The Cancer Support Team is a team of psychologists and social workers who provide free support to people and their whānau, to help them cope with some of the difficulties of having cancer.
What can psychologists help with?
Psychologists help people find ways to cope when they are feeling down, stressed, upset or worried. They can also help with making decisions, coping with change and loss, and pain and low energy.
What can social workers help with?
Social workers provide support to help people with difficult feelings and situations. They can talk to people about work, finances, childcare, transport and planning for the future. They can help link people with community agencies, and support them to understand and get through the health system.
What if I have a concern that isn’t related to cancer?
We are unable to see people whose issues do not relate to cancer. Your psychological or social issue must be resulting from your cancer, or having an impact on your cancer treatment. If we can’t see you in our service, we will help you find appropriate support.
Who do we see?
The Cancer Support Team see people who are 16 years and older, who have been told they might have cancer, people who have a new diagnosis or recurrence of cancer, and people who are having cancer treatment.
Patients can be referred by a health professional if they are:
Can whānau/family members be seen by the Cancer Support Team?
Yes, whānau can be seen with the patient. If appropriate, and if the patient consents, we are able to see whanau without the patient present. If whānau members require their own individual support, we will support them to find an appropriate service.