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  • “Cancer anger”, explained by a therapist

    “Cancer anger” is a common experience for people facing cancer. In this Mighty article on cancer anger, therapist Karin Sieger explains: What is cancer anger? When does it happen? Who gets it? And what can you do about it?  “Cancer anger is a normal response to fear, despair and grief – a range of feelings which cancer brings into our lives. It can show as frustration, irritability, emotional withdrawal or aggression. You can feel it whether you have been diagnosed or you are a relative or friend. Cancer anger can happen at any stage of the illness, even years after treatment.” –  Karin Sieger Have you […]

  • Kids meet and interview a kid with cancer

    HiHo Kids has created a sweet and amusing video called “Kids Meet a Kid With Cancer” featuring Kira, an 8-year-old cancer survivor. HiHo Kids is a humorous YouTube channel created in Seattle that features a series of interviews with a cast of diverse American kids. These unscripted videos are broken off into topics such as: Kids Meet – the kids meet different types of people such a magician, deaf person or little person; Kids Try – the kids are given various foods to sample from across the globe; and Kids Describe – the kids describe things like their parents, love […]

  • Soft tissue cancer – Lauren’s story of becoming an amputee

    University student, Lauren (aged 22), was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer called epithelioid sarcoma which lead to a thumb amputation. Being right handed, she was concerned that surgery would have an impact on her dexterity and ability to play piano. The subsequent surgery and rehabilitation Lauren received ensured she was able to use her hand again but Lauren does discuss her fear of recurrence and the sense of isolation she felt from her peers on the Cancer Council website.

  • Re-Mission 2 – a video game for kids with cancer

    Re-Mission 2 games is an online video game created by Hopelab. The game aims to give kids and young adults with cancer a sense of power and control. The website say the games “help kids and young adults with cancer take on the fight of their lives. Based on scientific research, the games provide cancer support by giving players a sense of power and control and encouraging treatment adherence.” All six Re-Mission 2 games can be played online for free. The Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge mobile app is available for download on iOS. “In 2014, Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge, our cancer-fighting mobile app for iOS […]

  • ‘Mary has a brain tumour’ – a storybook by Redkite

    Mary has a brain tumour is a storybook written for parents and carers to read with children to help them understand what a brain tumour is and the treatment it involves. This book was adapted from CLIC Sargent by Redkite. You can download the PDF here. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on brain cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • How to save your nails during chemo

    Live Better With Cancer look at what might happen to your finger and toe nails when you have chemotherapy and how you can help prevent the changes. Note: Please always talk with your treating team about the side effects of your treatment. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs and preferences such as particular cancer type and age group. And you’ll receive regular notifications when fresh content, […]

  • Nerida’s story: Turning Brisbane gold for kids with cancer

    The 1st of September is our D-Day anniversary, so this year I decided to channel my energy into something positive. I turned Brisbane Gold. Brisbane City Hall, The Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge all shone gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness. This is how it happened: Receiving a diagnosis On the 1st September 2015 my Son Xavier was diagnosed with Stage III Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma of the bladder at just 23 months of age. We had to move to Brisbane from Townsville for treatment and as I knew very few people here, I started a Facebook support group page for the oncology […]

  • Germ cell tumours overview

    This overview of germ cell tumours is by Cancer Australia, and provides information about the symptoms that might be experienced, as well as information about different treatments that may be used. Germ cell tumours occur when abnormal germ cells grow in an uncontrolled way. A germ cell is the type of cell that develops into eggs (in the ovaries) or sperm (in the testicles). Germ cell tumours can develop before or after birth, and can occur in the ovaries or testicles, or in other parts of the body. This is because sometimes, when babies are developing in the womb, germ […]

  • Simple tips to stay organised while on treatment

    Parents have shared some practical tips to help you stay organised while your child is on treatment: ‘Always keep a bag packed and ready for both you and your child for unexpected hospital stays. A couple of changes of clothes, basic toiletries, snacks, a water bottle and a phone charger are all essential items when you are stuck in emergency and waiting for a bed on the ward. Also for parents, it’s handy to keep a spare pillow and blanket in the car too as emergency can have very limited resources on offer for parents.’ ‘Have a list of therapists/clinicians for the […]

  • International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer Australia describes Childhood Cancer Awareness Month as “a time when cancer organisations around the world put the spotlight on children’s cancer and the need to improve diagnosis, treatment and outcomes.” This annual event was first launched in 2010 by then American president, Barack Obama. The symbol for International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a gold ribbon. According to Go Gold Australia: “A group of parents initiated the gold ribbon back in 1997. Now an international symbol, the gold ribbon creates global unity and represents all kids diagnosed with cancer and their families. The colour gold was […]

  • 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, […]

  • Advice on friendship during your cancer journey

    This article Cancer and your friends from Redkite offers some advice around friendship during your cancer journey. Often young people find telling their friends about their cancer diagnosis particularly difficult. Even without cancer, people and relationships change – you may find that certain friendships change and new ones may emerge. Some ways to maintain friendships during this time include: Try to be honest and open with them if you can and lean on them when you need to Warn them you may be snappy or angry at times and ask them to forgive you if needed Ask them to keep inviting you […]

  • Financial checkups after childhood cancer

    Childhood cancer survivors need financial checkups as adults. The US website Marketwatch explains that in addition to health checkups, cancer survivors will need financial checkups post treatment too. The article referenced a study published by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in New York City. The study included almost 3,000 long-term paediatric cancer survivors aged between 18 and 65. “More than half said they were worried about paying for care and one-third said finances kept them from seeking medical care. (They were, on average, 23 years from their diagnosis and all had been treated at St. Jude.)”     Beyond the impact that […]

  • Leukaemia survivor ‘blows something up’

    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 […]

  • Magic string hack makes radiotherapy less frightening for children

    On The Huffington Post UK, a hospital worker called Lobke Marsden shares her magic string hack to make radiotherapy less frightening for children with cancer. Marsden is also a mum-of-three and a radiotherapy play specialist. She first posted a photo of a spool of rainbow “magic string” on Twitter where she says: “Children will be in the treatment room by themselves during radiotherapy. To help ease separation anxiety the child holds one side of the string and the parent the other side, so they’ve still got that connection. Simple but effective.” Since the article was published last year Lobke tweeted again that this […]

  • Bereavement and grief

    Bereavement is the loss of someone through death, and grief is our response to loss. The grief that follows a young person’s death lasts a lifetime, and losing a child to cancer is one of the most devastating things that can happen to any family. When your child dies is a booklet from Redkite that uses the real experiences of bereaved parents to help other parents and carers following the death of their child.  It is important to remember that grief is personal and unique – everybody grieves differently and that’s okay. There will be a number of different factors that will […]

  • 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 […]


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