Support Groups & Resources for Pancreatic Cancer and Other Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers

Pancare Foundation’s Community Care Program supports patients and their families from the point of diagnosis through to recovery and bereavement. We have a patient support groups in Melbourne and Adelaide and can connect you with telephone cancer support groups no matter where you live in Australia.

Living with Pancreatic Cancer Support Day

Are you newly diagnosed or currently receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer?

Explore different ways to support your journey living with pancreatic cancer in a supportive environment at Pancare Foundation’s Patient Support Day.

Topics delivered by a team of dedicated health professions on;

  • impacts of a cancer diagnosis
  • managing symptoms from treatment
  • diet & exercise
  • nourishing your mental health
  • complimentary therapies
  • resources to access
  • questions to ask your medical team

Upcoming Living with Pancreatic Cancer Support Days

Date and venue to be announced soon.

Please contact our Patient Support Services Coordinator to find out more information. Email or call 1300 881 698

Patient Support Meetings

Held monthly in Melbourne and Adelaide, the Pancare Patient Support Meetings bring together specialist speakers, patients and community leaders to initiate constructive and supportive conversations in a friendly and educative environment.

Melbourne Support Groups

Held 3rd Wednesday of every month, 11am – 1pm

Uniting Church, 187 Burgundy St, Heidelberg

Adelaide Support Groups

Held 3rd Tuesday of every month, 11am – 1pm

Rotated between the Cancer Care Centre in Unley and Tennyson Centre in Kurralta Park.

Please contact our Patient Support Services Coordinator to find out more information on patient support meetings. Email or call 1300 881 698

Telephone Support Group

Pancreatic Cancer Telephone Support Group

In conjunction with Cancer Council Victoria and New South Wales, Pancare is funding a national pancreatic cancer telephone support group run by professionals to assist in the isolation that can occur for patients living outside metropolitan areas.

The Pancreatic Cancer Telephone Support Group (TSG) is a free, professional facilitated support group from the comfort of your home or workplace, wherever you are in Australia. They are open groups and you can join in whenever you feel well enough on an ongoing basis.

How does it work? Members are telephoned by Cancer Council so there are no costs to participate. You can be called on a landline or a mobile.

To find out more, call Cancer Council NSW national referral line on 1300 755 632 or email

The Pancreatic TSG meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1.30pm – 2.30pm (EST) and accepts new members at any time.

The Advanced Cancer TSG meets the first and third Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm – 2.30pm (EST) and is for people with a variety of cancers, including pancreatic cancer.

The Carers’ TSG meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 1.30pm – 2.30pm (EST) and is for people caring for someone with any cancer, including pancreatic cancer.

The Telephone Support Group program is offered by Cancer Council NSW in conjunction with Cancer Council Victoria.

Pancreatic Nurse Specialists

Pancreatic Cancer Support Australia (PCSA)  provides a national, telehealth case management service, an online support service, online information based on current research, and nurse education and support.  PCSA is hosted and governed by the Centre for Community-Driven Research.

Through the telephone support service, you can access a registered nurse who can help you build you own personalised care plan or simply have a chat. Once you are assigned a nurse, you can access your nurse for as long as you and your family need.  You will always talk with the same nurse so that you don’t have to repeat your history each time. Simply call 1300 75 50 50 or email


How it works:

  1. Call 1300 75 50 50 or email to schedule a time to talk to a pancreatic care nurse or if you have a question that you would like to ask.
  2. Our pancreatic cancer nurse will call you at the scheduled time, listen to your needs and help develop a care plan for you and your family. If you want to involve your family in the call, that’s fine too.

Please click here for more information.


Telephone Support Groups