• Maddy Ritchie: I Don’t Know How She Does It

    Being 17 is complicated enough. Being told you have a rare pelvic tumour can really turn your world upside down. Meet Maddy: she’s now in her early 20s, two years cancer-free and a passionate volunteer with cancer charities. She speaks candidly about treatment, fertility, spirituality and how she got through her experience. From MamaMia’s ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ podcast series.

  • Explainer: What is nanomedicine and how can it improve childhood cancer treatment?

    The Conversation has published an article about how Australian researchers are looking at how they can use nanomedicine to improve the side effects of cancer treatment for children. What is nanomedicine?  Nano means tiny – a nanometre is one-billionth of a metre! – and nanomedicine is the use of nanoparticles in medicine. This article talks about using nanoparticles to transport drugs to places they wouldn’t be able to go on their own. How does that help with side effects?  Nanoparticles can be designed to: better target cancer cells, which means less damage to healthy cells break down into harmless byproducts transport Read more [...]

  • Clinical trials bring hope – Lesley and Casey’s story

    On the Dell’s Children website, a mother and father share their story about how clinical trials brought hope to their family during their son’s cancer treatment. Rex was 17 months old when he was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma. The article says: “Upon Rex’s diagnosis, Lesley and her husband, Casey, knew their family faced a long, uphill battle.  High-risk neuroblastoma is an aggressive and deadly form of childhood cancer, and the odds for survival were not in their child’s favor.  They agreed to enroll Rex into a clinical trial study using an experimental drug, Unituxin, for children with high-risk neuroblastoma.” In this Read more [...]

  • How kindness can make a difference in cancer care

    The Conversation has published an article on how kindness can make a difference in cancer care. It says, “Cancer may not be life-ending, but it usually is life-changing. A cancer diagnosis instantaneously turns life upside down for patients and families. Cancer care is a “high-emotion” service, and the care team must not only effectively treat the disease but also address patients’ intense emotions.” The article explores how six types of kindness can improve cancer care. They are: deep listening, empathy, generous acts, timely care, gentle honesty and support for family caregivers. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on wellbeing, but we Read more [...]

  • Nausea and vomiting during cancer treatment: a video

    EviQ Education, a program of the Cancer Institute New South Wales, has created a video about nausea and vomiting during cancer treatment. The video was made for adults but it could also be useful in regards to children experiencing nausea and vomiting during cancer treatment. The video discusses: What it is Why it happens When you should call your doctor or nurse What you can do to reduce the risk of it happening The video features Associate Professor and Medical Oncologist, Craig Lewis as well as interviews with a cancer survivor about how they managed their nausea and vomiting. Cancer Advisor Read more [...]

  • Cancer breakthrough wins Nobel Prize

    Two immunologists have been awarded the  Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine for their groundbreaking work on cancer therapy. It is the first time the development of a cancer therapy has been recognised with a Nobel prize. James P. Allison,  chair of the department of immunology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston,  and Tasuku Honjo, a professor in the department of immunology and genomic medicine at Kyoto University in Japan, have paved the way for a new class of cancer drugs. These drugs are already improving patient outcomes and have drastically changed scientists’ understanding of the potential of the human immune Read more [...]

  • “TJ’s Cancer Journey” – A mum’s blog about her teenager

    TJ’s Cancer Journey is a blog about my 15-year-old son who was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma at the age of 14. I am documenting my son’s journey with cancer so that one day he can look back at it and remember everything he went through during this difficult time. Hopefully our experiences will be able to help others who are going through similar. It is a journal of his cancer experience so far and includes: how he felt when he was diagnosed; how cancer has affected him and those around him; what treatment he is receiving; what tests he has completed; Read more [...]

  • Dog therapy – the impact on children facing cancer

    CNN has created both a video and a feature story that looks at dog therapy and its impacts children facing cancer. This is the first American randomised clinical trial to show the benefits of animal assisted interaction on kids with cancer and their families. It shares the experiences of some of the children involved in the trial. “The four-month study enrolled 106 children newly diagnosed with cancer, pairing 60 of them with 26 therapy dog teams at five major pediatric centers in Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; Tampa, Florida; Boston and Nashville,” the website explains. “Before each 15-minute visit with a therapy Read more [...]

  • Ewing’s sarcoma at 11 — Iain’s story

    Iain was diagnosed with ewing’s sarcoma in November 2007, at the age of 11. He shares his diagnosis and treatment journey for the UK’s Ewing’s Sarcoma Research Trust. Before he was diagnosed with ewing’s sarcoma, Iain was active, sporty and enjoyed being a goal keeper. “For about a year I had a sore right thigh – after a couple of days the pain always went away and then would come back a few months later,” he says on the website. Originally the doctors thought the pain was from an injury, but eventually they sent him to a specialist. “An x-ray Read more [...]

  • Burkitt’s lymphoma at 15 — Cameron’s story

    Redkite and jimmyteens.tv have created a video interview with 20-year-old Cameron who has been in remission from Burkitt’s lymphoma for the last five years. Cameron was diagnosed at 15. For two weeks he was feeling unwell with headaches, nausea, cold sweats and weight gain before he went to the doctor. “The doctor said my white cell count was pretty horrible,” he says in the video. He went to his local hospital in Redlands. “They had a fair idea it was leukaemia but they wouldn’t tell me at first, they thought I would have a bad reaction to it.” After going Read more [...]

  • Going through chemotherapy — Jana’s story

    Redkite and jimmyteens.tv have created a video about 21-year-old Jana experiences of going through chemotherapy and the cancer treatment process. “We thought it would be a really good idea to film it because having those memories of the most challenging times of your life, helps you remember what it felt like,” she says. Jana also talks about how challenging she has found finishing treatment and getting back to normal but how the support from her family gave her so much strength. Cancer Advisor has a range of personal stories, but we are always looking for more content. Please join our community to Read more [...]