Complete cancer support

Our health system is responsive when it comes to cancer treatment. However, it’s the part where you’re living with cancer, recovering from treatment or waiting for treatment that is lacking. 

Few Aussies get the care and support they need due to a shortage of cancer rehab programs. * We’re here to change that.

 

Why does cancer support & rehab matter?

Cancer comes with many ups and downs. It’s time to manage them.

We all know that cancer's symptoms and the side effects of treatment can take a heavy toll on patients. But did you know that a number of cancer side effects can be reduced with a cancer rehab program?

That's right. Cancer rehabilitation can improve quality of life by reducing common symptoms like fatigue, pain, moodiness, anxiety, stress and depression. Yet many people with cancer don't access the care that would reduce their suffering.

So whether you’re living with cancer, recovering from treatment or waiting for treatment, cancer rehab could be helpful for you.

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The dangerous myth about cancer

Think that you should put up your feet and reserve your strength to fight cancer? Wrong. 

“All people with cancer should avoid inactivity and return to normal daily activities as soon as possible following diagnosis (i.e. be as physically active as current abilities and conditions allow).” 

That’s the guidance from the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA). Exercise is part of cancer care from day one. It’s important to be active and take a proactive approach to your health. 

And while our Cancer Support Complete Program includes much more than personalised help from an exercise physiologist, COSA’s advice shows that taking care of yourself through exercise and more is clinically proven to help people with cancer. 

 

Program eligibility on selected Peoplecare hospital covers

The Cancer Support Complete Program is included (that’s free with no extra cost to participate!) for a on the following covers: Silver Hospital, Silver Plus Hospital, Gold Hospital and our closed covers Mid Hospital (Basic Plus) and Premium Hospital (Gold).

For a limited time (until 1 April 2022) Peoplecare members on Bronze Hospital and our closed Basic Hospital (Basic Plus) can join this program.

The waiting period to receive these programs is 2 months of continuous cover. Your premiums need to be up to date before you can claim this program.

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The Cancer Support Complete Program 

No matter what stage your cancer is at, this health program can step in to support your current needs and take steps to boost your health.  

This is a health program to help manage your cancer symptoms and treatment side effects (although you don’t need to be receiving cancer treatment to qualify for the program) from home and doesn’t substitute your hospital treatment.  

If you’re looking for alternatives to in-hospital cancer treatment, see our Chemo at Home page. 

Our trusted providers offer cancer support services for Peoplecare members who: 

  • have a cancer diagnosis; and  
  • meet the provider’s clinical criteria for the program. 

The program lasts for 3 to 4 months, based on your personal needs. The expert team meets with you via video call and phone support sessions, plus you’ll get access to helpful online education and training. 

Support services may include: 

  • oncology nurse – to develop your care plan, education, ongoing monitoring and links to local support services 
  • exercise physiologist – to get you moving and physically stronger, while improving your energy levels 
  • oncology-focused dietitian – to advise you on overcoming problems like decreased appetite and nausea 
  • psychologist – to give you expert help in cognitive coaching, education and support, plus practical tools to assist with managing symptoms and side effects
  • patient app – to connect you to your care team, health data & progress tracking and tailored educational resources 
  • personalised care pack or group yoga to support your individual care plan 

 

Who'll have access to your personal info? 

All your treatment info is kept completely confidential by our providers. We won’t have access to any personal health info you give them, but if you’d like to read our Privacy Policy to make sure,click here. 

 

* ’The State of Cancer Rehabilitation in Australia, Journal of Cancer Rehabilitation, 2018 

Want to do The Cancer Support Complete Program?

Pop in your details to our Ask our experts form or call us on 1800 808 690 to receive a call from the program. They will assess your suitability for the program in an initial phone assessment.