Living With Cancer

What Support and Resources are available?

A number of emotions can be experienced during any part of the process of diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care. Whilst living with cancer is different for each person it is important to remember that you are not the only one experiencing these feelings. The Cancer Society of New Zealand offers information and support services to people with cancer and their families around the country. The Cancer Literature on the Web has websites of women’s support groups from around the world.

Family and Friends

The doctors at the Women’s Cancer Centre encourage you to bring family members or a friend with you to your appointments. They know that cancer does not affect the individual person but family members and people close to you. It is important to be open about your cancer with those close to you. This will enable them to understand your situation and be supportive. By trying to keep your illness a secret, you increase your stress level and deprive yourself of the support of your family and friends. You may alienate those close to you when they discover you have kept your diagnosis from them.

Keeping Fit and Healthy

There is no particular diet or exercise routine that will stop you developing a gynaecological cancer, but a healthy diet and exercise routine can help reduce your chances. Studies have shown that there is a relationship between obesity and some gynaecological cancers such as cancers of the ovary, fallopian tubes and uterus. Studies have also shown that smoking increases your risk of developing cancer and pre-cancer of the cervix and vulva as well as recurrence of the cancer. To learn more about Keeping Fit and Healthy please see recommended cancer literature on the web: Keeping Fit and Healthy.

New Zealand Gynaecological Foundation

You may have had support from friends or family members with you from the time of your first initial consultation. Sometimes it can be helpful to be able to join a group and talk to people who have gone through similar experiences to yourself. Likewise family members and people close to you can also find it beneficial to talk to people in similar situations to themselves. Full details of this group can be accessed at the New Zealand Gynaecological Foundation.

The Cancer Society of New Zealand

The Cancer Society of New Zealand offers information and support services to people with cancer and their families around the country. This service offered by the Cancer Society is provided by liaison nurses and information oncology nurses. Additional support services provided by the Cancer Society include counseling, volunteer services and support groups. Full details of these groups and services can be accessed at the Cancer Society of NZ website.

Cancer Literature on the Web

The Internet provides a lot of information on further reading and resources that are available from organizations and institutions around the world. This section provides a list of such sites, which are either New Zealand based or overseas. The information provided here is for extra reading and information and should not be used to make self-diagnose or used for a substitute for advice from your doctor. The benefits and risks of the treatment will depend on your personal medical condition and may vary from person to person. Always check with your doctor if you have any queries or concerns.

Disclaimer:
The Internet provides a lot of information on further reading and resources that are available from organizations and institutions around the world. This section provides a list of such sites, which are either New Zealand based or overseas. The information provided here is for extra reading and information and should not be used to make self-diagnoses or used as a substitute for advice from your doctor. The benefits and risks of treatments will depend on your personal medical condition and may vary from person to person. Always check with your doctor if you have queries or concerns. Please also be aware that the information contained in the websites listed below may not necessarily be relevant to you and your needs. Or you may read information which is contrary to what your doctor has recommended to you. If you read anything which you are not sure about or which is contrary to what is recommended, please ensure you discuss any concerns at the time of consultation with your doctor.

Societies & Organisations

Australia & New Zealand
Worldwide

Women's Online Support Groups On The Net

Nutrition & Lifestyle

Glossaries and Terminology

Non-English Speaking Resources on the Net

Cancers - By Site

Cervical Cancer
Endometrial Cancer
Cancer of the Fallopian Tube
Gestational Trophoblastic Cancers
Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian: Epithelial Cancer
Ovarian: Germ Cell
Unknown Primary Type
Uterine Cancer
Vaginal Cancer
Vulva Cancer

HPV Vaccines

Screening

Cervical Cancer Screening
Hereditary Cancer Screening

Hormone Therapy for Women with Cancer

Radiotherapy

Lymphoedema

Chemotherapy

Online Journals & Educational Resources

  • The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research:
    www.gfmer.ch/Guidelines/Female_genital_neoplasms/Gynecologic_oncology.htm
  • CANCER: www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/browsebysubject?code=MEDI
    The interdisciplinary international journal of the American Cancer Society. The print and online versions of the journal are published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Journal of the National Cancer Institute: http://jncicancerspectrum.oupjournals.org/
    Publishes original research papers in oncology from around the world. Each issue contains extensive news about important cancer-related science, policy, politics, and people as well as editorials and reviews by oncology experts, book reviews, and commentaries on timely topics.
  • Elsevier Science: http://www.elsevier.com/
    Publishes a wide range of literature covering the broad spectrum of scientific endeavors. A directory of the medical journals they publish is available at www.elsevier.com/wps/find/homepage.cws_home.
  • FreeMedicalJournals.com: http://www.freemedicaljournals.com/
    The Free Medical Journals site is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet.
  • MEDLINE: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed
    The online version of MEDLARS (MEDical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System), the National Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinical sciences. Free online access to MEDLINE is available through PubMed which provides access in one location to over nine million medical journal reports dating back to 1966. Citations are created by the National Library of Medicine, International MEDLARS partners, and cooperating professional organizations.
  • Journal of Clinical Oncology: www.jco.org/
  • Medscape Oncology: www.medscape.com/
    Features medical journal articles, images, case reports, medical news, free MEDLINE, CME, and drug searching on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center:
    www.moffitt.usf.edu/ccjournal/index.html
    This peer-reviewed Journal contains articles on the spectrum of actions and approaches needed to reduce the impact of human malignancy.
  • RobertsReview of Cancer Research Breakthroughs: www.robertsreview.com/
    RobertsReview.com specializes in reporting daily "breaking" cancer treatment and research news (by specific cancer type).
  • Wiley InterScience - Wiley Journals on Line: www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/browsebysubject?code=MEDI
    Online editions of the majority of Wiley's 400+ scientific, technical, medical and professional journals, with tables of contents, article abstracts, links to online resources, full-text articles, and supplementary material.

Breast Cancer

Journals

  • Breast Cancer On-Line: http://www.bco.org/
    Supported by an educational grant from Astra-Zeneca and is published and maintained by Greenwich Medical Media.
  • BreastCancer.Net: http://www.breastcancer.net/
    Features the latest news stories and medical journal articles on breast cancer research from a variety of online resources.
  • MAMM.com - Women Cancer and Community: http://www.mamm.com/
    A magazine devoted to meeting the needs of women diagnosed with breast and reproductive cancer.

Last Updated: November 09