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 group that meets in Melbourne and can connect you with telephone cancer support groups no matter where you live in Australia.

Patient Support Meetings

Held bi-monthly in Ivanhoe, Victoria, 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.

The April Patient Support Group will be held on the 21st April, 2017 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. 

Please see below materials provided at previous meetings:

February 2017 – Dale Ischia, Exercise Physiologist

March  2016 – Diet & Nutrition – Sophie Skalkos, APD/CDE
Clinical Nutrition for Oncology Patients
Living with Cancer – Symptom Management

To view all current events click here

To find out more information on patient support meetings please 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.

1300 4 A Nurse

The Centre for Community-Driven Research has launched The Erika Ruck and Margaret Lees Pancreatic Cancer Nurse Network.

If you are pancreatic cancer patient, caring for someone with pancreatic cancer or an oncology nurse looking after a pancreatic cancer patient – this service is for you.

How it works:

  1. Schedule a time using the booking system to talk with our pancreatic cancer nurse.
  2. You can also call 1300 4 A NURSE or email to schedule your consultation or if you have a question that you would like to ask
  3. 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 to book your consultation.


Telephone Support Groups