• Advice and strategies for life after cancer treatment 

    Life After Cancer Treatment — 5 Things to Know was published on the LIVESTRONG Foundation blog. After cancer treatment ends it is important to know that a survivors body and mind may have experienced a very difficult and life changing event. This webpage covers: cognitive changes your emotions physical effects eating well and exercise creating a survivorship care plan Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on life after cancer, 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 [...]

  • 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, Read more [...]

  • Eating well during cancer treatment

    This article from Australian Healthy Food Guide offers some tips for eating well during cancer treatment. Dietitian Charlotte Graydon discusses some of the common eating problems, and solutions, for cancer patients. “There are few families who haven’t been affected by cancer in some way. Cancer treatment and surgery are major issues to face during this time. And eating well brings yet another set of challenges into the mix. Your body is under a lot of stress during treatment and, while maintaining a healthy diet is essential, it can be difficult. The cancer itself can cause taste changes, fatigue, anxiety, depression Read more [...]

  • Ending cancer treatment

    Ending cancer treatment is a complex phase of the cancer journey and will be unique to different families. This nine-minute podcast created by the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) explores what you might expect at the end of treatment. Podcast author Lena speaks with mother Bridget and family therapist Maria about navigating the end of childhood cancer treatment. “End of treatment is an important milestone and a time that families look forward to with participation,” says Lena. She says there can be a mix of different thoughts and feelings from different family members. Bridget says while she was happy and relieved she was also Read more [...]

  • Explainer: What is nanomedicine and how can it improve childhood cancer treatment?

    The Conversation has published an article about how Australian researchers are looking at how they can use nanomedicine to improve the side effects of cancer treatment for children. What is nanomedicine?  Nano means tiny – a nanometre is one-billionth of a metre! – and nanomedicine is the use of nanoparticles in medicine. This article talks about using nanoparticles to transport drugs to places they wouldn’t be able to go on their own. How does that help with side effects?  Nanoparticles can be designed to: better target cancer cells, which means less damage to healthy cells break down into harmless byproducts transport Read more [...]

  • Fertility and cancer treatment

    Redkite have information for parents and young people about cancer treatment and how this might affect fertility. Getting information about fertility and treatment Support through awkward discussions What if treatment has already started? Cancer treatment can affect fertility and it is important to have discussions with your treatment team about what your options are. During treatment this may not seem like a priority, but decisions made early on can have long-term effects so it is important to find out about fertility as early as possible. For some families it may be uncomfortable to have discussions about sex and fertility. Unfortunately, many Read more [...]

  • Immunisations after cancer treatment has finished

    Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) has created a one-page factsheet  about immunisations after cancer treatment has finished. According to the factsheet your child will need boosters after their treatment for cancer has been completed. The factsheet covers questions such as: When should immunisations be given after cancer treatment? Exactly what ones are needed? Where can I get them done? Does my child need any special vaccinations to travel overseas? and Who to contact for further questions. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on life after cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story Read more [...]

  • Late effects of childhood cancer treatment

    Cancer.Net has created a video on late effects of childhood cancer treatment. They spoke with Doctor Lisa Diller who is a Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncolgy. Doctor Diller outlines the importance of watching for late effects of treatment for childhood cancer survivors. Doctor Diller describes late effects as the side effects of the cancer treatment that occurs well after the cancer has been cured. She says to think of them as “effecting parts of the body that were detrimentally effected by therapy” such as chemotherapy, surgery or radiation. Watch the video below to find out more. Cancer Read more [...]

  • Life after childhood cancer treatment

    After the Rain is a short documentary that covers two stories from families about life after childhood cancer treatment – created by the Victorian Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services (PICS). You can also find a podcast series on what to expect after finishing treatment, and a “coming off treatment” handbook. On the website it says, “When treatment ends, families may feel excited about the future. Completing treatment is often an anticipated and celebrated milestone. However, it may be surprising to discover mixed feelings about coming off treatment. The coming off treatment handbook and immunisation after cancer treatment has finished resources have been designed to support families Read more [...]