Those with cancer urged to use helpline during flood crisis

PEOPLE affected by cancer are reminded to contact Cancer Council Helpline for up-to-date advice and practical support following the natural disasters across Queensland this week.
Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 provides patients and their family and friends with the latest health service information and emotional support - it is available between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday,

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said access to treatment services and routines may be disrupted during and after a natural disaster, and people shouldn't be afraid to seek help.

"If you, or someone you know, has cancer - it's important to access the most up-to-date, accurate and reliable information during and after the flooding," Ms Clift said.

"Cancer Council Helpline can assist by providing cancer-related information, and a listening ear to those who need to talk about their experience.

"If your treatment plan has changed following an evacuation or flooding, you might have questions about what this means for you.

"The Helpline is here to take your call and assist where possible. It's also important to have an emergency plan in place in case new symptoms arise or you can't access your local hospital."

Cancer Council Queensland said people undergoing cancer treatment should avoid buildings affected by the floods, and contact with mud or mould at a clean-up site.

Washing hands regularly, drinking only bottled water or boiling water where the safety of drinking water cannot be confirmed, and preparing food with care are recommended precautions following a natural disaster. 

Cancer Council Queensland has updated their Coping with cancer after a natural disaster factsheet online.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at

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