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Healing our wounds: Felix Mariano

Felix Mariano is a HNC nurse specialist and wound care expert at Auckland City Hospital. 

Felix wishes he could help his patients with the emotional shock they experience when they get a head and neck cancer diagnosis. There is nothing he can do about that, he says, but he can do his job and make…

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Here are some instructions and information about using Oral 7 mouth care products. I have put these together after talking with the company rep, an oral medicine specialist and people on the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Biotene used to be the go-to product for dry mouth sufferers. I used it myself when other toothpastes made my mouth sting. This was about 15 years ago. I can’t be sure of the time frame. Then Biotene became unavailable in New Zealand.…

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Friendly Friday: Auckland Meeting.

It was lovely to see 14 of our Auckland people at Domain Lodge yesterday. We were treated to a talk by Felix Mariano who specialises in wound healing. Here he is pictured with those from the group who experienced Felix’s excellent care in Ward 74.

He spoke about three modes of healing for difficult wounds. Once I have sorted out my notes I will provide a summary.…

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Weekly Wednesday - 1 February 2017

Despite the efforts of family friends, support groups like this one and social/medical agencies it is often difficult, after a cancer diagnosis, to escape the feeling that you are alone and fighting alone. As the U.S. story below indicates you are anything but alone – but overcoming that feeling of isolation and loneliness will almost certainly be a major challenge. As a distraction however, you could consider: A single person has the potential to ruin or make your life. We have a…
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Oral 7 is an Australian company providing dry mouth products. Biotene, which was previously the main player in this area, no longer contains two enzymes which aid people who have very low saliva production. Oral 7 contains these enzymes and is expanding its reach to New Zealand. A representative of Oral 7 is providing free samples of their oral gel for attendees for at Thursday's Auckland meeting.

A week later she will bring me a larger supply of the products which I can then send to…

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Network News - 23 January 2017

Kia ora, and Happy New Year. 2017. The year brings new opportunities, projects and passions to our Network. We are working with the theme of New Directions in Head and Neck Cancer. We encourage you to share with us your thoughts, articles, and projects as the year starts.
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Wednesday Weekly - 18 January 2017

Once past the initial shock and likely depression following a cancer diagnosis one of the many challenges will be coping with life and society after.
Every individual probably finds his or her own way so this week there are stories about two choices – altruism and art - with a third, medically orientated, approach.

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Chris Curtis runs The Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Support Group in the UK and is a "Patient Ambassador". He had this article published in the Faculty Medical Journal, January 2017 edition. 

This is how he starts: 

"Three words that change your life: ‘I’m sorry to say that the biopsy shows that you have cancer...’.  It’s the start of the Patient Cancer Journey."

The exciting thing about this article is that he is advocating for head and neck cancer…

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Welcome to new members

A big welcome to the new members we have had over the summer period so far. We are still in start up mode on this site and will think of ways to involve you all more. It's great to see our numbers rising! You are never alone with head and neck cancer as we are always here to support you and share the burden. 

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