Help just a phone call away for those suffering from cancer
COUNSELLING services are now available over the phone for patients and carers in the midst of a cancer experience.
Queensland's first ever Nurse Counsellor Service by Cancer Council Queensland was launched last year and the number of calls to the service has already been "strong".
The service was launched after research revealed a single counselling session with a nurse could have huge benefits for distressed patients and carers.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the service would improve quality of life for those struggling with a cancer diagnosis.
"This new service means that patients and their loved ones can connect with a specialist nurse counsellor simply by picking up the phone," Ms Clift said.
"For many people, just one session with a nurse counsellor can help a person to cope better with the psychological and emotional challenges that often come with a cancer diagnosis.
"The service offers specialised support, empowering callers with self-help strategies to adjust to life during and after cancer.
"Callers can also be referred to see a psychologist face-to-face if they need additional support."
The service is available during weekday business hours by calling 13 11 20.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or Cancer