Living with cancer

The Cancer Society has a large cancer information library, but if you cannot find what you are looking for on these pages, please ring our free Cancer Information Helpline 0800 CANCER (0800 226 237). Our staff will help you find useful resources and answer any cancer questions you may have.

 

Advanced cancer

Advanced cancer

Information that may be useful if you have advanced cancer and are looking for information and support.

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Benefits and entitlements

Benefits and entitlements

Information about some of the help you may be able to get from Work and Income if you are affected by cancer.

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Benefits and entitlements: What happens when you apply for Work and Income support?

Benefits and entitlements: What happens when you apply for Work and Income support?

Tips and information about what you may experience when you apply for Work and Income support.

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Breathlessness (being short of breath)

Breathlessness (being short of breath)

Suggestions that may help if you are having difficulty breathing.

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Cancer and cannabis use

Cancer and cannabis use

Medicinal cannabis is legal in New Zealand and a small number of medical-grade products can be prescribed or grown for medicinal purposes by palliative patients.

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Cancer in the family

Cancer in the family

Information for parents, family members, caregivers or kaiāwhina who are significant in the life of a child.

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Cancer: insurance, legal and employment issues

Cancer: insurance, legal and employment issues

Guidelines about your insurance and legal options as a result of being diagnosed with cancer.

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Coping with holidays and special days through times of bereavement

Coping with holidays and special days through times of bereavement

Read Skylight's information about coping with holidays and special days.

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Coping with waiting

Coping with waiting

This information has been written to provide you with ways of coping with the stress of waiting.

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COVID-19 and cancer

COVID-19 and cancer

Information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly. If you have cancer you might be worried about how it affects you. This information may be helpful to you.

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Eating well

Eating well

Help with the questions you may have about your diet before, during and after cancer treatment.

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Emotions and cancer

Emotions and cancer

Practical suggestions about how to talk to others about cancer, treatment and how you're feeling.

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Getting on with life after treatment

Getting on with life after treatment

Information for people who have finished their cancer treatment. It is about the feelings and challenges you may face.

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Helping yourself

Helping yourself

Information that offers suggestions that may help you care for yourself.

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In tough times of serious illness: coping with holidays and special days

In tough times of serious illness: coping with holidays and special days

Read Skylight's information about coping with holidays and special days in tough times.

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Keeping active when you have cancer

Keeping active when you have cancer

Research shows regular exercise can increase energy.

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Managing cancer in the workplace

Managing cancer in the workplace

Information with advice on how to help an employee or workmate with cancer.

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Navigating a journey beyond cancer

Navigating a journey beyond cancer

A guide to help you on your journey.

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Sex and cancer

Sex and cancer

A guide to managing the impact of cancer on your sex life.

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Spirituality, wairuatanga and cancer

Spirituality, wairuatanga and cancer

Information on what spirituality is, how cancer affects spirituality, using your spiritual resources and suggestions for nurturing the spirit.It also looks at wairuatanga which is a central part to Māori health (hauora).

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Supporting someone with cancer

Supporting someone with cancer

Information for those who are supporting a person through cancer.

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Supporting young adult children when you have cancer

Supporting young adult children when you have cancer

Information about how to talk to young adults about your cancer diagnosis, how to support them, and where they can find support.

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Supportive care research reports – Cancer stories project

Supportive care research reports – Cancer stories project

The Cancer Society funds scientific and behavioural research.

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Talking about grief and loss

Talking about grief and loss

Information to help you understand more about your feelings when someone close to you has died.

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Talking to a friend with cancer

Talking to a friend with cancer

A guide for those who have friends with cancer – who might feel unsure about how to talk to them or how to offer support.

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Telling other people about your diagnosis

Telling other people about your diagnosis

Information that offers suggestions about telling friends, family/whānau about your diagnosis.

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Using the internet to search for cancer information and support

Using the internet to search for cancer information and support

Information that gives you an overview on the internet and how to use it to find accurate information on cancer.

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