Tag: young adult

  • 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 […]

  • Studies prove lack of fertility information and support for young people

    Wiley Newsroom reports that 23 studies have found a lack of fertility information and support for young people. While many clinicians know of the risk to their patients’ fertility from cancer treatment, they are not having the appropriate discussions and referrals to provide adequate support to them. The report also mentions: “[S]ome oncology clinicians may lack appropriate fertility knowledge and be unsure whose role it is to provide fertility support.” Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on fertility, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

  • 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 […]

  • Battle Weapons: A coping guide for young people with cancer

    Hi, my name is Nell and I’m the author of Battle Weapons: A coping guide for young people with cancer. I’m also a nurse and a cancer survivor. In high school, when we started the discussion about our future, my career advisor suggested nursing. This really appealed to me; to serve and support people at their most vulnerable is a great honour and privilege. Nursing is very diverse and I wasn’t sure for a long time where I wanted to take it, until I was diagnosed with cancer. I know my life’s purpose is to help those with cancer, particularly young people. […]

  • Cancer treatment for teens and young adults

    This factsheet from Redkite gives an overview on cancer treatment for teens and young adults including: types of cancer treatment, complementary therapy and cancer, clinical trials, side effects, and sticking with treatment. Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on cancer treatment, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource. Join our community Cancer Advisor is an online platform with a wide range of cancer advice and knowledge. We provide information for families of children and young people with cancer. You’ll be directed to external websites and sources featuring reliable information […]

  • 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 […]

  • Chemotherapy for medulloblastoma — Brent’s story

    Redkite and jimmyteens.tv have created a video interview with Brent who has just started chemotherapy after having radiotherapy and surgery for medulloblastoma. Brent talks about his home town Cunnamulla, how he was diagnosed with cancer after experiencing headaches, his stem cell transplant and how life is back home being a sheep shearer. Brent is having treatment 12 hours drive from his hometown. He had 32 sessions of radiotherapy, before starting chemotherapy. “My symptoms were that I was getting real massive headaches.” He said he saw the doctor who gave him medication for a chest infection, but he got sick that […]