Cancer and COVID-19

Cancer Council understands that Australians undergoing cancer treatment, cancer survivors and their families and friends may have questions in relation to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19.

If you have cancer your immune system may not be as strong as it is normally so you may feel concerned about the risks associated with COVID-19.

Generally, people with cancer should continue to follow any specific advice or standard precautions recommended by their health care practitioners to minimise your risk of infection, during and after treatment.

Information
For more detailed information including frequently asked questions and information in other languages visit Cancer Council Australia’s website. This page is being updated as new information becomes available.

Cancer and COVID-19 podcasts Developed by Cancer Council NSW this new podcast series covers topics such as coping with isolation and using telehealth. Instructions on how to access and listen to the podcasts are also available.

Support
If you are feeling anxious, have questions or need support, please remember that Cancer Council’s information and support line is available on 13 11 20 during business hours. Our specially trained team can provide emotional support as well as practical tips for minimising the risk of infection during this time. If you prefer you can also email cancer.information@actcancer.org 

Our Cancer Council Online Community is a safe and supportive online discussion site for people affected by cancer, their carers and families.

As always, our Understanding Cancer booklets, The Thing About Cancer podcasts and survivorship webinars are available to download free from our website. Also available online are recordings of our popular Relaxation and Mindful Meditation CDs.

Practical Support
Our Wig Service is unable to offer face to face appointments until further notice. In the meantime we are able to offer a postal service with video or phone appointments for clients during which they will be able to purchase new turbans and wig liners and/or to select from our collection of preloved wigs and other headwear. For more information and to access our service please see here.

Our Pro Bono program continues to operate linking eligible clients with volunteer professionals who can assist with legal, financial planning, small business and workplace advice. Factsheets about common legal and financial issues are available here.

Coles and Woolworths Priority Home Delivery
Cancer Council Australia and all state Cancer Councils are working with supermarkets to ensure that people impacted by cancer have priority access to home delivery for their online food shopping.

This service is currently available through Coles via access codes and Woolworths via their kindness card. Both of these initiatives allow vulnerable people, such as cancer patients, to access priority home delivery services for online grocery shopping. Please note, these services do not provide any discount for grocery purchases or any vouchers, it simply prioritises a cancer patient's home delivery of their online grocery shopping.

To get access to the Priority Home Delivery services, you will need to email cancer.information@actcancer.org or call our Information and Support line on 13 11 20.

Smoking
If you are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may impact you as a smoker, Quit Victoria has answered the most commonly asked questions here.

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health, and if you are thinking about stopping smoking, call the Quitline on 13 78 48 and have a chat with a qualified counsellor.

We will continue to monitor the situation and corresponding health advice and review decisions about our services where necessary. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact 02 6260 3104 or email cancer.information@actcancer.org

Share this page

Contact Us

Cancer Council ACT

Phone

Fax

(02) 6257 5055

Email

Address

Unit 1 (The Annex)
173 Strickland Crescent
Deakin ACT 2600