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July 31, 2019
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  • Cancer Dads – The forgotten half

    Matt is a Cancer Dad whose daughter Sally was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at only 10 months old. On his blog Sweet Sally Sunshine, he shares his thoughts on what it means to be a Cancer Parent and the important role both mums and dads play when their child is receiving treatment for cancer. Cancer Advisor has a range of content pieces for dads experiencing childhood cancer. Or, if you have any questions that need answering or specific content you want to see, please let us know on our Feedback and Contact. We want to help you find what you’re […]

  • Cancer dads: you’re not alone

    Cancer Dads: You’re Not Alone is a personal story written by Matt Kabel on the St Baldrick’s Foundation website. Earlier this year, Matt wrote about what it’s really like to be a father of a child with cancer. “The post took off and was shared on social media more than anything I had ever written before,” Matt said. The response moved him to start a private Facebook page that is an online support group called Childhood Cancer Dads Support Group. Matt shares what he’s learned since then, with photos submitted by dads in his group. “Every dad who applies is personally vetted prior to being […]

  • If you know a dad with a sick child, please do this for him

    On The Mighty, mother Pauline Grady offers advice on simple and straightforward ways you can support a dad with a sick child. Her story also talks about how fathers are equally as affected as mothers by their child’s cancer diagnosis but they tend to cope with it in different ways. She writes: “One thing I remember so vividly is Rick holding Sam when they told us he had cancer. I remember my knees weakening and holding onto the counter and screaming. I turned to look at Rick and he had a steady stream of tears running down his face and […]

  • Dads open up about their child’s cancer treatment

    Professional British footballer and children’s writer Frank Lampard visits a CLIC Sargent Home from Home in the UK to meet with some of the dads who have a child with cancer.   These raw and powerful personal stories offer an eye-opening insight to some of the ways fathers have coped with their child’s cancer diagnosis. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for dads whose children have cancer. Or, if you have any questions that need answering, please let us know on our Feedback and Contact form. We want to help you find what you’re looking for. Before you go We’d love […]

  • For young adults – cancer and your family

    If you’re a young person diagnosed with cancer you probably have lots of questions about how it will affect your family. While every family is different and has its own strengths and quirks, it may be helpful to consider some common questions. Click on a section below to see some tips and hints, as well as recommendations for further reading. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for young people facing cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Ritchie’s story: Caring for a child with cancer and Down syndrome

    In January Ritchie Farrugia was told his six-year-old daughter Bella had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia also known as ALL. Bella also has Down syndrome and at the time of diagnosis, Ritchie had already been her full-time carer for the last four years. Cancer Advisor spoke to him about being a dad in a children’s hospital ward and how Down syndrome affects cancer treatment. What’s it like being a dad in a children’s hospital ward? The first few months I stayed at the hospital full-time with Bella. My wife’s back is not too good, not that mine was great but, it was […]

  • Six lessons in fatherhood and childhood cancer

    Six lessons in fatherhood from a journey with childhood cancer is a blog written by Larry Vincent – a father whose daughter has been fighting brain cancer for over 13 years. Larry outlines the six lessons he has learnt throughout his cancer experience. The blog is framed as advice for other fathers who may be starting their family cancer journey, and is thoughtful and relevant to Australian families. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for dads experiencing childhood cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • My Blog ‘A Brave New World’

    In this powerful blog called a Brave New World, author Gavin Latz shares his experiences dealing with his 6-year-old son’s cancer diagnosis. “My wife was sick the first view weeks we found ourselves on Camperdown ward at Westmead so found it hard to come in as didn’t want to bring in germs. It was an emotional time and writing about how I felt (as a dad) allowed me to ‘let it all out’ – and basically let everyone know what we were dealing with.” Follow this link, if you’re a Dad whose child has cancer. Or, if you have any questions […]

  • Jordan’s story: living with optic nerve glioma has made two videos about teenager Jordan who has optic nerve glioma, a brain tumour. He was diagnosed with optic nerve glioma and has gone through different chemotherapy regimes. On the website it says: “In 2008, Jordan was given a 3% chance of survival after he slipped into a coma after Jordan suffered a stroke. Jordan had to learn how to walk again and took weeks until he could speak. In 2009, Jordan was given an MRI which found a tumour – Optic Nerve Glioma and Jordan has since gone through different chemotherapy regimes but is now on a […]

  • Tosh’s story: how he helped end his daughter’s cancer

    After more than two years of chemotherapy, Tosh Nagashima helped end his daughter’s cancer. Cancer Advisor called him to talk about his family’s experience. In March 2014 four-year-old Bella was diagnosed with high-risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). After arriving at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in an ambulance, Bella started chemotherapy immediately. During treatment, Bella’s father continued to work full-time and take care of their youngest daughter Olivia while his wife Vanie spent day and night in the hospital. “After work I would visit Bella in the hospital every day,” he explains. “It was hard for her younger sister […]

  • Oncology parental support Facebook groups – QLD

    In Queensland at Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital there are two parent support Facebook groups. The first one is for all parents and called ‘The Real Housewives of 11B’. The second is for fathers or similar male significant family members of an oncology child and called ‘LCCH Oncology dads’. Both are run by parents, have set guidelines and all requests to join must respond to a set group of questions. Neither allow staff, support staff or charity staff to join and neither are affiliated with Queensland Health. They are both simply support groups, run by the parents for the parents. The […]

  • Parents tips for self-care during childhood cancer

    Parents have shared their top tips for looking after yourself when your child has been diagnosed with cancer. ‘Don’t bottle up emotions. Showers are great places to release pent up emotions.’ ‘Take care of yourself. It’s easy to only think of your sick child, but you must care for your own health.’ ‘Eat healthy along the way.’ ‘For Dads: Don’t be afraid to show emotion; you don’t always have to be the tough one. It will come at once if you bottle it up and that is not good for you, your child or your family.’ ‘Try not to bottle everything up inside as a parent. […]


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