Patient stories2019-08-12T14:06:47+10:00

Patient stories

We’ve created a number of videos to help you understand the cancer journey.

These are real stories as told to us by patients. They are for people affected by cancer, as well as for families/carers.

You can watch a collection of general stories from our patients or more detailed stories about specific types of cancer including breast cancer, head and neck cancer, lung cancer and lymphoma.

Be sure to ask your treatment team if you have any questions.

(Disclaimer: All patient stories are based on real life experiences as told to us. The stories are portrayed by actors to protect the privacy and confidentiality of our patients.)

General cancer stories

Everyone reacts differently

Being diagnosed with cancer can be an overwhelming experience, no matter who you are or what cancer you have.

Take control

Take control of your cancer treatment journey. Ask any questions and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

You’re not alone

There is a team of professionals to help you through the emotional and practical aspects of your treatment.

Breast cancer

Everyone reacts differently

“It’s funny how the word cancer can send you into an absolute tailspin…”

Take control

“One piece of advice I’d give is to try and stay really positive…”

You’re not alone

“My treatment wasn’t all smooth sailing, but along the way I met some fantastic people…” 

Head and neck cancer

Everyone reacts differently

“My mind immediately jumped to every worst case scenario…”

Take control

“I resisted doing the Google thing. I knew what I would find…”

You’re not alone

“I wanted everything back to normal, but everything wasn’t normal…”

Lung cancer

Everyone reacts differently

“I knew something wasn’t right. Normally I’m the type of person who is never sick…”

Take control

“Not everything you get told will be helpfully. You need a way to keep track…”

You’re not alone

“It’s important to have people to help you through your journey…” 

Lymphoma

Everyone reacts differently

“I thought they’d got the wrong test results. It couldn’t have been me…”

Take control

“Whenever you think of a question, write it down and take it to your next session…”

You’re not alone

“All the medical stuff’s important to know, but you really need to be on top of the psychological stuff too…”