Beating Blood Cancers Blog

Peripheral Neuropathy

Understanding and managing peripheral neuropathy

What blood cancer patients need to know about peripheral neuropathy and how to manage it. Blood cancer treatment, or sometimes the disease itself, can cause peripheral neuropathy. It causes damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which transmits  information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body. It causes pain, numbness, […]

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Living with uncertainty

Living with uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges for people living with blood cancer. Clinical Psychologist Lynda Katona shares some helpful tips. Those things in life we thought we could confidently predict and look forward to become uncertain. You may stop planning to do things because you don’t want to disappoint others or yourself. As a result you risk […]

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Helen and Prinnie

Helping others is in my DNA

Helen has no idea how many kilometres she has walked with her beloved pooch Prinnie over the last 15 years of collecting for our annual Doorknock campaign. But she does know every step has been worth it to help save the lives of children with blood cancer – like her young friend, Rachel, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1991. […]

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World’s Greatest Shave: In the business of beating blood cancer

Adele Kerrison from CoreLogic in Brisbane shaved her hair in the office, alongside her brave colleagues, in support of her son who was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year. As we come to the end of our first major fundraising campaign of 2016, we have been blown away by the number of businesses from all over […]

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Blood and Marrow Transplantation Annual Congress

LIVE from Blood and Marrow Transplantation Annual Congress, Spain

Hi, my name is Elise Button and I am a haematology nurse from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. I’m writing from the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Annual Congress. I was awarded the inagurual Adem Crosby Haematology Nursing Award in 2014 to attend the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Annual Congress 2016, which is this […]

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Why I’m walking all over blood cancers

In 2013, Jeremy Morris was tackling our tough 55 for 5 hike, which raises money for blood cancer research and patient support, when he was told a friend of his four-year-old daughter had died from an illness linked to leukaemia. The news took on even greater poignancy because the musician was himself battling acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APML). “It took all my strength to keep walking […]

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Professor Maher Gandhi

No hair, Maher!

Professor Maher Gandhi is used to giving things up for blood cancer. As part of his role as our Chair in Blood Cancer Research at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, he’s given up a lot of his time and brain cells over the years to help beat blood cancer. So the clinical haematologist and researcher should be well-prepared […]

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Cancer shook our family twice in the same year

Sally Hansen and her husband Jeff celebrated their wedding and found out they were expecting a baby but amidst this joy, cancer rocked their family twice. “My husband’s grandad George had just retired and at 76 was looking forward to spending more time with his daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren,” Sally said. “Living in a country […]

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Chuck Younger

Happy 100th, Chuck!

One of our volunteers celebrated a big milestone last month. It was a birthday to remember for one of our longest serving volunteers recently, marked by a congratulatory message from The Queen. Chuck Younger generously volunteered his time with us for nearly 17 years and on 7 January he celebrated his 100th birthday with friends and family […]

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Pam McGrath

Life after treatment: what’s next?

We support many blood cancer patients after their diagnosis and throughout lifesaving treatment but we also recognise this can often be just the start of a patient’s blood cancer survival story. Whether they go into remission or require ongoing treatment, all patients face issues of adjustment and change as they transition back into their lives. “Surviving blood cancer brings its own set of challenges,” […]

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