Tag: life after cancer

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Teen Girl Living With Cancer – Ellie’s Story

    Teen Girl Living with Cancer is a personal blog by childhood cancer advocate, Ellie. You can also follow her on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. At 14 years old Ellie was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. “It totally flipped my life upside down but now I can use all the horrible experiences I had to inspire and advise you guys.” At the time of writing, her Instagram and Facebook pages were the most up-to-date. On her instagram she says: NED since 22/01/16. I’m in remission. Before you go … If you’ve been affected by childhood or young adult cancer, […]

  • Getting back to “normal” after cancer treatment

    Redkite discusses life after cancer treatment including what your new routine might be and late effects. Before you go … Cancer Advisor would love you to share your insights and knowledge. Your story could help other people facing cancer, and make them feel less alone. Join the Cancer Advisor community and register now.

  • 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 […]