Prof Claire Wakefield is helping children with cancer and their families, ‘traverse the really scary, difficult time that is cancer treatment’

Prof Claire Wakefield is helping children with cancer and their families, ‘traverse the really scary, difficult time that is cancer treatment’

Professor Claire Wakefield leads one of Australia’s largest psycho-oncology research groups that is working towards improving the quality of life of families with children who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Prof Wakefield is head of the behavioural sciences unit for the Kids Cancer Centre at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

She explains, “nobody wants to hear the words your child has cancer.”

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The Behavioural Sciences Unit research team. Photo credit: Claire Wakefield

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How Dr. Lucy Marcil is Changing Lives Through Medical Care and Tax Preparation

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What Sarah Fisher learnt about magic, friendship and true happiness after starring as her late best friend in Kiss and Cry

What Sarah Fisher learnt about magic, friendship and true happiness after starring as her late best friend in Kiss and Cry

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