Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Overview of the diagnosis acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, the treatment you may need and side effects you may experience, by the Leukaemia Foundation.

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  • Germs, genetics and childhood leukaemia

    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.

  • Life after childhood cancer treatment

    After the Rain is a short documentary that covers two stories from families about life after childhood cancer treatment – created by the Victorian Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services (PICS). You can also find a podcast series on what to expect after finishing treatment, and a “coming off treatment” handbook. On the website it says, “When treatment ends, families may feel excited about the future. Completing treatment is often an anticipated and celebrated milestone. However, it may be surprising to discover mixed feelings about coming off treatment. The coming off treatment handbook and immunisation after cancer treatment has finished resources have been designed to support families […]

  • 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 […]

  • Childhood cancer survivor brings hope to cancer patients

    In this six-minute video we see how a childhood cancer survivor brings hope to young cancer patients. Georgia was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukaemia at just eight weeks old. She was also one the youngest Australians to receive a bone marrow transplant. Twenty years on, she has devoted her life to helping children with cancer as a camp leader. In this ABC video that featured on the 7:30 report, her family share their story with the ABC. Cancer Advisor has a range of personal stories, but we are always looking for more content. Register now to contribute content, […]

  • Paediatric Myelodysplastic Syndrome

    This article from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in the US provides an overview of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). MDS is a rare disease that develops in the bone marrow. There are different types of MDS in children, and this article will tell you more about: What is myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)? What causes MDS? What are the different types of MDS? What are the symptoms of MDS? How do you diagnose MDS? How do you treat MDS in children? What is the prognosis for a child with MDS? What is the long-term outlook? What is the latest research on […]

  • 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 […]

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