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Cancer Society Otago and Southland

Cancer Network Group Service



The Otago & Southland Division 
The Otago and Southland Division works to improve community wellbeing by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer with core activities in Support Services, Health Promotion, Information and Research.

Our comprehensive range of support services is designed to help patients, carers, friends and family deal with the impact of cancer while maintaining a positive future outlook. The Health Promotion Team focuses on reducing the risk of cancer by supporting communities to create healthy environments. 

We receive no direct government funding and rely solely on the generosity of donors for funding. 

Please refer to our website to find out more about what we offer and how you can access our extensive range of services, alternatively please feel welcome to contact us. The Otago and Southland Division covers a wide area, and has staff located on the ground in Dunedin, Invercargill, East and Northern Southland, Central Lakes, North, South and Western Otago. 

Our Core Activities 

  • Providing patient and carers support and information services
  • Health Promotion - programmes to reduce cancer risk
  • Recruiting, training and supporting a diverse team of volunteers
  • Funding Cancer Research
  • Fundraising activities including Daffodil Day and Relay For Life

Team details

We have a friendly team of trained nurses and social workers who are available to help and provide information and support to people, their families and supporters who have a cancer diagnosis or who are receiving treatment for cancer.


Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Cancer Society Otago and Southland Division will be closed from Thursday 24th December and reopen on Monday 11th January. If you require any assistance during this time we would recommend that you contact your GP or your health care professional team involved in your care to seek support. 

Public Holidays: Closed on all public holidays.

How to access this service

Cancer Information Helpline

Our Cancer Information Helpline is a national toll-free service available to people with cancer, their family/whanau, the general public and health professionals.

Experienced cancer nurses are available to answer your phone call or email on any cancer-related question, in confidence and in plain language.

Use our online referral form

For cancer information and support phone the Cancer Information Helpline on 0800 CANCER (226 237) or email SupportiveCare@cansoc.org.nz

Service Types


Cancer research



  • Support during treatment
  • Support for family/whānau/partners
  • Support groups


  • National Travel Assistance Scheme
  • Volunteer driving services


  • Headwear
  • Make-up
  • Wigs

Wellness / healthy lifestyle

Hospitals and cancer treatment centres

  • Whānau support services

Welfare & advocacy services

  • Advocacy services

Supportive health

  • Lymphoedema
  • Psychology
  • Social work

Cancer Types

Breast, Childhood Cancers, Gynaecological, Leukaemia and Blood, Lung, Prostate, Skin Cancer / Melanoma, Others, Brain and Spinal, Head and Neck / Thyroid, Upper Gastrointestinal (Oesophagus / Stomach / Liver), Lower Gastrointestinal (Bowel / Rectum / Anus), Kidney, Bladder, Testicular, Sarcoma

Contact Details

100 Thames Street, Ōamaru


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37 Clyde Street, Balclutha

Dunedin - South Otago

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149 Spey Street, Invercargaill


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This page was last updated at 11:13AM on November 6, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Cancer Society Otago and Southland.