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Thyroid cancer, a patient's story

 

Thyroid cancer comes loosely under the heading of head and neck cancer or is at least treated by the same ENT/ORL surgeons who treat us. I believe that most thyroid cancers are very curable. I think this is an interesting story of how one person coped with it.

Many thanks to Mary for sharing her story with us.

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World Head and Neck Cancer Day reminder

Now is time to have another look at the newsletter Olwen and I made last year to mark World Head and Neck Cancer Day on 27 July. 

It was our first WHNCD and we held a stall at North Shore Hospital as well as linking with private providers throughout the city and with people all over the world. 

This year there will be more events throughout New Zealand and for Aucklanders a stall on Level 5 of Auckland City Hospital on 25 July. We will make that whole week a dedicated…

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Vanishing point: Friendly Friday

I'm a real sucker for pics of roads disappearing into the distance, all the better if there's an avenue of trees. Not only do they draw the viewer's eye into the picture and give a 3D effect but there is a sense of mystery too. What lies in the far off distance? It's a very pleasing aesthetic and we need that when we are coping with cancer. Anything that feeds the soul.  

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What matters to you?

 

I've heard mention of the "What matters to you" question in health care but have never been able to figure out what it meant. It sounded hopeful, a way of establishing the patient's concerns and even values. Sounds like an awkward question to ask, though, and what do you do with the information once it is gathered? A bit of digging and…

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Dr Giuseppe ‘Peppe’ Sasso is currently the Clinical Director of the Radiation Oncology Department at the Northern Regional Cancer and Blood Services, Auckland City Hospital and Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), having moved to New Zealand, from Italy with his family in 2010.

Peppe’s Talk

Auckland is very…

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Monday's Meeting

It went well! We had 19 attendees, two via Zoom. It was our 2018 AGM with a successful outcome. Diana was relected Chair, Cosette is the new Secretary and I am on the committee with the old crew plus Toni Davis (Auckland) and Heather Anderson (Timaru). We established Dr Andrew Miller as a well integrated part of the committee in the role of advisory…

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New Zealand Herald Article

Tena koutou,

As you know there is an article in the New Zealand Herald investigating the Head and Neck Cancer service in Auckland. The Network has responded to questions from the NZH. I am enclosing our full statement below.

It is important at this time that no one feels alone or distressed. If anyone is distressed by the media attention or feels…

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Two events in the last 10 days, one huge and global and one small and local, showed the joy the basic connection between human beings can bring.

The picture of Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in shaking hands on the border of North and South Korea ... Kim Jong Un is a brutal dictator but after all the decades of hostility, it was a symbolic moment of reunification. A bit like the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Maybe only a fleeting glimpse of that but still ...…

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The anti-vax movement is generally  (and justifiably) treated with a good dose of scepticism and ridicule and it’s likely any anti-radiation movement will suffer the same fate  But as lead story this week explains not everyone swears by radiation treatment.

The second story looks at treatment delays – a  nightmare when it’s…

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Tuesday News, 1 May

There is just too much health news going on to NOT restart our Tuesday Health News. This is about health in general. 

Does the Minister of Health, David Clark, have the worst job in New Zealand at the moment?  This story is about the much needed end to the GP fee problem we wrote about last year. Depending on where you live, you might pay $60 to go to the GP or $15.00. It's a funding formula that is built into the system and is going to be a headache to change.…

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It's not done to talk about a public holiday after the event but I'm going to try. Anzac Day (two days ago) is a big cultural event in New Zealand. My view of WWI is just sadness at what I see as the careless waste of young men's lives. But below, if the link works (it takes you to their Facebook page then a video of them singing in Queenstown) is…

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A while back Keytruda was being hailed as the new wonder drug.  There’ve been a few up and downs since then, but it’s still around and the lead story suggests that early promise can be realised.

Second story suggests it could be joined one day by the new AZD1775.

And we finish with one from the `you are what you eat’…

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Happy with your treatment experience?

Please share your thoughts on your recent treatment experience. This can be at any stage of your cancer journey, pre treatment, treatment, post treatment, and survivorship. 

You can take our survey as many times as you like, and we encourage you to have your family/whanau and carers share their thoughts as well. Click the link to share your thoughts.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PatientNZ

 

 

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