Caring for Someone with Cancer

This has been a difficult journey over the past 3 years. The reason why I am talking about this is to raise awareness and to help others in a similar situation. It is also a difficult topic for me to talk about and to document through photography, which you will be able to tell by my almost total use of my iPhone camera rather than my DSLR.

To have such a strong personal emotional connection to the subject matter of your photography, it has made me really question why I want to be a photographer. I don’t want to make out that it is me that needs any sympathy as what I have been through is nothing compared to what my partner has been through with her cancer treatment.

You can get so focused on fighting cancer that you can see nothing else.

For help and support please visit Cancer Council NSW.

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Cancer Support Information

Cancer has changed my life profoundly with my mother passing away in 2016 from Stage 4 Bowel Cancer (metastatic colorectal adenocarcinoma) and I am also the carer for my wife who in 2015 was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.

When you or a loved one are first given the diagnosis of cancer from your doctor, you need to remember that there is hope and there are others who have travelled a similar journey.

I would like to try to help those who are going through something similar by sharing my story and providing links to the best cancer support information:

  • Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines
    A single entry point for access to clinical practice guidelines developed for use in Australian health care settings. Provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Government.
  • Cancer Australia Publications & Resources
    A wide range of cancer publications, including: guidelines, cancer guides, reports, fact sheets, DVD’s, posters and pamphlets. Provided by Cancer Australia, Australian Government.
  • Cancer Directory
    A credible and comprehensive online directory of trusted Australian cancer care publications and resources published since 2008. Provided by Cancer Council NSW, Australia.
  • Cancer in Australia 2017
    The latest available information on national population screening programs, Medicare data, cancer incidence, hospitalisations, survival, prevalence, mortality and burden of disease. Provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
  • Patient Decision Aids
    Tools that help people become involved in decision making by making explicit the decision that needs to be made, providing information about the options and outcomes, and by clarifying personal values. They are designed to complement, rather than replace, counseling from a health practitioner. Provided by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada.
  • Understanding Cancer books
    A series of more than 50 resources for people with cancer, their families and friends. The series includes easy-to-read information about specific types of cancer, treatments, and emotional and practical issues. There are also audio-visual materials that can be downloaded or streamed online. Provided by Cancer Council NSW, Australia.
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