Support services and resources
This is a brief listing of some major services and resources you may find helpful.
Cancer Society information and support services
The Cancer Information Helpline is a Cancer Society service where you can talk about your concerns and needs with trained nurses on 0800 CANCER (226 237).
Your local Cancer Society offers a range of services for people with cancer and their families. The range of services offered differs in each region, so contact your local centre to find out what is available in your area.
Contact your local Cancer Society to see what counselling services are available in your area.
Cancer support groups/education programmes
Cancer support groups and education programmes offer mutual support and information to people with cancer and their families. It can help to talk with others who have gone through the same experience. They can also offer many practical suggestions and ways of coping. Ask your hospital or local Cancer Society for information on cancer support groups in your area.
The Cancer Society has worked with Māori to develop an education programme called Kia Ora e Te iwi. Contact your Cancer Society to see if this is offered in your area.
Your general practitioner (GP)
If you don't have a GP, call your local health centre to find a GP in your area. It's a good idea to make an appointment to see your GP a few weeks after completing treatment so they can get a better idea of how you are, especially if you haven't seen them since starting treatment. The practice nurse is also someone you can talk to. Your GP is also an advocate working for you and can sort out issues you may be having with treatment centres or health professionals.