Many patients describe a rollercoaster of emotions during and after treatment for bowel cancer. Keeping strong for children and other family members can often be hard when you are going through ups and downs yourself. Talking to friends and partners can help, but you may also want to ask your doctor about specialist support available to you, such as counsellors.
Bowel cancer can have a major emotional impact, not only for the patient, but also their family, carers and friends. The following list of organisations that may be able to help:
- Australian Centre for Grief & Bereavement
The Centre provides a range of education, counselling, research and clinical services for those affected by experiences of grief and bereavement.
- Carers Australia
Carers Australia provides advice, information and counselling to carers, through their website, helpline, booklets and factsheets.
- Family Relationship Advice Line
Professional counsellors assist individuals, couple and families, including separating families, to resolve relationship issues that arise at various stages of their relationships.
- Life Goes On
Life Goes On provides 24/7 telephone counselling for the seriously ill and their carers to help get more out of life.
Lifeline is a confidential support service available for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
- NOW WHAT?
Now What…? Dealing with your parent’s cancer is a Canteen resource providing information, practical tips, support and advice across a whole range of areas that impact young people who have a parent with cancer.
- Palliative Care Australia
Palliative Care Australia provides a range of consumer and health professional brochures and booklets regarding quality care.
- Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia
The peak body for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia. Details of local, professionally qualified practitioners are available from the PACFA.
- Young Carers
Young carers is a resource for people under the age of 26 who provide care in a family affected by illness, disability, mental health and/or drug or alcohol issues of one or more family members or friends.