Community Care Program

Research shows that the side effects of cancer and its treatment are substantial and affect everyday living. The Pancare Community Care Program helps patients and their families through evidence based, individualised care and therapies from the point of diagnosis through to recovery and bereavement.

Pancare has developed a model of services, based on the side effects people living with cancer and cancer treatment experience. These include; fatigue and pain, chemo brain (short term memory difficulties), psychosocial problems, financial stress, lack of information, knowledge and skills to manage their illness, lack of transportation and weak social support.

Patients may choose services that will assist their needs from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Pancare will refund the cost of service provided up to a capped amount.

The services also include complimentary therapies where research has shown they have a positive impact on the symptoms patients living with cancer experience.

Click the button below to download our financial assistance form. Please scan and email to info@pancare.org.au.

To learn more about applying for our free program, please email info@pancare.org.au or phone 1300 881 698.

Occupational Therapist

Benefits: Fatigue, rehabilitation.
Helps restore independence. Occupational therapists work to identify everyday activities, like walking children to school or driving, that give trouble and work on strategies to adapt to them.

Physiotherapist

Benefits: Physical Exercise, Pilates
Can include a range of activities, from aerobic exercise such as walking or swimming to strength training with resistance bands. Physical therapists can help improve flexibility and coordination, rebuild strength, and alleviate pain.

Exercise Therapist

Benefits: Physical Exercise, Pilates

Dietitian

Specific dietary requirements for patients with cancer, undergoing cancer treatments.

Psychologist

Coping with cancer, grief, anger, bereavement

Speech Pathologist

Helps regain and improve speech and communication skills if they’ve been affected by cancer. Help with difficulties experienced with eating or swallowing.

Complimentary Therapies

Complimentary Therapies Benefits
Counseling, meditation, relaxation Help reduce stress and improve self esteem
Hypnotherapy Helps reduce pain and anxiety, nausea and vomiting
Art and Music Therapy Provide focused attention which aids relaxation, pain reduction and the expression of feelings
Massage Can help reduce pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression and nausea
Aromatherapy Improves sleep and aids relaxation and improves quality of life particularly in palliative care patients
Reflexology Reduces anxiety and pain and help improve quality of life particularly in palliative care patients
Acupuncture Reduces nausea, vomiting, fatigue and pain
Yoga and physical activity Improves sleep, reduces stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and muscle wasting
Tai Chi Relieves pain, improves flexibility and strength and reduces stress
Qi gong Improves quality of life, reduces fatigue, pain and improves mood
Pilates, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais While studies with cancer patients are limited, these forms of practitioner led active exercise are generally considered to be beneficial for improving breathing, strength, flexibility, mobility, fitness and general well being.
Pet Therapy It is commonly known that animals have a soothing effect on people, but recent scientific studies have focused on identifying a link between animal interaction and improved human health.