All Leukaemia

  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML): Key links

    Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is a type of cancer affecting the blood and bone marrow. According to The Leukaemia Foundation, around 330 people are diagnosed with CML each year and it has three phases: the chronic phase, accelerated phase and blast phase. General information  Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia – CanTeen: Information on causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) – The Leukaemia Foundation: Information on what CML is, its phases and symptoms. Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia – A guide for patients and families – The Leukaemia Foundation: An information book on CML including prognosis, treatment and managing side-effects. Podcasts  Understanding Chronic […]

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML): Key links

    Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a rare cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. According to The Leukaemia Foundation, around 50 children are diagnosed with AML each year. General information  Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) – Cancer Research UK: Information on the symptoms, types and causes of AML along with diagnosis and treatment. Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) – The Leukaemia Foundation: Overview of diagnosis, treatment and possible side effects. Acute myeloid leukaemia – Australian Cancer Research Foundation: Information on AML symptoms, treatment and statistics. Acute myeloid leukaemia – CanTeen: Overview of AML causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.  Treatment  Treatment of acute […]

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL): Key links

    Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the most common type of leukemia in children, occurring mostly in younger children (aged 2–4 years). It is named after the lymphoid stem cells it affects. Cancer Australia explains that leukaemia is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It occurs when the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells, which are part of the body’s immune system to fight infections. According to The Leukaemia Foundation, around 180 children are diagnosed with ALL each year. Almost all will achieve remission and most will be cured. General information  Children and Blood Cancer […]

  • 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 […]

  • “Cancer helped form the person I am” – Sam’s story

    For many years, Sam Alderton-Johnson (30) felt shame and despair when he recalled his memories of suffering from leukaemia as a young boy of 14. “When you’re younger you have this warped idea of what masculinity is,” Sam explains. “I thought that being that very sick kid was a terrible time in my life that I never wanted to engage with, that was until I got older and I realised it had helped form the person I am.” As a teenager, Sam enjoyed sports immensely, however, his life was turned upside down with his diagnosis of leukaemia. He remembers the […]

  • Life, Interrupted – a blog about facing cancer in your 20s

    Life, Interrupted is a New York Times blog by Suleika Jaouad about facing cancer in your 20s. Suleika was diagnosed with Leukaemia at aged 22. For two years Suleika blogged about facing cancer as a young adult. Life, Interrupted is also an Emmy-award nominated video series. Cancer Advisor has a range of content if you are a young person with cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Questions to ask your doctor – Leukaemia Foundation

    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.

  • “Avery’s Fight” – a four year old faces leukaemia

    Avery’s Fight is a four-minute long video by The Project which first aired on Network Ten. On the Ten Play website it says, “Four-year-old Avery Beal has spent most of her life in and out of hospital. And just when she thought she was better, she had to buckle up for yet another fight.” Cancer Advisor has a range of personal stories, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Overview of pregnancy with a blood cancer

    The Leukaemia Foundation gives an overview of navigating pregnancy with a blood cancer. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources with tips and hints, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.