• 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 Read more [...]

  • Bald Cartoons – free posters and profile pics

    Bald Cartoons is a Brazilian website featuring a range of famous cartoon characters with their heads shaved to help children with cancer not feel ‘different’. The website and heartwarming video below was created by cancer advocacy group GRAACC. The video shows the reactions of children when they see bald characters including Garfield, Hello Kitty and Snoopy. The website also allows families to print out posters or download social media profile pics. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on wellbeing, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • CanDo – a free app to help during cancer treatment

    CanDo is a free app that bridges people going through cancer treatment with their support network. The app aims to deliver positive social and practical benefits such as: Less social isolation Greater personal autonomy A reduction in the financial impact of stopping work More attention on general wellbeing Reducing the impact of stress and anxiety by removing concerns about how the “little things” get done. CanDo is strictly not-for-profit. It is also affiliated with The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, a founding sponsor. It is available on iTunes and Google Play. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on peer support, but we’re always Read more [...]

  • Gather My Crew: coordinate help in tough times

    Gather My Crew connects people facing cancer to their community of friends and family. The online tools allows them to ask for, and receive, the practical support they actually need such as meals, transport, help with the kids and more. This can help coordinate help in tough times. How it works Our easy-to-use technology lets Gatherers (those coordinating the support) choose the help required from our comprehensive list and encourages Crew Members (friends, family, neighbours) to choose how they can help. Getting started with Gather My Crew is as simple as:  Step 1. Choose the help needed. Step 2. Invite Crew Members to lend a hand. This can Read more [...]

  • School Puppet Show For Kids Stops Bullying

    Camp Quality’s travelling puppet show for primary schools answers all the difficult questions kids have about cancer. It also dispels common myths and teaches students how to be supportive and understanding of kids impacted by cancer. This will also help to prevent bullying and exclusion. Before you go … If you’ve been affected by childhood or young adult cancer, please share your insights and knowledge to help other people facing cancer. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • “I draw childhood cancer” – Cartoons by Angus

    I Draw Childhood Cancer is a Facebook page by talented artist Angus Olsen. His daughter Jane was diagnosed with Embryonic Rhabdomyosarcoma at 3 years old. Ever since he has created various works communicating the experience of having a child with cancer. He also draws other children from all across the world in ways that show their strength and beauty. On his Facebook page he writes: In 2016 our 2yo daughter was diagnosed with RMS cancer. In the nightmare I drew and it helped me. Now I draw childhood cancer and it somehow helps others. Cancer Advisor has a range of personal Read more [...]

  • Community tips for living with cancer

    Live Better With Cancer  is a web page which shares community tips to help patients and carers cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. They feature a wide range of topics that users can offer tips on, including: Skin Things Feeling Sick Hair Loss Difficulty Sleeping Eating Well Mouth Trouble Bowel & Bladder Issues Mind & Brain Doing Exercise Carers Survivorship Treatment Planning Going on Holiday     In addition to the community created tips Live Better with Cancer also have a range of expert guides. You may also want to take a look at their blog which features many different Read more [...]

  • CAN.recall – free app for recording information

    Rare Cancers Australia have developed the free CAN.recall app to help patients better understand their cancer diagnosis and treatment. It allows users to to store information from consultations. This makes it much easier to share with family and friends. The app has a structured mechanism which allows users to record answers that they can review at a later date. It also prompts the user with questions to ask their treating team. “It’s designed to take some of the stress out of cancer.[Patients]are getting hit with a massive amount of information… all of this is coming at them in waves at a Read more [...]

  • CancerAid – a free app for cancer management

    CancerAid is a free app where you can find personalised cancer information. You can also store your medical records, results and specialist’s details in a single location. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play. In this demo video, you can see how CancerAid works to empower cancer patients and those who care for them. Diagnosis in particular can be a difficult time for many patients and their family. It is common to experience feelings of isolation and overwhelm at this time. By keeping all your cancer information in one place, CancerAid can help you feel more in control of your Read more [...]

  • Mindfulness and meditation apps – A review

    A mum, who is also an Occupational Therapist, has put together this list of 5 mindfulness and meditation apps she has been using and shares her thoughts on them, including the pros and cons of each one. Hopefully this list acts as a helpful guide when choosing mindfulness or meditation tools for yourself or your child. Please note: A fee may be incurred to access some of these apps. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on mindfulness, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Kids’ Guide to Cancer – a free app

    The Kids’ Guide to Cancer app is a free, interactive educational program that answers the most common questions children have about cancer, developed by Camp Quality. The app contains age-appropriate information about cancer, hospitals, medicines, treatment and people who help. The app also features animated stories promoting peer support and understanding. It is available on iTunes and Google Play. The Kids’ Guide to Cancer App won “Best in Class” at the 2015 and 2017 Interactive Media Awards – their highest honour! This app has been designed for children and parents; teaches; and health professionals. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on apps, but we’re Read more [...]

  • MedAdvisor – a prescription tracking app

    MedAdvisor is a prescription tracking app where you can pre-order medications, receive script reminders, and keep track of medications for yourself and those in your care. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on apps, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.