Finding Support

Cancer Action Resources

Being diagnosed with cancer is a life changing moment in your life and that of loved ones. The experience is already shocking and potentially life threatening. That is often compounded by not getting the right information quickly enough.

We have learned that knowledge becomes key to your survival and happiness, financially and emotionally. Here are a list of areas of care that we feel support cancer sufferers and survivors, please feel free to contact us as well.


Family Support for a Cancer Diagnosis

We know that your loved one may need immediate help. Cancer Council Australia has dedicated staff on hand to help you today.

CAV Cancer Council Victoria Services

Here are a list of areas of care that we feel support cancer patients, survivors and carers, please feel free to contact us as well.

Optimal Care Pathways

The optimal cancer care pathways (OCPs) describe optimal cancer care. They map the patient journey, aiming to foster an understanding of the whole pathway and its distinct components to promote quality cancer care and patient experiences. A consumer version is available.

Cancer Support

For that reason, we offer both local care information and cancer specific resources as well as the opportunity to join us in informing others about the results of cancer in our community.

The Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) network organises services by geographical region,
so you can access local information on our ICS page.

Integrated Cancer Services - ICS

The Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) comprise clusters of hospitals and associated health services that deliver services for people with all types of cancers within a geographic area.

Services include public hospitals, community-based services, general practitioners and other primary health organisations, private hospitals and supportive care services. There are metro, child specialist and regional ICS groups.
Just click through to find your local specialist providers.


Community Cancer Care Resources

There are so many segments of the cancer community who have specific needs other than medical treatment and our goal is to support you with everything we can. Please feel free to contact us to update us with new services.

Find a cancer support group

Having a local support group can be crucial in knowing what to do and in having friends who understand what you’re going through. These people may help to give you resources and keep you sane while the world is turning upside down.

Cancer Council Victoria - Have a confidential discussion with a nurse from the Cancer Council helpline with the help of an interpreter.

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Directory - Access over 600 resources & publications in languages other than English.

Find out more about your Condition

There are many kinds of cancer and the treatments are now becoming more specific. Some of the common assumptions, such as that you’ll lose your hair, don’t apply to every condition or every treatment. Find out more about your condition here.

CAV Membership benefits

Membership is free for anyone who is affected by cancer, either as a cancer patient, survivor, family member, carer, medical provider or an interested person.

  1.   Having a voice at Australian State and Federal health policy level
  2.   Opportunities to improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer
  3.   Receiving updates of latest medical advances and the opportunity for face-to-face meetings

Join Us

We can help you

  • Learn about advocacy
  • Participate in changing lives
  • Add value to cancer resources

Events Related to Cancer and Advocacy

To find out more about the event days for cancer types visit our calendar. If you would like to add an event day, please let us know by email.

By arrangement and with the benefit of grants and donations, CAV offers Advocacy training annually. You can arrange a training event via email or find out more at our events page.