One-on-one support

Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most difficult situations a person would ever face in their lifetime. The Cancer Society provides one-on-one emotional and practical support to people with cancer, their family/whanau and friends.

Caring and dedicated staff in our regional Divsions and centres are here to support you. They will:

  • listen to your questions and concerns
  • provide accurate information about cancer and treatment
  • offer quality support services and advocacy following a cancer diagnosis
  • suggest ways to cope with uncertainty
  • connect you with other support organisations or networks.

The Otago and Southland Division Supportive Care Team is made up of experienced health care professionals with specialised knowledge and skills in providing practical and emotional support to anyone affected by cancer in the community.

If you have a cancer diagnosis or someone who is seeking support as a loved one has cancer, our team of friendly staff can provide

  • one on one time to discuss your concerns, questions, practical and emotional needs for your and your family / whanau
  • easy-to-understand and accurate evidence based information on cancer,  treatments and the support available both during and post cancer treatment
  • information and a link to other health professionals and community based services that are available in the local community
  • introduction to the other services offered by the Cancer Society to include assistance with accommodation and transport to treatment,  prosthetic fittings, programmes and support groups