Cancer information

Cancer information and support is a key priority of Cancer Council NSW, along with advocacy, research and prevention.

Every year in NSW alone, more than 37,500 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed, and the impact on families, carers and communities is significant.

We are committed to empowering and supporting people with cancer, so that no-one need face a cancer diagnosis alone. Our Understanding Cancer series provides easy-to-read, evidence-based information about cancer, its treatment, and the many issues faced by people with cancer, their families and friends.

If you are looking for reliable, accurate cancer information, explore the links on this page, download our digital publications, or call 13 11 20 to order our free print booklets.

How can we help you?

Do I have cancer?

If you are worried that you may have cancer, our clear, reliable information explains what cancer is, answers common questions, and addresses cancer myths. To read more about tests for cancer, visit the page for the cancer type that concerns you.

I have cancer

If you want to know what to expect or find out more about your options, you can read our straightforward, evidence-based information. As well as detailed content about both common and rare cancer types, we cover when you are first diagnosed, cancer treatment, managing side effects, complementary therapies, life after cancer treatment and advanced cancer.

I’m caring for someone with cancer

If a family member or friend has cancer, you may want to help them find information, or you may be looking for guidance on how you can provide support. As well as detailed content on a range of cancer types, issues at diagnosistreatments, side effects, complementary therapies and advanced cancer, we have information specifically for carers, for anyone who needs to explain cancer to kids, and for people who are bereaved.

I’m a teacher or school principal

When cancer affects someone in your school, Cancer Council can guide the way. Our resources include a detailed guide for school staff who are supporting students, families or colleagues, and information on talking to kids about cancer. You can also find links here to our SunSmart and Eat It to Beat It cancer prevention resources.

I need workplace cancer support

When someone at work has cancer or is caring for someone with cancer, they may have many questions about how to manage their job, and their employer and colleagues may want to know the best way to provide support. Our information covers a range of work and cancer issues for employees, and includes a series of fact sheets for employers and workplaces.

I’m a health professional

If you are a health professional looking for patient information, you can download or order our easy-to-read, clinically reviewed publications for people affected by cancer. You can also find out more about our support services for your patients.

Support Services

Coping with cancer?
Speak to a qualified health professional someone who has been there.

Connect with others affected by cancer
Online forums, support groups and blogs to connect, support and share your cancer experience.


Need legal and financial assistance?
Practical advice and support during and after treatment

Looking for transport, accommodation or home help?
Practical advice and support during and after treatment