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  • 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 […]

  • Cultural barriers in cancer treatment: Aboriginal communities

    VJOncology (The Video Journal of Oncolgoy) has created a video about the cultural barriers in cancer treatment in regards to Aboriginal communities. In this three minute video, Jasmine Micklem, PhD, of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute talks with Roslyn Weetra, an Aboriginal Elder and cancer survivor. Even though this video was created in South Australia, Doctor Micklem talks about these barriers as a nationwide issue. She opens with, “We found across all of the states there are disparities, particularly around mortality.” She continues that Aboriginal people are diagnosed with cancer at the same rate as other Australians, however, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Living without your child: for parents and carers

    Living without your child is a nine-page booklet written using the real experiences of bereaved parents about life after your child dies. It was adapted from CLIC Sargent by Redkite. This booklet is a part of a series which also includes When your child isn’t going to get better and When your child dies. The booklet has sections including: Understanding your grief Dealing with other people Supporting your other children Family and friends Your child’s personal belongings Your child’s room Will I ever be happy again? Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on end of life, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a […]

  • 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 […]

  • Accessing insurance during your child’s cancer treatment

    Redkite’s information sheet covers accessing insurance during your child’s cancer treatment. The various insurance types include: health insurance, life insurance, income protection, trauma insurance, and travel insurance. 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.

  • By My Side: Stories from parents whose child has died from cancer

    By My Side: Stories from parents whose child has died from cancer is both a book and short video created for bereaved parents. You can order the book free of charge by calling (1800 733 548) or emailing support@redkite.org.au. By My Side – the book This book of quotes was produced by Redkite in partnership with Dr Leigh Donovan – a clinician, researcher and advocate in paediatric palliative care and loss, grief and bereavement. Over 100 parents participated in a research study (2012-2016) where they generously shared the story of their child’s cancer experience, end of life and family’s journey into bereavement. The quotes and […]

  • Accessing your superannuation early

    Redkite gives an overview on accessing your superannuation early at different stages of cancer treatment. Before you go … If you’ve been affected by childhood or young adult cancer, Cancer Advisor would love you to share your insights and knowledge on the site. Your story could help other people facing cancer, and make them feel less alone. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • Budgeting during a cancer diagnosis

    Redkite offer tips to support you with budgeting during cancer. Topics include: how to write a budget applying for financial hardship, and extending or reducing your bill payments. Cancer Advisor has found a range of resources on finances and cancer. 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, relevant to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

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