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July 31, 2019
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  • Adult hospitals and treatment centres in Australia

    When it comes to hospital and treatment centres, teenagers and young people facing cancer have a unique set of needs. Where a young person is treated will most likely depend on their age. If you’re a young adult, you’ll go to an adult hospital. However, teenagers can be sent to either a children’s hospital or an adult facility. What hospital you go to may also depend on where you live or even what type of cancer you have. Not all hospitals offer cancer treatment, so you may have to travel, especially if you live in a regional or rural area. Some […]

  • Navigating finances – using insurance during cancer

    If you’re facing cancer, navigating insurance entitlements might not be on your radar. We’ve found some resources that could help you understand the various insurance entitlements out there and how you can access them. Have we missed something? If there is a finance question you need answered, please don’t hesitate to let us know and we will do what we can to answer it for you. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on finances and cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Leaving hospital

    When a child or young person finishes cancer treatment it can be a time of mixed emotions. Often this is a long anticipated event, and when it feels like they should be happy and celebrating, families may also feel anxious and overwhelmed. Leaving hospital and going home will be a different experience for each person, but Cancer Advisor has some resources on finishing treatment that may be useful. “Leaving hospital can be a scary time for a lot of families. They talk about leaving the safety net of the hospital, leaving their oncology family. Often losing this close support is the […]

  • Total body irradiation

    Total body irradiation (TBI) is the term used when radiotherapy is given to the whole body. Radiotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses high energy rays, similar to x-rays. TBI may be used in conjunction with high dose chemotherapy drugs. This is often used in preparation for a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.  This fact sheet from the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) provides information on total body irradiation. The resource gives an overview of: What is total body irradiation? Getting ready for total body irradiation What is it like? Taking care of your child during total body […]

  • Bereavement and grief

    Bereavement is the loss of someone through death, and grief is our response to loss. The grief that follows a young person’s death lasts a lifetime, and losing a child to cancer is one of the most devastating things that can happen to any family. When your child dies is a booklet from Redkite that uses the real experiences of bereaved parents to help other parents and carers following the death of their child.  It is important to remember that grief is personal and unique – everybody grieves differently and that’s okay. There will be a number of different factors that will […]

  • Battle Weapons: A coping guide for young people with cancer

    Hi, my name is Nell and I’m the author of Battle Weapons: A coping guide for young people with cancer. I’m also a nurse and a cancer survivor. In high school, when we started the discussion about our future, my career advisor suggested nursing. This really appealed to me; to serve and support people at their most vulnerable is a great honour and privilege. Nursing is very diverse and I wasn’t sure for a long time where I wanted to take it, until I was diagnosed with cancer. I know my life’s purpose is to help those with cancer, particularly young people. […]

  • Understanding changes in thinking and memory

    Understanding changes in thinking and memory is a 3-page factsheet by the Cancer Council. This factsheet covers areas such as: What is cancer-related cognitive impairment? How can thinking and memory be affected? What causes cognitive changes? Who is affected? How long does it last? Effect on your emotional wellbeing Managing thinking and memory changes What is cognitive rehabilitation? Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on the effects of cancer treatment, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • 8 resources for when your child goes back to school after treatment

    If your child has finished their cancer treatment, you might be wondering how they will transition back into full time study. Your child may be looking forward to the social aspect of school … although, they may be nervous too.  Perhaps you’re keen for a new sense of routine, and school seems like a good way to add some structure post-treatment.  You might also be wondering what information or support your child’s teacher will need. Here are some helpful resources if your child is about to start back at school, or just needs some extra support adjusting. 1  A teacher’s […]

  • Looking after yourself while caring for your child

    Paediatric Palliative Care offers tip on looking after yourself when you are caring for a child with a life-limiting illness. Further Reading Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on End of Life including sibling grief, grandparent grief and paediatric palliative care. Please note: if you have any questions that need answering or specific content you want to see, please let us know on our Feedback and Contact. We want to help you find what you’re looking for.

  • Taking care of relationships while your child has cancer

    Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services factsheet for taking care of relationships while your child has cancer. This 2-page PDF covers relationships: with your partner with your other children with your family and friends. Cancer Advisor has found a range of resources on relationships. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And you’ll receive regular notifications when fresh content, […]

  • Teachers support when a student has died

    Teachers support when a student has died is very important for both the child’s family and the broader school community. Paediatric Palliative Care offers information to support teachers whose student, or a student’s sibling, has died including: sharing the news common grief responses memory-making and funerals when to seek help Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on end of life and bereavement, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Supporting your partner when your child has a life-limiting illness

    Supporting your partner when your child has a life-limiting illness is mostly unspoken territory. That doesn’t mean that relationship wellbeing shouldn’t be prioritised. This factsheet from Paediatric Palliative Care discusses how a child’s life-limiting illness might impact relationships. It also offers strategies to manage various issues including anger, unmet expectations and intimacy. Further Reading Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on End of Life including sibling grief, grandparent grief and paediatric palliative care. Please note: if you have any questions that need answering, please let us know on our Feedback and Contact page. We want to help you find what you’re […]

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