Tag: cancer and relationships

  • Ben’s story: ‘Cancer has taught me a lot’

    Diagnosis & treatment After having a sore on his neck for a few weeks Ben decided to make an appointment with his local GP in Perth. Although Ben was more preoccupied about the sore, after hearing about Ben’s history of headaches the doctor insisted on getting tests done. A few weeks later, the 23-year-old was told he had a benign brain tumour and needed surgery. However, after testing the biopsy the tumour turned out to be a malignant four centimetre mass. It was classified as stage 2 with characteristics of stage 3 astrocytoma glioma. The mass was on the right […]

  • Danielle’s story: One day at a time

    They say that our first love will stay in our hearts forever. This couldn’t be more true for 26-year Danielle Paparone. At 19 she was swept off her feet by an affable young man with striking blue eyes. After a blissful year together, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. However, treatment was unsuccessful, and he died three years after diagnosis. Danielle shares her incredible love story with Cancer Advisor and tells us how she turns her pain into purpose. “He had very big blue eyes and that’s what drew me in,” Danielle says. Jake first laid his big blue […]

  • Looking after yourself during cancer

    This page from Redkite gives an overview of how to take care of yourself physically and emotionally during your cancer journey. A large part of dealing with cancer is learning how to take care of yourself so that you are better prepared for challenges, but also ready to enjoy good things that come your way. Redkite offers tips on: Self-care Looking after your body Looking after your mind Having fun and taking risks Redkite provides a range of support services for young people with cancer including practical tips, financial assistance, and professional counselling. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources […]

  • A guide for grandparents of children with cancer

    Redkite’s 36-page information booklet helps grandparents of children with cancer. Redkite spoke extensively with grandparents to understand their experiences. This booklet answers some of the many questions which grandparents of children with cancer told Redkite they would have liked answered when their grandchild was diagnosed and during their grandchild’s treatment phase. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for grandparents, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Fertility and cancer treatment

    Redkite have information for parents and young people about cancer treatment and how this might affect fertility. Getting information about fertility and treatment Support through awkward discussions What if treatment has already started? Cancer treatment can affect fertility and it is important to have discussions with your treatment team about what your options are. During treatment this may not seem like a priority, but decisions made early on can have long-term effects so it is important to find out about fertility as early as possible. For some families it may be uncomfortable to have discussions about sex and fertility. Unfortunately, many […]

  • When your child finishes cancer treatment

    This page from Redkite gives an overview of how parents might be feeling when their child finishes cancer treatment. Although finishing treatment is something parents have dreamed of, often it will bring up a mixture of emotions. Even though there may be excitement about going home, leaving the hospital can bring anxiety for many parents. Redkite offers the following tips: Keeping contact details for the medical team at your hospital Talk to your doctors about putting together a list of symptoms to check on Ask your social worker for information about getting support to help at home It is important to know […]

  • Finishing treatment for young adults

    Redkite gives an overview of what finishing treatment can look like for young people with cancer. Although finishing treatment is a long anticipated event, often it will bring up a mixture of emotions. Even though you may feel excited to be going home, leaving the hospital can be scary. While you’ve probably been wanting to sleep in your own bed, when faced with the reality of going home you might feel a bit anxious. This is normal. For a lot of people, the hospital and medical team become like a security blanket. You have a wonderful team of people looking […]