must have a valid referral from their general practitioner or from another specialist. See the attached webpage for details of oncology clinics at Canberra's leading hospitals, and outreach clinics in Bega, Moruya and Goulburn.

The Otis Foundation provides opportunities for those living with breast cancer to enjoy a safe and relaxing time of sanctuary in a beautiful country environment. The Foundation has constructed a bushland retreat on a stunning block of land in the Mandurang Valley near Bendigo in Central Victoria to enable people living with breast cancer to enjoy a time of restoration, relaxation and rejuvenation without having to pay for accommodation.

This site has been developed by the education committee of The Australian Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC) with funding from the Lions International Clubs of Australia to assist men affected by prostate cancer and their families.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA plays a vital role in the fight against prostate cancer and devotes all of it resources towards reducing the impact of prostate cancer on the community.

When a man has indications of prostate cancer, the decision-making process about diagnostic procedures, treatment options and post-treatment care can benefit from discussion with people who have undergone those processes. Views and information from our members can be obtained through attendance at one of our monthly meetings or by contacting individual members.

Prosthetic and orthotic services provides assessment, advice, customising and maintenance of wheelchairs, manufacture and repair of artificial limbs and support devices.

Together with a dedicated team of health professionals, the Quest for Life Centre provides services for people living with serious, chronic and life-threatening illness, grief, loss and trauma. The Quest for Life Centre premises are in beautiful Bundanoon close to Canberra in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

Quitline is a confidential telephone service providing information, support and advice on how to quit smoking available at the cost of a local call (Mobile phones excepted). Phone 137848 24 hours a day and ask for a Quit Pack to be sent free of charge.

Testicular Cancer is the most common cancer in men aged between 15 and 35. The Testicular Cancer Resource Center is a charitable organization devoted to helping people understand testicular and extragonadal germ cell tumors. Specifically, we provide accurate and timely information about these tumors and their treatment to anyone and everyone interested.

This information is provided for advice only, but does not constitute endorsement of these services.