Cancer Information

Cancer Information

Telephone Information

Cancer Council 13 11 20
Cancer Council ACT
13 11 20

Cancer Council 13 11 20 is a free, confidential telephone information and support service. Specially trained staff can answer questions about all aspects of cancer, assist with practical and emotional support and advise callers about specific services appropriate to their needs and location. Operates weekdays 9:00am-5:00pm.

Health Direct
1800 022 222

A 24 hour telephone health advice service staffed by registered nurses to provide expert health advice about any health issue and what action to take.

Lung Foundation Australia Information and Support Line
1800 654 301

Provides information and support to people living with lung cancer, mesothelioma or rarer thoracic cancers. People can call and speak to the Lung Cancer Support Nurse on Mondays to Thursdays.

13 7848 (13 QUIT)

Provides advice and assistance to support individuals who are trying to stop smoking.

Interpreting Services

TIS National
People who would like to speak to Cancer Council 13 11 20 through an interpreter can telephone TIS National on 13 14 50.

Other Telephone Services

National Relay Service

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact services through the National Relay Service.

Cancer Education and Resources

ACT Specialist Breast Care Nurses
Calvary Hospital
Haydon Drive
02 6201 6944

Offer support and referral for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Patients may be referred by specialists, GPs or by self referral.

Cancer Council ACT Education Programs
Cancer Council ACT
02 6257 9999

Cancer Council ACT runs free education programs and forums for people with cancer, and their family and friends. They cover a range of topics including cancer and its treatments, living with cancer, survival skills and how to cope with a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Specialist Nurses
Canberra Region Cancer Centre
Yamba Drive

Adolescents and young adults/sarcoma 
02 6174 5788
Advanced breast cancer                          
02 6244 3896
Gastrointestinal cancer                            
02 6174 5269
Gynaecological, brain and CNS cancers 
02 6244 4416
Haematological cancers                          
02 6244 3447
Head and neck cancer                             
02 6244 3446
Lung cancer & mesothelioma                  
02 6244 3895
02 6174 8520
Melanoma and skin cancer                     
02 6174 8500
Prostate cancer                                         
02 6244 3897
Urological cancers                                    
02 6174 5964

Specialised nurses who help people diagnosed with cancer navigate their way through the health care system. They can provide information and education and are a point of contact when you are not sure who to turn to for assistance.

Smoking Cessation
Cancer Council ACT
02 6257 9999

Provides quit smoking courses, workplace and community quit smoking seminars, individual counselling and training for health professionals and workers within special settings to increase their capacity to help their clients stop smoking.

Cancer Council ACT
02 6257 9999

Works to raise awareness of skin cancer and promote positive sun protection behaviour. Offers local indoor and outdoor workplaces, organisations, government departments and community groups the opportunity to learn more about skin cancer prevention and awareness including the importance of early detection by providing onsite seminars.


The following is a brief listing of websites that are known to provide reliable and authoritative information. If you have any questions about the reliability of a website, contact Cancer Council 13 11 20 for assistance.

Australian Sites
Cancer Council Australia
Cancer Australia
Cancer Council Online Community
Cancer Directory 
Cancer Institute (NSW) 
Leukaemia Foundation

International Sites
American Cancer Society
Macmillan Cancer Support (UK)
National Cancer Institute (US)
Oncolink (US)

Inclusion of a service in the directory does not imply endorsement of the service by Cancer Council ACT.

Updated November 2016