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Gynaecologic Cancer Service

Supportive Care

“What is Supportive Care?”

Picture of two ladies smiling.Supportive Care is a broad term used to describe any help that may be needed during cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

You may need a wide range of supportive care throughout your cancer journey. You may also find that you will need different types of supportive care at different times.

For instance, you may need assistance recovering from surgery with the help of a physiotherapist. You may need guidance about your diet to help your body cope during and after chemotherapy treatment. Supportive Care in the form of a social worker or clinical psychologist may also be important as cancer can create distress for many patients and their carers, friends and families. You might like to access a support group to speak with women in the same situation or one of your family members might need some support.

It is also important to realise that beyond the clinical aspects of your cancer treatment, there are also many practical issues, such as help at home, transport to treatment facilities or financial assistance that will affect you. Supportive care services can offer practical help for these issues too.

“How do I access the supportive care I need?”

For women

Picture of a doctor discussing a pamphlet with a female patientYou can speak with your doctor or the gynaecologic CNC who will be able to link you to many services. You may find that links to supportive services form part of your treatment plan. Don’t be afraid to speak with your care team to get the help you need.

There are also some excellent support services in WA from the following organisations:

For family/friends/carers

Watching a person you love and care about face the challenges of cancer treatment can be very distressing. There are also practical issues that you may need help with – caring for children or parents, financial issues and transport.

There are support services for family members, carers and friends through the following organisations:

Cultural support for Aboriginal women

Making sure you feel safe when you get your cancer care is important. There is an Aboriginal Liaison service available for patients, particularly those from the country. Please speak with your doctor or CNC about this service.

Please let the staff know if you would like a friend or family member with you when you speak to the doctor if it makes you more comfortable.

For women from non-English speaking backgrounds

Translating services are available for women who need help with English. This service is free to all patients.

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) National

Please let the staff know if you would like a friend or family member with you when you speak to the doctor if it makes you more comfortable.

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