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Background to this website - how it came about
Support the Cancer Australia and www.myparentscancer.com.au
Information for parents
About the Cancer Australia

Background to this website - how it came about

www.myparentscancer.com.au was created in response to research conducted by the National Breast Cancer Centre* which revealed that there is a lack of online information for young Australians whose parent(s) have cancer.

The National Breast Cancer Centre* worked with a number of young people to gather their stories of living with a parent with cancer, and consulted with a number of medical professionals who work with young people on a daily basis. 

* In February 2008, National Breast Cancer Centre (NBCC), incorporating the Ovarian Cancer Program, changed its name to National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre (NBOCC). In July 2011, NBOCC amalgamated with Cancer Australia to form a single national agency, Cancer Australia, to provide leadership in cancer control and improve outcomes for Australians affected by cancer. This website is now maintained by Cancer Australia.

Special thanks go to:

Dr Jane Turner

Dr Turner chairs the National Breast Cancer Centre's Psychosocial Expert Advisory Group.  She is a consultant psychiatrist at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Her main clinical work is treating patients with advanced cancer and their families.

Dr Turner is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland. Her academic responsibilities include teaching medical students and she runs communication skills training for doctors and other health professionals.

Most recently, Dr Turner chaired the Steering Group that produced the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Psychosocial Care of Adults with Cancer, released in August 2003.

 

Dr Tiffany Hense

BAppSc, PGradDip, DPsych Works in Sydney, NSW as a Clinical Psychologist for young people and their families. Completed doctoral thesis on Stress, Illness and Resilience in school children. Special interests in psychoneuroimmunology, building resilience in kids, and attachment across the lifespan.

Special thanks also go to www.riprap.org.uk the UK based website for young people who have a parent with cancer.  They were very helpful in getting us started on this project.



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Support Cancer Australia and www.myparentscancer.com.au.

Cancer Australia is very appreciative of any support you can offer in helping young people to cope with cancer in their family. Your feedback is what helps us to continue to improve the content and reach of www.myparentscancer.com.au. We would love to hear your personal story or any suggestions you have with regard to this website.

Cancer Australia is happy to receive any comments or suggestions regarding existing or additional content for this website. Click here to go to our feedback page.

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Information for parents

The information on this website has been written to appeal to young people aged 13 to 19 years who are experiencing a range of emotions while trying to cope with the fact that their parent has cancer. It might be useful for you, as a parent, to read through this website and familiarise yourself with some of the common issues facing young people in this situation, in order to facilitate discussion with your own children.

The information provided should not be considered a substitute for seeking professional medical care in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer or associated psychological problems.

This website was created by the National Breast Cancer Centre* and is now maintained by Cancer Australia. We welcome any feedback you may have about the site. If you require additional information about Cancer Australia or breast and ovarian cancer, please visit the Cancer Australia website www.canceraustralia.gov.au

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About Cancer Australia

In February 2008, National Breast Cancer Centre (NBCC), incorporating the Ovarian Cancer Program, changed its name to National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre (NBOCC). In July 2011, NBOCC amalgamated with Cancer Australia to form a single national agency, Cancer Australia, to provide leadership in cancer control and improve outcomes for Australians affected by cancer.

The new Cancer Australia will combine the experience and successes of both organisations to further strengthen the Australian Government's strategic focus on cancer and create a solid platform for the coordination of cancer research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment initiatives at a national level. Breast cancer and ovarian cancer will remain a priority for the new Cancer Australia as it delivers the Government's broader cancer programs and research priorities.

Cancer Australia was established to benefit all Australians who are affected by cancer, and their families and carers. Cancer Australia works to reduce the impact of cancer and improve the well being of those diagnosed by ensuring that evidence informs cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care.

We ensure that:
  • accurate information about risk factors and appropriate services for high-risk women is available
  • all women with breast and ovarian cancer are diagnosed as early as possible
  • all women with breast and ovarian cancer receive optimal care
  • all women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer and their families
  • receive adequate psychosocial, physical and practical support
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