Beating Blood Cancers Blog

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Beating blood cancer – 1700km from home

According to Teresa McKinnon, whose six- year-old son Bayley has leukaemia, the thing you need most as a carer is to know that you are not alone. National Carers Week recently shone the spotlight on how important carers are when someone is diagnosed with a serious illness like blood cancer – a notion we fully […]

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Dr Steven Lane

New drug breakthrough shows promise for AML patients

One of our researchers, Dr Steven Lane, has been exploring a new drug that looks to be highly effective against acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and may prevent patients relapsing. Pre-clinical trials by Dr Lane’s team at the at QIMR Berghofer Translational Leukaemia Research Laboratory, led by Claudia Bruedigam, found the drug imetelstat kills or impairs […]

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Beating blood cancers at home: how to keep nasties at bay

Patients diagnosed with blood cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, who live in regional, rural or remote areas of Queensland, often have to travel to Brisbane or Townsville with their carer, family or loved ones at short notice to begin medical treatment. The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland offers accommodation services to help relieve the stress and financial burden of […]

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Professor Andrew Boyd

Leukaemia research leads to hope for brain cancer patients

Research initiated by head of the Leukaemia Foundation Research Unit at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Professor Andrew Boyd, and collaborators has not only led to clinical trials for blood cancer patients, it’s showing promise for other cancers too. Professor Boyd developed an antibody that targets a cancer protein on the surface of tumour […]

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The Holt family

Shock leukaemia diagnosis closed our business

Damien Holt’s shock leukaemia diagnosis came the day after a routine blood test in January this year. Within the hour Damien and his wife Pamela had left their home on the Sunshine Coast and were in a Brisbane hospital, facing months of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. “When we came to Brisbane we had to close […]

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A mother’s heart-wrenching decision

Melinda Cain from the Gold Coast was looking forward to the birth of her third child when she was faced with heart-wrenching news – she had acute myeloid leukaemia and would need to start treatment immediately. At only 24 weeks pregnant Melinda told her doctor she wanted to wait another five weeks until her unborn […]

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Keely’s duet with Lee Kernaghan

Keely Johnson, a former resident at one of our accommodation villages, hit a high note recently when she fulfilled her wish of recording a song with her country music idol, Lee Kernaghan. Keely is helping to beat blood cancers, raising $2500 for us earlier this year. Well done, Keely – what a voice! You can help provide […]

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Take the stress out of blood cancer

Mindfulness: it’s a bit of a buzzword at the moment, with people spruiking everything from mindful eating to mindfulness in the workplace – and even mindful sleeping! But mindfulness doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, you can employ a few simple principles of mindfulness in your everyday life to help you find some peace […]

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What is the financial impact of cancer?

When someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, or a related blood disorder, it can have an immediate impact on the family. Most people know this, of course, and the emotional struggle that a lot of families go through following a diagnosis is incredibly difficult. But the finances – in general, […]

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