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July 31, 2019
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  • Support services for rare cancer patients

    Rare Cancers Australia outlines how patients can access support services for rare cancers. It covers: Phone Service Oncologists Financial Advice Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on support services, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Our Cancer Journey: Team Bella – Never give up!

    In March of 2014, our family was thrown onto the oncology roller coaster when Bella (aged four), was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (high risk). She would complete two and half years of chemotherapy bringing her into remission. Unfortunately, Bella relapsed in March 2017, eight months post treatment.     Bella would endure another eight months of intense treatment (including more intense chemotherapy followed by two bone marrow transplants). During her treatment, as her mum, carer and advocate, I decided to document her arduous journey. To provide awareness about childhood cancer and in doing so, provide hope, comfort and inspiration […]

  • Supporting siblings of childhood cancer patients

    This web page on the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute website discusses how various support services can support siblings of childhood cancer patients. Please note: this article mentions children who have died. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on siblings, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Relapse after cancer as a teen or young adult

    Sometimes, despite the best care and significant progress made in treatment, cancer comes back. When this happens it is called a recurrence or relapse. The likely relapse occurs is that a few of the original cancer cells survived the initial treatment. Sometimes, this is because cancer cells spread to other parts of the body and were too small to be detected during the follow-up immediately after treatment. There can be a lot to manage if you experience relapse after cancer as a teen or young adult. This factsheet by Redkite offers an insight into some of the questions you might be asking yourself […]

  • 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 […]

  • Cancer treatment for teens and young adults

    This factsheet from Redkite gives an overview on cancer treatment for teens and young adults including: types of cancer treatment, complementary therapy and cancer, clinical trials, side effects, and sticking with treatment. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on cancer treatment, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource. Join our community Cancer Advisor is an online platform with a wide range of cancer advice and knowledge. We provide information for families of children and young people with cancer. You’ll be directed to external websites and sources featuring reliable information […]

  • Understanding palliative care for people with cancer

    The Cancer Council and Palliative Care Australia have created a 56-page online PDF called Understanding Palliative Care, a guide for people with cancer, their friends and family. It including types of treatment and how to seek support if needed. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on end of life, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Advocate for your rights

    What are your rights as someone with cancer? And how can you protect or advocate for these rights? This factsheet by Work After Cancer is funded by the Australian Government to help you understand the law and what your rights and responsibilities are as a person with cancer. Your rights and responsibilities as a patient with cancer: You have a right to fair treatment You do not have to disclose your cancer diagnosis You cannot be denied a job because of cancer You can ask for a reasonable work adjustments You have a responsibility to inform your employer when taking […]

  • Treat Unique: Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service @ Epworth Richmond

    Treat Unique is a dedicated adolescent & young adult (AYA) cancer service that aims to provide comprehensive cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship care for 15-25 year olds that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs and life stage, so they can continue to live a full and rewarding life. The new service is the first of its kind in the private system and located at Epworth Richmond, Melbourne. The AYA specialist team includes medical, nursing, social work, pilates instructor and a patient mentor. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on support services, but we’re always looking for more content. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Tips for telling a kid they have cancer

    A paediatric cancer specialist shares their tips for telling a kid they have cancer. For more information, Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on diagnosis. 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.

  • Understanding complementary therapies

    Understanding complementary therapies is an 88-page online booklet developed by the Cancer Council. Cancer Council (and Cancer Advisor) only support complementary therapies which have been found safe and effective in scientific studies. This booklet explores therapies such as meditation and relaxation, support groups, art therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, acupuncture and yoga. It also looks at how these therapies can be used alongside your standard treatment for cancer. Always speak with your treating team if you are planning on taking any treatment or therapies outside of your standard treatment for cancer. Have you had any experience with complementary therapies? Let us know in the comments […]

  • If treatment doesn’t work for your cancer

    If treatment doesn’t work is a Redkite information sheet about what happens if your cancer is not curable. It includes topics such as managing emotion, avoidance and distraction, hope and making choices. Being told that your cancer is not curable and facing the idea of dying is the hardest news most people can imagine hearing. Please know that the Redkite support team are here for you and those close to you at this time. Further Reading Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on End of Life including sibling grief, grandparent grief and paediatric palliative care. Please note: if you have any questions that need […]

  • Managing work and finances during cancer

    This resource from Redkite provides an overview on managing work and finances during cancer. Practical issues like continuing work or managing bills during treatment can become significant worries for young people facing cancer. If you are a young person with cancer, or you are supporting someone through their cancer journey this web page may help. You may also be eligible for Redkite’s Financial Assistance, check out their financial help page to see if you can get any additional support. If you are eligible for this support, it may include help covering the essentials such as: Bills for electricity, gas, water, rates, […]

  • Teen Girl Living With Cancer – Ellie’s Story

    Teen Girl Living with Cancer is a personal blog by childhood cancer advocate, Ellie. You can also follow her on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. At 14 years old Ellie was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. “It totally flipped my life upside down but now I can use all the horrible experiences I had to inspire and advise you guys.” At the time of writing, her Instagram and Facebook pages were the most up-to-date. On her instagram she says: NED since 22/01/16. I’m in remission. Before you go … If you’ve been affected by childhood or young adult cancer, […]

  • The Value of Community During Cancer

    Below is a blog post on The Value of Community During Cancer. This article first appeared on www.YouCan.org and was contributed by Anastasia who lost her sister to cancer. Chrisy is my dear sister who was diagnosed at the age of 17 in 2010 with rhabdomyosarcoma (a very very rare type of cancer). At the time of her diagnosis she was in year 12 and I was in year 10. As we were both young, it was very hard to comprehend what cancer is and how fast it could ruin the human body. Slowly we started to learn everything from the moment […]

  • 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 […]

  • Tumour Has It – Beth’s blog about soft tissue sarcoma

    Tumour Has It is a blog by 21-year-old cancer patient, Beth. The university student was diagnosed with a malignant peripheral neural sheath tumour (MPNST), a rare form of soft tissue sarcoma. She writes about her experience as a young woman dealing with cancer diagnosis and 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.

  • 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.

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