Tag: health and wellness

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Supporting sleep in young cancer patients

    Sleeping difficulties are common among children and adolescents, and cancer patients are no exception. In fact, children with cancer are especially susceptible to difficult sleep and need particular support to get the rest needed for health and recovery. Why Sleep is Difficult for Young People With Cancer Whether in a hospital setting or undergoing treatment at home, young people with cancer may experience disturbed sleep due to environmental conditions, side effects, and schedules. In a hospital setting, young cancer patients may be disturbed by environmental conditions, including sounds and lights throughout the night (and daytime, if napping). Disruptions from medical […]

  • One step closer to compulsory cancer education in UK

    Health education (including sex and relationship education) will become compulsory in the UK. According to a CoppaFeel press release this is one step closer to receiving compulsory cancer education. CoppaFeel is a UK breast cancer awareness charity. In their release, they explain: The guidance released today by the Department of Education shows great progress [showing]the need for pupils to be taught about not only the benefits of healthy eating and keeping fit (important factors to preventing cancer), but also the prevention of health problems and self examination. As we all know, preventing and detecting cancer early is vital in order to give […]

  • Sarcoma survivor advocates for sarcoma awareness

    Dominique Schell is a sarcoma survivor. In her TEDx talk, the 20 year old shares her personal experience of childhood cancer. In this speech, she talks about how as a survivor she feels an obligation to advocate for all the children who die of sarcoma each year. Schell was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 10 years old, and in the 10 years following had many complications as the result of her initial surgery. She had eight chemotherapy sessions each lasting a week, which she describes as hell. Her side effects included weight loss, cravings, exhaustion, vomiting and hair loss. She says […]

  • 10 tips for coping with scanxiety by a cancer survivor

    As the name suggests, scanxiety is the anxiety a person feels in the lead-up to a cancer-detecting scan. It also includes the anxiety when waiting for the results after a scan. On Cure Today, childhood cancer survivor Tori Tomalia talks about her 10 tips for coping with scanxiety. Tori was cancer-free for over 20 years before she was diagnosed with lung cancer. The mother of three is also a wife, theatre artist, writer and lung cancer awareness advocate. Since her diagnosis in 2013 she has been having scans every three months. She says, “The week or so leading up to my […]

  • “Cancer anger”, explained by a therapist

    “Cancer anger” is a common experience for people facing cancer. In this Mighty article on cancer anger, therapist Karin Sieger explains: What is cancer anger? When does it happen? Who gets it? And what can you do about it?  “Cancer anger is a normal response to fear, despair and grief – a range of feelings which cancer brings into our lives. It can show as frustration, irritability, emotional withdrawal or aggression. You can feel it whether you have been diagnosed or you are a relative or friend. Cancer anger can happen at any stage of the illness, even years after treatment.” –  Karin Sieger Have you […]

  • ONTrac at Peter Mac

    The ONTrac at Peter Mac Cancer Service is located at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Victoria, Australia. Their multidisciplinary team of health professionals works together to ensure that young people are supported before, during and after their cancer treatment. This web page includes information on clinical services for young people like: diagnosis and disease management, palliative and survivorship care, general adolescent health, emotional and mental health concerns, fertility and sexual health, physical and nutritional wellbeing, school and vocation support, and family-focused treatments. The service also provides : Secondary consultation service, Professional development, education and training, research and data collection program, […]

  • Rare Cancers Australia – KnowledgeBase Patient Support Program

    Rare Cancers Australia has developed the KnowledgeBase as a part of their Patient Support Program aimed at providing patients with a centre of knowledge, guidance, advice and hope. The web page includes a wide range of resources including directories for: Cancer Types Cancer Services Health Professionals Support Services Clinical Trials  Childhood cancers are, by definition, rare or less common (RLC) cancers. There are over 200 different types of RLC cancers, so navigating services and treatment can be difficult for patients and their families. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on rare cancers, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave […]

  • Teaching resiliency during paediatric cancer treatment

    The Rare Disease Report in the U.S. has released a video with its transcript on the importance of teaching resiliency during childhood cancer treatment. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on wellbeing, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • Kids Kicking Cancer: martial arts therapy

    Kids Kicking Cancer is a not-for-profit organisation that teaches the mind-body techniques of Martial Arts instruction, breath work and meditation to empower children beyond the pain and discomfort of disease. Kids Kicking Cancer now offers help and services to not only cancer patients, but any child in pain from a serious illness. They currently operate the Heroes’ Circle program in America, Canada, Israel and Italy and support ill children and their siblings aged 3-23 years old. Using martial arts therapy, Kids Kicking Cancer staff teaches ill children and their siblings to: Regain a sense of control over the chaos of their […]

  • Weightlifting at nine year’s old – Ryan’s story

    OnUS blog 2Surviveonline a cancer survivor called Ryan discusses how weightlifting at nine year’s old helped him through cancer. He says, “When I was a kid, I was extremely small from cancer treatment. Chemotherapy made it where I could not really eat so well (shocker). Then there was that whole puking thing that I’m sure many of you survivors know about. But enough of the whining.” Ryan’s grandfather said he would give him a dollar for every pound he put on. Go to his blog to find out more. Cancer Advisor has a range of personal stories, but we’re always looking […]

  • Childhood cancer and adult obesity

    Obesity puts anyone at a higher risk for many different diseases and conditions, including heart disease and cancer. However, survivors of childhood cancer who become overweight or obese as adults are at an increased risk of developing an obesity-related cancer. If these survivors were obese as children and carry that obesity into adulthood, they are at even higher risk. Obesity is a condition in which a person has an unhealthy amount and/or distribution of body fat.  Higher amounts of body fat cause chronic inflammation in the body, which has the potential to damage our DNA, and in turn, cause cancer. You […]

  • Caring for yourself when you’re a carer

    Caring for yourself  by the Cancer Council Victoria offers information on self-care when you are also a carer. Topics include: Looking after yourself, keeping healthy, asking others for help, ways to cope, taking a break, and working while caring. For further reading, Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on self-care. 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. […]

  • Medicare Rebates: Better Access to Mental Health Care

    Cancer patients could be eligible for Medicare rebates for mental health care. This factsheet outlines Medicare’s initiative titled: Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access). It covers what Medicare rebates are available to patients for selected mental health services provided by GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and eligible social workers and occupational therapists. The factsheet also provides concise information about how to access the program through a referral from a GP. Have you accessed this rebate? Tell us about it in the comments below. Your unique experiences could help others facing  cancer.  Before you go We’d love […]

  • Breakdown of the healthy eating pyramid

    Solaris Cancer Care has published a blog on the healthy eating pyramid. This simple visual guide shows the types and proportion of foods that we should eat every day for good health based on the AUSTRALIAN DIETARY GUIDELINES (2013). Note: Solaris Cancer Care published this blog post on June 2nd, 2015. For more information, Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on nutrition. Before you go … If you’ve been affected by childhood or young adult cancer, please share your insights and knowledge to help other people facing cancer. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • Helping your child to eat during cancer treatment

    Helping your child to eat during cancer treatment is an accessible 15-page PDF. This online resource was developed by the UK Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group and offers practical advice and tips on how your child’s treatment may affect their diet and what you can do about it. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on nutrition. Before you go … If you’ve been affected by childhood or young adult cancer, please share your insights and knowledge to help other people facing cancer. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • Understanding complementary therapies

    Understanding complementary therapies is an 88-page online booklet developed by the Cancer Council. Cancer Council (and Cancer Advisor) only support complementary therapies which have been found safe and effective in scientific studies. This booklet explores therapies such as meditation and relaxation, support groups, art therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, acupuncture and yoga. It also looks at how these therapies can be used alongside your standard treatment for cancer. Always speak with your treating team if you are planning on taking any treatment or therapies outside of your standard treatment for cancer. Have you had any experience with complementary therapies? Let us know in the comments […]

  • Free eBook for teenage and young adult cancer survivors

    Aftercure: A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of childhood cancer is 28-page booklet by the UK Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group. The eBook is aimed at young people who had treatment as a child. Topics include follow up and future care, education and jobs, travel and vaccination, and fertility and sexual function. Note: some themes explored in this booklet will be specific to a UK audience. Published: March 2017 Next Review: 2020 Before you go … If you’ve been affected by childhood or young adult cancer, please share your insights and knowledge to help other people facing cancer. Join the Cancer […]

  • Exercise for people living with cancer (Part 2)

    Watch this Cancer Council video series on “Exercise for people living with cancer”.  These exercises are for those who want to maintain their fitness during treatment. Note: This video does not provide specific advice for your situation. Always speak with your treating team about the best program for you. Cancer Advisor has found a range of resources on exercise. Psst … before you go If you haven’t already make sure to register. That way you can comment, give a ‘thumbs up’ to material you like, and submit your own content. Best of all, you’ll receive information tailored to your specific needs […]