Tag: acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

  • 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 […]

  • World first: Australia produces childhood cancer data set

    Cancer Australia has produced the world’s first national data on diagnosis and survival rates of childhood cancer. The data set analyses early diagnosis and survival rates for 16 of the most common types of childhood cancers. The data is based on figures collected between 2006 and 2010 by the Australian Childhood Cancer Registry from hospitals across the country. In collaboration with Cancer Council Queensland, Cancer Australia Developed a method to standardise the information, hoping that this may be replicated overseas in the future. About 100 Australian children die each year from cancer, making it the main cause of death from disease. […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • When your child receives a blood cancer diagnosis

    This factsheet on children and blood cancer by the Leukaemia Foundation covers: How do we make treatment decisions? How do I tell them? How will blood cancer affect our family? Can my child still go to school? What about the ‘well’ sibling? Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on leukaemia, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Introduction to understanding lymphoma

    Introduction to understanding lymphoma is a three-part video series developed by the Leukaemia Foundation with information and support for individuals diagnosed with lymphoma. Part One Lymphoma: what lymphoma is, diagnosis and treatment is 22-minutes long and features haematologist and clinician researcher, Dr Kylie Mason.   Part Two Lymphoma: living well after a lymphoma diagnosis is 11-minutes long and features haematology advanced practice nurse, Priscilla Gates.   Part Three Lymphoma: personal accounts from people living with lymphoma is 22-minutes long.   Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on lymphoma, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Cancer Australia overview of leukaemia

    Cancer Australia gives an overview of leukaemia including: symptoms, treatment, support, chance of cure, and clinical trial. For further reading, Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on leukaemia. 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 looking for. Before you go We’d love you to share your insights and knowledge to help other people facing cancer. Your unique experience could really help others in need. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • What to pack for the hospital

    Hannah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was in the eighth grade. In her YouTube video channel (USA) Even More Mermaids Get Leukemia, Hannah and her mum share what to pack for hospital. A few of the items they suggest include: a blanket, face mask, room freshener, throw up bags and slippers with a grip. Please note: Some content contains references to medical treatment; these shouldn’t be considered medical advice. Always speak with a health professional about medical decisions.   Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on hospital information, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your […]

  • Marley Brown

    Kerrin noticed changes in her son Marley when he was just 14 months old; one month later, Marley was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Here, Kerrin shares the individuals who shaped their story and what life is like for Marley now he has finished treatment.

  • I didn’t fit in

    Orla was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia aged 10. Now 14, she shares her experience with returning to school  and the challenges she faced with catching up with friends, school work and exams.