Telephone Support Groups

Perhaps you are too unwell or your illness limits your ability to travel? Cancer Council's Telephone Support Group program is a great way to be able to get support from the comfort of home.


Telephone Support Groups (TSG's) offer support and information from others in similar situations, for adults affected by cancer, including people living with cancer, their families and carers.


Why would I want to join?

Regardless of where you are located in Australia, TSG's offer you the opportunity to talk with other people going through a similar situation to your own. You can share information, real world experiences, as well as give and receive support. You can also share practial tips and strategies with each other.


How do the groups work?

Each group has 3-8 members and two qualified facilitators, groups get together over the phone twice a month – each session lasts an hour. Participation is flexible – it’s okay to skip sessions when you need to – and it’s free and confidential.


What groups are currently available?

The following groups are available for people living with cancer:

  • Advanced Cancer - for people whose cancer has moved from it's original site.
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer - for people with metastatic breast cancer.
  • Brain Tumour - for people with a malignant brain tumour
  • Multiple Myeloma - delivered in partnership with Myeloma Australia, this group is for people living with multiple myeloma.
  • Pancreatic Cancer - delivered in partnership with the Pancare Foundation, this group is for people with pancreatic cancer.
  • Metastatic Melanoma - delivered in partnership with Melanoma Patients Australia, this group is for people with Stage 3 or 4 melanoma.

The following groups are available for family, carers and friends:

  • Carers - for people who are caring for someone with cancer.
  • Life After Loss - for people who have lost a loved one to cancer, we offer a 'closed' six-session format.

Find out more

Call Cancer Council on 13 11 20 or 1300 755 632.

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