Managing the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis can be an additional source of stress for many carers. You may be worried about how to live on a reduced income or how to find the money to pay for extra expenses, such as travel, doctors’ fees and medicines. Getting help with your finances can take a great weight off your mind. Check out Cancer Council’s information about Cancer and your finances for: tips on preparing and balancing a budget, and dealing with financial stress what to do if you’re dealing with financial hardship and ways to reduce your debts and expenses, such as utility bills, council rates, loans and credit cards, medical expenses, and transport costs other potential sources of income, such as Centrelink payments, no interest loans, superannuation and insurance ways to resolve credit disputes where to get help and support.
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Did you know that exercise has been shown to help both during and after cancer treatment? Exercise can help you manage some of the common side effects of treatment, speed up your recovery and improve your quality of life. If you are thinking about starting an exercise program during cancer treatment, talk to your doctor about the type and amount of activity suitable for you. They can advise you about any types of exercise you should avoid and any precautions you should take. Check out Cancer Council’s information about exercising during cancer treatment for: tips on getting started questions to ask your doctor or exercise professional step-by-step instructions and short videos demonstrating some simple strength training exercises to develop your balance and core muscles, upper body and legs short videos taking you through some exercises to improve the flexibility of your joints and muscles.
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Work is an important part of many people’s lives, and most employed people who are diagnosed with cancer wonder how it will affect their ability to work. Some people manage by adjusting their work hours for a while – they may miss a couple of days here and there or work part-time. Others choose to take a longer break or retire. Everyone’s situation is different. You may work on a casual, part-time or full-time basis, be self-employed, or work from home. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or are thinking about returning to work after treatment, if you need help finding a working arrangement that suits your situation, take a look at Cancer, Work & You. This booklet contains information about how cancer can affect your ability to work, tips about working during treatment, things to consider when returning to work after a break due to treatment, information for working carers, and an overview of your workplace rights and entitlements. For more information, call 13 11 20 or go to our website.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.