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There’s often a lot going on when you or someone you care for has cancer. You might be overloaded with new information, managing a big upheaval to you or your family’s routine, and dealing with some difficult emotions, all at once.

 

Cancer Advisor is here to help make things a bit easier with helpful information, practical tips, and stories from others.

  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement

    “It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening”, (Sue Monikkid) – but in these changing times of COVID-19, the world has strangely stopped in some ways. During this pandemic, the devastation, sadness and isolation is shared globally, and we all ‘get it’ and can understand the impact. But when it comes to bereavement, sadly many people and communities don’t understand. Grief can be described as a deep and intense sorrow and as tough as it can be it is a natural reaction which helps us work through the […]

  • ‘Chin up’: Breaking down the barriers between men and support

    Most men would be familiar with phrases such as ‘act like a man’ and ‘grow some …’. But what do these phrases say about how a man should behave when his child is diagnosed with cancer? Men are encouraged to show strength and it might seem you can’t say you’re struggling and keep your man badge. So it’s a good thing men don’t need support… right? There’s been a lot of debate about whether our emotions are determined by our biological sex but our feelings don’t depend on our gender. From a very early age, our brains are storing what […]

  • Can Centrelink help my family?

      We understand that families are under high amounts of pressure and stress during the course of their child’s treatment and beyond. Understanding and navigating Centrelink is difficult and confusing. Here we’re highlighting a few tips about Centrelink and other options that may be relevant to you and your family.  Tips for accessing Centrelink services and payments   Speak to a Social Worker at your Centrelink office Social Workers can help with your application and direct you to the most appropriate payment depending on your situation. Centrelink Social Workers can also assist you with information, short term counselling, referrals to […]

  • Motivation

    What is motivation? Where does motivation come from, and how do we find it? We all kind of know what it is, but often it just seems like something that is missing. Some people seem so full of motivation and energy, but for most of us, it’s common to feel like motivation is hard to find, and even harder to hang on to, especially when it comes to tasks we find tedious, time consuming or not very high on our list of priorities. So when we’re going through a difficult time, such as the frightening experience of your child receiving […]

  • Family Tensions in COVID-19

      The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on us all. It’s brought many unexpected stressors that can affect our lives in different ways. Relationships with those close to us can be especially impacted so it’s important to recognise the ways our families are being affected by the additional stress everyone is experiencing right now.   The roles we play  We have a role when we go to work, whether it’s as a team leader, a professional or the calm face of an organisation. Then when we come home, we have a different role, like a caregiver or partner. As […]

  • Homeschool – Your Rules

        Homeschooling: it may seem like an odd topic to cover when all you can think about is your child getting through treatment and being okay; when the most important thing right now is avoiding coronavirus – or any virus or infection for that matter. We understand that getting through treatment is a family’s number one priority.  We hear that homeschooling is an added stress that comes up, particularly now with COVID-19. This article covers some ways parents can consider their homeschooling approaches through cancer treatment, and through COVID-19 and beyond. Working with your values about learning Before you […]

  • Ben’s story: ‘Cancer has taught me a lot’

    Diagnosis & treatment After having a sore on his neck for a few weeks Ben decided to make an appointment with his local GP in Perth. Although Ben was more preoccupied about the sore, after hearing about Ben’s history of headaches the doctor insisted on getting tests done. A few weeks later, the 23-year-old was told he had a benign brain tumour and needed surgery. However, after testing the biopsy the tumour turned out to be a malignant four centimetre mass. It was classified as stage 2 with characteristics of stage 3 astrocytoma glioma. The mass was on the right […]

  • Nutrition tips for children during cancer treatment

    You’re probably aware that nutrition plays a huge part in a child’s overall health and wellbeing at any stage of their lives. However, did you know that nutrition may also help your child to better tolerate their cancer treatment, fight infection and assist with their recovery? Here’s what the experts have to say about the best way to approach nutrition during a child’s cancer treatment. Also, please go easy on yourself and remember that it’s okay to be flexible and cut corners while your child is in hospital. It won’t cause any harm if you serve Weet-bix for dinner or […]

  • “To the mom whose child just received a cancer diagnosis”

    To the mom whose child just received a cancer diagnosis is a heartfelt letter published on The Mighty. This insightful piece was written by Pauline Grady, whose son Sam is about to end his cancer treatment who says she is feeling lost. “I started thinking about the different emotions I’ve felt since the beginning,” she explains. “How lost I was at the beginning, how I felt I’d found a side of myself I never knew existed and how I’m now feeling lost again. Lost, found, lost.” Pauline begins her letter “Dear New Cancer Mom” as she reaches out to all the mothers […]

  • Ritchie’s story: Caring for a child with cancer and Down syndrome

    In January Ritchie Farrugia was told his six-year-old daughter Bella had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia also known as ALL. Bella also has Down syndrome and at the time of diagnosis, Ritchie had already been her full-time carer for the last four years. Cancer Advisor spoke to him about being a dad in a children’s hospital ward and how Down syndrome affects cancer treatment. What’s it like being a dad in a children’s hospital ward? The first few months I stayed at the hospital full-time with Bella. My wife’s back is not too good, not that mine was great but, it was […]

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