• 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 [...]

  • Ovarian cancer: Key links

    According to Ovarian Cancer Australia, ovarian cancer is a disease where some of the cells in one or both ovaries start to grown abnormally and develop into cancer. There are four main types: Epithelial ovarian cancer, borderline tumour, germ cell ovarian cancer and ex-cord stromal cell cancer. General information  Ovarian cancer – CanTeen: Overview of causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancer – Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre: Overview of diagnosis, treatment and support.  Podcasts  Ovarian cancer, sex and intimacy – Target Ovarian Cancer: Interview on physical and emotional issues and seeking help and support. Ovarian 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Non-hodgkin lymphoma: Key links

    According to Cancer Australia, non-hodgkin lymphoma occurs when certain types of white blood cells called lymphocytes grow in an uncontrolled way. There are three main types: lymphoblastic lymphoma, Burkitt lymphoma and large cell lymphoma. It occurs more often in older children than in younger children. General information Non-hodgkin lymphoma – The Leukaemia Foundation: Information about what non-hodgkin lymphoma is, its sub types and occurrence. Childhood non-hodgkin lymphoma treatment (PDQ®) – Patient version – National Cancer Institute: Information about the types of non-hodgkin lymphoma, diagnosis and staging. Non-hodgkin lymphoma – CanTeen: Information on possible causes, symptoms and diagnosis.        Podcasts  Hodgkin and Read more [...]

  • Hodgkin lymphoma: Key links

    According to Cancer Australia, Hodgkin lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin disease, occurs when certain types of white blood cells called lymphocytes grow in an uncontrolled way. CanTeen explains that Hodgkin lymphoma can occur at any age but is more common in people in their 20s. General information Hodgkin lymphoma – Cancer Research UK: Information on what Hodgkin lymphoma is, diagnosis, treatment and survival. Hodgkin lymphoma – The Leukaemia Foundation: Information about what Hodgkin lymphoma is, its sub types and occurrence. Hodgkin lymphoma – A guide for patients and families ­– The Leukaemia Foundation: Information booklet covering topics including symptoms, treatment, Read more [...]

  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML): Key links

    Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is a type of cancer affecting the blood and bone marrow. According to The Leukaemia Foundation, around 330 people are diagnosed with CML each year and it has three phases: the chronic phase, accelerated phase and blast phase. General information  Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia – CanTeen: Information on causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) – The Leukaemia Foundation: Information on what CML is, its phases and symptoms. Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia – A guide for patients and families – The Leukaemia Foundation: An information book on CML including prognosis, treatment and managing side-effects. Podcasts  Understanding Chronic Read more [...]