Rare Cancer Support Guide
When your mind is reeling from a cancer diagnosis, it hard to digest all the information being thrown at you, to understand next steps, and to make clear decisions. Please know that you are not alone.
The RCA Rare Cancer Support Guide exists to walk you, your family and friends through every step of the treatment planning process.
Learn more about how the Treatment section of the Rare Cancer Support Guide can help you in this short clip from RCA Medical Correspondent, Dr. Emily Isham.
What you will find in the Treatment section
- Planning for treatment
What your treatment plan means, questions to ask, decisions you may need to make
- Your healthcare professionals
Who you are likely to meet and how they can help
- Types of cancer treatment
Treatment approaches for cancer and common side effects
- When treatments aren’t available
Why rare cancers have fewer treatment options, different options to consider
- Clinical trials
Things to consider when finding and participating in clinical trials
- Work and finances
Managing work and money during and after treatment
- Navigating the health system
Layers, challenges and major components of the health system
- The science explained
What cancer is, evolving science and research, and genetic testing
The knowledge shared in this section comes from trusted organisations and many health care professionals across the cancer care sector, with advice from patients and carers who have been there. It also includes the lessons we’ve learned at RCA over 10 years of supporting Australians with rare cancer.
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Looking for different information? Learn about the Diagnosis, Relationships and Support, and Looking Ahead sections of the Rare Cancer Support Guide.
Download a full list of additional resources to help you manage and navigate cancer treatment.
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Rare Cancer Support Guide
The Rare Cancer Support Guide is designed to provide patients and their family and friends with comprehensive information to help them manage and navigate their unique cancer experience.
What to expect after a diagnosis, important questions to ask, and where to find more information. It also provides advice on managing difficult emotions and understanding your rights.
Relationships and Support Booklet
Breaking the news, how to care for yourself and others, and maintaining your important relationships.
Looking Ahead Booklet
Life after treatment, processing and sharing your experience, and what to do if cancer comes back or progresses.