Counselling service to help cancer patients and families
DURING the current Covid-19 pandemic, cancer patients and their families have had to navigate an already difficult time, with added pressure. From having doctor appointments move online or over the phone, to not being able to be close with friends or family, those impacted by cancer are more isolated than ever.
Cancer Council Queensland senior psychologist Tracey Gardner said the impacts of cancer, as well as coping with the current circumstances, could have great effect on a person’s wellbeing. “Cancer and its treatment have broad ranging effects – physical, emotional, practical, financial and mental,” Ms Gardner said.
“During the current Covid-19 pandemic, cancer patients and their families may be experiencing additional stress and anxiety, especially for those who cannot be close to their support networks during this time.
Ms Gardner said that they could be reassured that the Cancer Counselling Service, which has provided both faceto-face and telephone counselling and group programs to Queenslanders affected by cancer since 2004, remains a constant in these changing times.
Since temporarily ceasing faceto-face counselling and programs in line with government advice, the Cancer Counselling Service is delivering all counselling sessions via telephone, and planning to deliver several online relaxation, mindfulness and other workshops in the coming weeks.
Ms Gardner said the service had produced two cancer and Covid-19 tip sheets to assist those affected by cancer and their family manage uncertainty. These can be downloaded from the CCQ website.
“Cancer doesn’t stop, so neither do we. It is important for us to find different ways to continue to support those impacted by cancer,” Ms Gardner said.
More information for patients and families is available via cancerqld.org.au. For further support and information, call contact 13 11 20.
CANCER DOESN’T STOP, SO NEITHER DO WE. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO FIND DIFFERENT WAYS TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THOSE IMPACTED BY CANCER.