Cancer website lightens load for families

HUNDREDS of Australian families dealing with children's cancer will get greater support with the launch of a one-stop Children's Cancer Website today, the first of its kind in Australia.

Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley said the Children's Cancer Website addresses an identified gap in easily accessible and evidence-based information for children with cancer and their families during what is a highly stressful time of their lives.

Ms Ley said about 85 children a year die from cancer and the new one-stop online shop would provide vital support to the 650 children under 15 diagnosed with cancer this year, as well as their friends and families.

"Cancer touches us all at some point and it is vital that our most vulnerable receive the support and care they need as easily as possible," Ms Ley said.

She said the innovative new website, designed in consultation with patients and health professionals on an expert reference group, would provide children, families and carers with the information and support they need, when they need it.

For more information about children's cancers, go to childrenscancer.

canceraustralia.gov.au



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