Mel Greaves received a knighthood late last year for his research into why children develop leukaemia. In this article from The Guardian, he explains how it’s now understood that a combination of genetic mutations in the womb, and chronic inflammation in response to infection, can lead to leukaemia developing. Greaves is currently working on a ‘cocktail of microbes’ that could block the inflammation response, potentially reducing the risk of leukaemia and other diseases.
The Leukaemia Foundation has created a list of general questions to ask your doctor at both diagnosis and routine appointments. Cancer Advisor has a range of content on questions to ask your treating team, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s After Diagnosis is an in-depth online guide to managing the challenges of a blood cancer diagnosis. It provides information to help patients and their families cope with the complex practical and emotional issues that come with living with blood cancers and related blood disorders. Areas covered include: Family Matters, Telling Others, Looking After Yourself, The New You, Body Image, Providing Support, Pregnancy with a Blood Cancer, Coping as a Carer, and Travel Tips. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on leukaemia, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.
Leukaemia survivor Declan, who is currently in remission after being diagnosed in 2015, has made a special request to Make-A-Wish Australia. After surviving childhood cancer, Declan’s wish was to blow something up. The 12-year-old was allowed to spend the day with Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) Specialist Response Group at its Majura headquarters in Canberra. He had the opportunity to see his wish come true; blowing up walls, doors and even have his name spelled out by explosives on a special training ground. You can watch Declan’s experience in the video below. Cancer Advisor has a range of personal stories, but we’re always looking for […]