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What’s provided in your Cancer Mind Plan?
A snapshot of how your mind is tracking
Tips and ideas on how to improve and manage your mind and wellbeing
Self-help resources to support your mind and wellbeing
What information is included in my Cancer Mind Plan?
The information in your Cancer Mind Plan was written by cancer psychology experts and people affected by cancer. The information you receive is based on your answers to the questions in the screening tools. You will be provided with practical strategies and helpful links to resources appropriate for you at this point in time.
About this site
The Cancer Mind Care self-help online platform was developed and launched in 2021. It provides Australia’s first ‘one-stop-shop’ for tailored mental health support for people with cancer, their support persons, clinicians and First Nations peoples.
It is a free and accessible online platform, which can anonymously provide a non-threatening first step to access cancer psychology support and services.
This project is a collaboration between Western & Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (WCMICS), the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Service (GRICS).
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This content contains information that has been approved by reference groups comprising relevant health professionals, consumers and non-government organisations.
Content is sourced from published research literature, grey literature sources (e.g. clinical guidelines) and opinions of clinical experts. It is not intended to reflect all of the available evidence and is not intended to be exhaustive.
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Screening tool references
Kessler, R.C., Barker, P.R., Colpe, L.J., Epstein, J.F., Gfroerer, J.C., Hiripi, E., Howes, M.J, Normand, S-L.T., Manderscheid, R.W., Walters, E.E., Zaslavsky, A.M. (2003). Screening for serious mental illness in the general population Archives of General Psychiatry. 60(2), 184-189.
Adapted from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Distress Thermometer. Available from: https://www.nccn.org/docs/default-source/patient-resources/nccn_distress_thermometer.pdf?sfvrsn=ef1df1a2_4
For questions or comments related to this website, please email CancerMindCare@petermac.org. To contact the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Psychology Department please call 03 8559 5220.