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July 31, 2019
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  • A glossary of terms relating to childhood cancer

    Cancer Australia has published a glossary of terms relating to children’s cancer. Receiving a cancer diagnosis can also mean being exposed to a huge range of new words, terms and phrases. It can help you when dealing with medial professionals to be on top of what all these terms mean. The government website Cancer Australia has created a list of over 1,000 terms listed in alphabetical order. They received this information from Cancer Help UK – the patient information website of Cancer Research UK. We’ve included some of the more common ones below, but it’s worthwhile clicking through to read the rest […]

  • “To the mom whose child just received a cancer diagnosis”

    To the mom whose child just received a cancer diagnosis is a heartfelt letter published on The Mighty. This insightful piece was written by Pauline Grady, whose son Sam is about to end his cancer treatment who says she is feeling lost. “I started thinking about the different emotions I’ve felt since the beginning,” she explains. “How lost I was at the beginning, how I felt I’d found a side of myself I never knew existed and how I’m now feeling lost again. Lost, found, lost.” Pauline begins her letter “Dear New Cancer Mom” as she reaches out to all the mothers […]

  • Tips to help your child on treatment

    It can be hard to support your child while they are receiving treatment and they may be scared or overwhelmed. Some parents have shared their tips to help you support your child when they are receiving treatment: ‘Seek out play therapists, comfort first technicians. Do what you can to find “better”, less traumatic ways for your child to have procedures.’ ‘During chemo or after chemo bring a special soft toy or blanket that your child is familiar with.’ ‘Use distraction techniques when accessing port i.e. using the iPad, reading etc.’ ‘Make admissions seem as everyday as possible to help reduce […]

  • How to prevent getting mouth sores

    Parents have shared that using the child toothpaste and the softest toothbrush you can get can help prevent getting mouth ulcers during chemo treatment. Do you have any other tips to prevent or help with mouth ulcers? Share them in the comments below.

  • Accommodation and school holiday programs for Victorian kids with cancer

    Are you based in Victoria, Australia? Challenge is a free resource that offers accommodation and school holiday programs for kids (aged 5-18) and families diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder who live in Victoria. Whether you fancy a cooking class or water sports, Challenge has something for everyone. Psst … before you go you have to read this There’s more to this website than this page! Cancer Advisor is an online platform full of cancer advice and knowledge. You’ll be directed to external websites and sources featuring reliable information for families of children with cancer, and young people under […]

  • Burkitt’s lymphoma at 15 — Cameron’s story

    Redkite and have created a video interview with 20-year-old Cameron who has been in remission from Burkitt’s lymphoma for the last five years. Cameron was diagnosed at 15. For two weeks he was feeling unwell with headaches, nausea, cold sweats and weight gain before he went to the doctor. “The doctor said my white cell count was pretty horrible,” he says in the video. He went to his local hospital in Redlands. “They had a fair idea it was leukaemia but they wouldn’t tell me at first, they thought I would have a bad reaction to it.” After going […]

  • Synovial sarcoma at 16 — CC’s story

    Redkite and have created a video interview with 19-year-old Charisse aka CC who was diagnosed with a rare form of tissue cancer called synovial sarcoma at 16. In the video she says “I was like an average 16 year old and like nothing better than hanging out with my friends. I was in Year 11 at school and especially enjoyed subjects such as maths and performance.” During the film, CC tells us that synovial sarcoma is a rare form of soft tissue sarcoma and is common in adolescents. It can also be misdiagnosed as a growing pains. Throughout the […]


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