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Mammino

Anthony’s grateful family honours his memory with gift

The family of a courageous father who lost his battle with blood cancer have made a generous gift to the Leukaemia Foundation to honour his memory and help other families facing blood cancer. Cris Leon, the Leukaemia Foundation’s General Manager in Queensland, has thanked the Mammino and Puglisi families for their incredibly generous $10,000 gift. […]

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Dr Ashwin Unnikrishnan

Improving the “wait and see” approach to treatment for high-risk blood cancer

Australian researchers utilising valuable samples from an initial clinical trial funded with the help of Leukaemia Foundation supporters have discovered why half of patients with a type of high-risk blood cancer will not respond to a common treatment. The discovery could form the basis for a world-first clinical test to identify early whether or not […]

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New PBS drug will mean better outcomes for families

A drug used to treat a rare form of Hodgkin lymphoma is now widely available through the national Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), saving families thousands of dollars. The PBS listing of brentuximab vedotin gives Australians access to a potentially life-saving treatment that previously cost up to $16,100 for a single course. The Leukaemia Foundation presented comprehensive […]

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I’m going to live life to the fullest!

A lack of energy and feeling a bit ‘out of sorts’ were the first indications Caeleigh Hancock wasn’t at her best She imagined she might be low in iron or something minor which could easily be remedied by a visit to her GP. Caeleigh had never heard of Polycythemia Rubra Vera (PV) when she was diagnosed in 2012 […]

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Shirley grief coordinator

Living well with grief

Our Grief Support Services Manager, Shirley Cunningham, talks about our grief services, being alone and the positives outweighing the challenges. The Leukaemia Foundation is quite unique in that we offer a holistic approach in caring for patients, carers and families. We offer support from the beginning of their journey at diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond, but also through the […]

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Shelia at the Green Apartments

Patients and families settled in new accommodation

The 14 units that make up our newest accommodation centre, the Village Green Apartments are already full, providing a home for many families who have needed to move to Brisbane for life-saving blood cancer treatment. Thanks to our generous supporters whose donations allowed us to furnish and fit-out the units, families from rural and regional areas […]

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Improving lymphoma outcomes with personal touch

A recent review of the latest medical advances for people with Hodgkin lymphoma has highlighted how personalised treatment is improving outcomes for patients. Professor Maher Gandhi, the Leukaemia Foundation Chair in Blood Cancer Research at The University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute, said the new approaches were aimed at “minimising toxicity while maximising response”. He said […]

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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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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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