Remember those windy dirt and gravel roads of New Zealand's earlier days when you expected to have a car full of dust being pinged by gravel and to bump over the corrugations, avoiding the dead hawks and swashed possums, coming upon one way bridges and wondering if it's your turn to wait or theirs. Is this a more authentic experience than the sealed motorway drive of modern days?…
More than an AGM
We used to put out a newsletter after each Auckland meeting but now that the website is up and running, it is no longer necessary.
The meeting on 4 May was devoted mainly to the AGM but we also had time for introductions and discussion as well as a brief talk by Cara McCarthy of Atos Medical.
We had three lovely new members, Ngaakete, Elizabeth and David. We welcomed back Suzanne and were pleased to see two clinicians at our…
Donald Trump referred to himself last year as the “Hemingway of Twitter”.
No, don’t laugh. He has a point. His tweets might be bad (or sick) but Twitter prose at 140 characters a tweet can be beautifully concise like Hemingway’s writing.
Social media such as Facebook and Twitter can be as serious, creative and intelligent as you want it to be. It doesn’t have to be trivial or overly personal.
And social media is brilliant for cancer patients and their families.…
For anyone diagnosed with a cancer finding a support network (like this one) is a first essential. There will be a plethora of questions and challenges and it is a guarantee someone will have dealt with the same issue – and be prepared to explain how. The example below, about the mask used during radiotherapy, from the U.K. Macmillan support group is a good example. Check on to the link to follow the discussion through.…
Kia ora everyone
We all encounter various organisations and agencies in our health journey. It's hard to know how well these organisations are performing. Are they meeting their targets, serving their patients, and keeping up with the changing world? When you think about the agencies you interact with you might like to consider three things.
1. An effective organisation will have good…
From Marty Doyle, Australia.
Well the Head and Neck Cancer Support Australia Patients and Carers Book is coming along well and the pages are filling up.
We are still looking for stories from Patients, Carers and Allied Professionals.
If you have been thinking about writing something for the book the final date for submissions is fast approaching
Our copy deadline for content is Wednesday, 19th May 2017
I always like a good revolution and it looks as if New Zealand will remodel its health system in the next 3-4 years. (Maybe “revolution” is the wrong word.)
It’s all about ehealth, emedicine, lots of words beginning with e. On the Ministry of Health website is a plan to introduce integrated electronic health records by 2020, as well as other revolutionary eHealth…
There’s no disputing cancer treatment is expensive, both from the medical side as well as the individual cost with loss of income ,possible home care and so on. All the same the decision by the British national health service to stop funding one of the key anti-cancer drugs (nivolumab-opdivo) seems a serious…
Someone sent me this easy and humorous guide to meditation. We all need to stop our intrusive thoughts sometimes and as the speaker points out, even two seconds is better than nothing!
My name is Amy and I have just completed my PhD at the University of Auckland. My thesis investigated the psychological wellbeing of people with head and neck cancer and aimed to see whether a psychologist could help to make treatment more manageable.
My colleagues and I recently published the results of an intervention study. This study randomly assigned newly diagnosed head and neck cancer patients to receive standard care or to receive standard care as well as…
Empowered, engaged, equipped and enabled
Imagine being diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer in the prime of middle age. It’s 2007, you have a family; you have a successful career in marketing and suddenly you are facing your mortality.…
Losing the sense of taste (and probably the appetite as well) is just one of the many side effects of radiation treatment. it’s annoying, but for a chef and restauranteur it can be a major problem. However as the story below indicates things can get better.
Meanwhile consider; …
We see a need to give help and hope to a specific group of people affected by Head and Neck Cancer. We have created a group, with specific resources, and the opportunity for members to share and support each other. We hope you will take the opportunity to connect, and share. …
Kia ora everyone,
BUILDING YOUR HEAD AND NECK CANCER TEAM Many people living with head and neck cancer may experience different physical and emotional challenges than people with other forms of cancer. That’s why education and support are so important.
Your Cancer Game Plan is a new awareness…
After reading the supportive care guidelines (2010) …
Formal Notice of Annual General Meeting
Head and Neck Cancer Survivors’ Support Network
2nd Annual General Meeting
To be held at room 2, Domain Lodge, Grafton on Thursday 4th May 2017 commencing at 9.30 am.
If you have not yet registered you can do so here. Only registered members can vote. All those present at the first AGM are automatically members and do not need to…
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