One in three Queensland callers to Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 needed practical assistance following a cancer diagnosis, new data shows.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift says the trend reflects the strain cancer places on everyday life.
“In the six months to June, we received about 8600 calls from Queenslanders to 13 11 20 for information and support,” Clift says.
“One in three callers sought advice about things such as financial aid, pro-bono legal assistance, transport support and wig and turban loans.
“A cancer diagnosis not only affects a person’s physical wellbeing – it can have a significant impact on practical aspects of the patient’s daily life, and that of their family.”
Almost one in five Queensland callers to 13 11 20 in the year to June were from friends, family and carers, while around one in three had been diagnosed.
About 27% of callers sought general information about cancer, including accessing brochures, research information, referrals, treatment options and details about CCQ’s programs and services, including accommodation lodges.
“One in two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime – more than 25,000 this year alone ,” says Clift.
Since January, more than 8500 calls have been made to Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 throughout Queensland.