Bristol-Myers Squib have funded this report into the challenge of Head and Neck Cancer treatment and care. You will find there are many of the same issues that we encounter here in New Zealand. I encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.…
This initiative promotes free screening clinics for oral, head and neck cancer awareness week. We are looking at doing something similar in New Zealand. If you know of any clinician who would like to be involved, let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org If you specialist is not offering this for Head and Neck Cancer Day (27 July, 2017) then you might like to invite them to get involved. …
Nature as the Most Important Coping Strategy Among Cancer Patients: A Swedish Survey
New Zealanders over 13 need to be dying to qualify for free visits to the GP. Only adults who have a terminal condition receive free or low cost care in many parts of the country.
Primary healthcare is unaffordable for a lot of people, even for elderly patients with ongoing cancer needs. Unless their local clinic qualifies for the Very Low Cost Access Scheme, they will pay through the nose to see a GP, anywhere between $42 to $60.
What is the Very Low Cost Access Scheme? It is…
Adam Love shares his feeding tube story
The year is 2011. I’d had the life changing journey of treatment for tongue cancer.
As part of the treatment a tracheostomy or "tracky" was installed in my throat so I could breathe. This was removed after nine months.…
The following text is from a letter sent in 2007 to the Minister of Health, asking for funded dental care for head and neck cancer survivors. No progress was made but the letter sums up the issues we face in a way I have not seen before. It explains WHY dental decay is such an adverse consequence of radiotherapy and reminds us that three monthly check-ups are desirable. There's also a simple, clear description of the process that can lead to osteoradionecrosis. The letter was written by…
Today we start a three part series on dental care. What do we need to do for our teeth before, during and after treatment? The following article is based on research, talking with fellow patients, and personal experience.…
Note: this is a preliminary investigation based on a talk with my local GP clinic and lots of googling. There may be inaccuracies which you are free to point out. We will find out more when we get the chance to talk to Procare and other PHOs. I think it is an important issue.
- Primary health is at the community GP…
Mentioned briefly from time to time is an organisation called PINC and STEEL. It's a cancer rehab programme offered by certain physios and gyms throughout New Zealand to help cancer patients regain their physical and mental strength. The 2005 founder is Lou James, pictured below.…
Americans have just celebrated Thanksgiving Day which resulted in the following story appearing on my Head and Neck Cancer Google Alerts feed.
Two of our members were diagnosed with this type of head and neck cancer, although less severe and with better prospects. The story shows the patient's gratitude for the small things but also the long drawn out process we often go through to reach a diagnosis. Sometimes it's weeks, months, years of pain or irritating symptoms before the…
HBO Part II, a visit to the base
In the pretty and historic harbourside suburb of Devonport lies a naval base. Inside that base is a green shed with a sealed door and the…
It was a busy week for posts and activity. A big thank you to Dr David Grayson for inviting Maureen and I to Mayo Clinic's Social Media presentation to staff at Waitemata DHB. It was a interesting and thought provoking presentation. We really need to have the conversation around in New Zealand around health care and social media. If any of you would like to add your thoughts please Tweet with hashtag #hcsmnz. It will be good to hear from…
Amid all the treatment articles in the world’s media there are a few about or by survivors. The piece below by American Steve Hendrix is one of the best.
This week’s thought doesn’t have any medical application, but consider …: Scottish Tartans are really just gang colors…
I’ve had head and neck cancer on and off for nearly ten years now. Over the years I’ve been given a lot of advice. All the strategies below have helped me and some of them might help you before, during and after treatment. (We also have a section on coping under the tab, “Resources”.)
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