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Relationships and Support

Rare Cancer Support Guide

Cancer changes things. It stirs up a raft of difficult emotions and can affect our closest relationships. If this is your experience, please know that you are not alone.

The Rare Cancer Support Guide exists to support you through this new normal, with practical ideas on how to manage the hard stuff and find the right support.

Learn more about how the Relationships and Support 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 Relationships and Support section

  • A range of emotions
    Tips for managing difficult emotions and where to turn for support
  • Your well-being
    How to care for yourself and the value of connecting with others
  • Breaking the news
    Tips for talking about your cancer experience with others
  • Relationships
    Changes you may encounter in your intimate relationships
  • Managing the helpers
    How to get the best out of your helpers and support network
  • Caring for someone with cancer
    Tips for supporting your loved one and taking care of yourself at the same time

The advice comes directly from patients and carers who have been there, and from the knowledge of many health care professionals across the cancer care sector. It also includes the lessons we’ve learned at RCA over 10 years of supporting Australians with rare cancer.

Order the Relationships and Support section of the Rare Cancer Support Guide for free information, tools and advice you can trust.


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Download the Relationships and Support section of the Rare Cancer Support Guide

Looking for different information? Learn about the Diagnosis, Treatment, and Looking Ahead sections of the Rare Cancer Support Guide.


Useful resources

To download a full list of additional resources to help you manage difficult emotions, care for your loved one, and access support.

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Related links

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.

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Diagnosis Booklet

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.

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Treatment Booklet

Planning for treatment, managing work and finances, and what to do when treatments aren’t available. It also outlines how to navigate the health system and the science of cancer.

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Looking Ahead Booklet

Life after treatment, processing and sharing your experience, and what to do if cancer comes back or progresses.

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