• Centrelink: Key links

    Centrelink provides a range of support for people living with a disability or illness. Find out more about: Youth Disability Supplement: Information from the Department of Human Services. Payments for people living with an illness, injury or disability: Information from the Department of Human Services. Centrelink assistance: Overview created by Breast Cancer Network Australia. Financial assistance available to patients with cancer – Centrelink: Information sheet created by Work After Cancer. WeCare financial assistance and podcasts: Created by Kildonan.  Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on cancer treatment, but we are always looking for more content. Register now to contribute Read more [...]

  • Oesophageal cancer: Key links

    According to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, oesophageal cancer is cancer of the muscular tube that leads from the throat to the stomach. Around half of all oesophageal cancers occur in the middle third of the oesophagus, while 35% occur in the lower third and gastro-oesophageal junction. Only 15% of oesophageal cancers occur in the upper third of the organ. General information  Oesophageal cancer – Cancer Research UK: Information about different types and treatment. Oesophageal cancer – the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group: Detailed information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and more. Oesophageal cancer – Cancer Council: Overview of symptoms, diagnosis and Read more [...]

  • Lung cancer: Key links

    According to Cancer Australia, lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the lung grow in an uncontrolled way. It often spreads (metastasises) to other parts of the body before the cancer can be detected in the lungs. General information  Lung cancer – Cancer Council: Information on Non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment. Lung cancer – CanTeen: Short summary of causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.  Podcasts  Lung Cancer Update: Series of podcasts on lung cancer research and patient care.  Lung cancer stories  Lachlan’s story Victoria’s story Cassie’s story Cancer Advisor has a range of resources Read more [...]

  • Burkitt’s lymphoma: Key links

    According to Cancer Australia, Burkitt’s lymphoma is a type of non-hodgkin lymphoma. It develops from B cells and often starts as a tumour in the abdomen. It can spread quickly to other parts of the body. General information  Burkitt’s lymphoma – Lymphoma Australia: Brief overview of what Burkitt’s lymphoma is and how it is treated. Burkitt’s lymphoma – Leukaemia Foundation: Information on what Burkitt’s lymphoma is, incidence and treatment. Non-hodgkin lymphoma – Child – Rare Cancers Australia: Detailed information about types of non-hodgkin lymphoma including diagnosis and treatment.  Podcasts  Hodgkin and non-hodgkin lymphoma – Dr Geoff McCowage: Podcast on different Read more [...]

  • Melanoma: Key links

    According to Cancer Australia, melanoma occurs when abnormal cells in the skin grow in an uncontrolled way. It is a serious form of skin cancer because it can spread from the skin to other parts of the body. General information  Melanoma – CanTeen: Brief overview of what melanoma is, how it is diagnosed and treatment. Understanding skin cancers – Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre: Overview of skin cancers including treatment and support information. Support options – Melanoma Patients Australia: Information about support groups in Australia.  Melanoma stories  Dear Melanoma – a blog by Emma Betts Patient blogs – Melanoma Institute Australia Cancer Advisor Read more [...]

  • Wilms tumour: Key links

    According to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Wilms Tumour is a type of kidney cancer and comes from very specialised cells which are involved in the development of a baby’s kidneys while the baby is still in the womb. General information  Wilms tumour –Stanford Children’s Health: Detailed overview including causes and treatment. Wilms tumour and other childhood kidney tumours – National Cancer Institute: Detailed overview including treatment options. Podcasts  Wilms tumour – American and European approaches to treatment – Dr Geoff McCowage: Podcast on different approaches to treatment.  Wilms tumour stories  Finding hope: Wilms Tumour Healing through the art of writing  Read more [...]

  • Kidney cancer: Key links

    According to the Cancer Council, the most common type of kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma, accounting for about 90% of all cases. Usually only one kidney is affected, but in rare cases the cancer may develop in both kidneys. General information  Kidney or renal tumours in children – Cancer Australia: Information on various types of kidney cancers. Wilms tumour and other childhood kidney tumours treatment – National Cancer Institute: Detailed overview of treatment.  Podcasts  Kidney tumours in childhood – Dr Geoff McCowage: Podcast from a Paediatric Oncologist and Senior Staff Specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Wilms tumour Read more [...]

  • Liver cancer: key links

    According to Cancer Australia, liver tumours occur when abnormal cells grow in an uncontrolled way. There are a number of different types that can develop in children. General information  Liver cancer – Cancer Research UK: Information about liver cancer including the different types and their treatment. Liver cancer – CanTeen: General overview of what liver cancer is and how it is diagnosed. Cancer of the liver & liver tumours – Children with Cancer UK: Information about diagnosis, treatment and side effects.    Liver cancer stories  Finlay Higgs Ashley Rutenberg, Heptoblastoma Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on cancer treatment, but Read more [...]

  • Germ cell tumours: Key links

    According to Cancer Australia, germ cell tumours occur when abnormal germ cells grow in an uncontrolled way. A germ cell is the type of cell that develops into eggs (in the ovaries) or sperm (in the testicles). General information  Childhood central nervous system germ cell tumours treatment – National Cancer Institute: Detailed overview of treatment for central nervous system germ cell tumours in children. Germ cell tumours in children – CureSearch: Information about diagnosis, treatment and after treatment. Germ cell tumours – KidsHealth: Overview including types, diagnosis and treatment. Germ cell tumours in children – Macmillan: Detailed overview including treatment, side Read more [...]

  • Ewing’s sarcoma: Key links

    According to Cancer Council, sarcomas are bone and soft tissue tumours. Ewing’s sarcoma affects cells in the bone or soft tissue that multiply rapidly. General information  Ewing’s sarcoma – CanTeen: Overview of Ewing’s sarcoma including symptoms and treatment. Childhood soft tissue sarcoma treatment – National Cancer Institute: Detailed overview of treatment.  Podcasts  Bone tumours in children and young adults – Ewing’s sarcoma and osteosarcoma – Dr Geoff McCowage: Podcast about investigations and treatment. Bone tumours in children and young adults – Treatment of Ewing’s sarcoma ­– Dr Geoff McCowage: Podcast about investigations and treatment.  Ewing’s sarcoma stories  Ewing’s Sarcoma – Read more [...]

  • Rhabdomyosarcoma: Key links

    According to CanTeen, rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare type of cancer that comes from the skeletal muscle cells. There are three main types. Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma is more often found in younger children, alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma is more common in older children and adolescents and pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma tends to occur in middle-aged people. General information  Soft tissue sarcoma – Cancer Australia: Overview of the various types of soft tissue sarcomas including rhabdomyosarcoma. Childhood rhabdomyosarcoma treatment – National Cancer Institute: Detailed overview of treatment.  Podcasts  Rhabdomyosarcoma – Dr Geoff McCowage: Podcast about investigations and treatment.  Osteosarcoma stories  Childhood cancer: Reflections from a sister Jasmine’s story Read more [...]

  • Osteosarcoma: Key links

    According to CanTeen, Osteosarcoma is a type of cancerous tumour that starts in the bone (called a primary bone cancer). It is more common in teenagers as it usually develops in growing bones. General information  Bone tumours in children and teenagers – Cancer Australia: Overview of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and support. Osteosarcoma and malignant fibrous histiocytoma of bone treatment – National Cancer Institute: Detailed overview of treatment options.  Podcasts  Bone tumours in children and young adults – Ewing’s sarcoma and osteosarcoma – Dr Geoff McCowage: Podcast about investigations and treatment. Bone tumours in children and young adults – Treatment of Read more [...]

  • Sarcoma: Key links

    According to Cancer Council, sarcomas are bone and soft tissue tumours. There are a number of different types including osteosarcoma, which affects cells that grow bone tissue, chondrosarcoma, which grows in the cartilage and Ewing’s sarcoma, which affects cells in the bone or soft tissue that multiply rapidly. General information  Childhood soft tissue sarcoma treatment – National Cancer Institute: Detailed overview of treatment. Ewing’s sarcoma – CanTeen: Overview of Ewing’s sarcoma including symptoms and treatment.  Podcasts  Bone tumours in children and young adults – Ewing’s sarcoma and osteosarcoma – De Geoff McCowage: Podcast about investigations and treatment. Bone tumours in Read more [...]

  • Astrocytoma: Key links

    According to Cancer Australia, astrocytomas develop from a glial cell called an astrocyte. This is a cell that supports the nerve cells in the brain. The terms ‘astrocytoma’ and ‘glioma’ are often used interchangeably. Astrocytomas/Gliomas are categorised as low or high grade according to how ‘aggressive’ the tumour cells look under a microscope. General information  Astrocytoma – CanTeen: Brief overview including diagnosis and treatment. Childhood astrocytomas treatment – National Cancer Institute: General information on staging, treatment and recurrence. Gliomas in children – Cancer Research UK: Overview including treatment options and various types of glioma. Caring for someone with a brain tumour Read more [...]

  • Medulloblastoma: Key links

    According to Cancer Australia, medulloablastomas develop from a type of nerve cell in the cerebellum (the area at the back of the brain that controls movement and coordination). They tend to be aggressive tumours and often spread to other parts of the brain or spinal cord. General information  Medulloblastoma – Information, Treatment & Support – CanTeen: Brief overview of what a medulloblastoma is, diagnosis and treatment. Medulloblastoma – National Cancer Institute: Overview of occurrence, diagnosis and treatment. Medulloblastoma – Children’s Cancer Centre: Overview of diagnosis and treatment.  Podcasts  Medulloblastoma – Dr Geoff McCowage: Podcast about investigations and treatment.  Medulloblastoma stories  Read more [...]

  • Ependymoma: Key links

    According to Cancer Australia, ependymomas develop from ependymal cells. Ependymomas are given different names, depending on where they occur in the brain. They can spread to other parts of the central nervous system. General information  Childhood ependymoma treatment (PDQ®) – Patient version – National Cancer Institute: Information on what ependymoma is, staging and treatment options. Gliomas in children – Cancer Research UK: Information on the three main types of glioma including ependymoma. FAQs about ependymoma: Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network: Information about ependymoma classification and treatment. Ependymoma – Child – Rare Cancers Australia: Overview of the different types of ependymoma, diagnosis and Read more [...]

  • Retinoblastoma: Key links

    According to Cancer Australia, retinoblastoma occurs when abnormal cells in the retina (the light-sensing area at the back of the eye) grow in an uncontrolled way. It usually occurs in young children, and can affect one or both eyes. Cancer Research UK says retinoblastoma is a rare cancer that usually affects children under five. General information Retinoblastoma treatment (PDQ®) – Patient version – National Cancer Institute: Information on staging and treatment options. What is retinoblastoma? – American Cancer Society: Overview and information on diagnosis and treatment. Retinoblastoma – Children’s Cancer Centre: Short overview of retinoblastoma. Retinoblastoma cancer – Rare Cancers Australia: Read more [...]

  • Neuroblastoma: Key links

    According to CanTeen, neuroblastoma is the most common type of solid tumour in children. It is normally found in the adrenal glands of the kidney, but can develop in the nerve tissues of the neck, chest, abdomen or pelvis. Cancer Research UK says neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that usually affects children under five. General information  Living with neuroblastoma – Practical information for during treatment – Neuroblastoma Australia: Advice and tips drawn from the experiences of families. Neuroblastoma staging – Cancer Australia: A factsheet on staging, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and support.  Podcasts  Neuroblastoma – Dr Geoff McCowage: Podcast about diagnosis and Read more [...]