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DHB Dental Care for HNC: Investigator

We were told at the last Auckland meeting that head and neckers were eligible for one episode of care by specialist dentists after treatment. In Auckland there is a service that spans ADHB and CMDHB called Oral Health with clinics at Greenlane, Middlemore and elsewhere. Aucklanders, as I have said before, have…

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Before my most recent head and neck cancer experience, I thought Botox was the ultimate symbol of 21st century decadence: a fixation on appearance and everlasting youth. But I'm a hypocrite because I would have grabbed the  chance to have it for my crows feet if someone had offered it to me free. It's very expensive, costing maybe $500 an injection. (This has not gone through the fact checker.) 

Now I find that Botox is a useful treatment for a range of truly unpleasant…

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Succour in nature: Friendly Friday

Succour means "assistance and support in times of hardship and distress". Spelled "succor" in American English. Not a word I would use much but one I felt was right for this Friendly Friday.

Looking at our Facebook group over the last few weeks, I was struck by how many people find support in nature when times are tough. Below are some photos taken by members and posted on our page. Most are from New Zealand, one is from the US, one is from Australia and only one doesn't show a…

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Network News - 7 August 2017

New Zealand effort outstanding for World Head and Neck Cancer Day

Our WHNC day was a huge success. I am delighted to continue hearing about events, connections, donations, and general fun and camaraderie well after the day. Thank you to all those members, and our community, who gave up their time to raise awareness, education about Head and Neck Cancer. If you missed some of the action you can catch up here.…

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Diana and I spoke at an International Patients Day event in Auckland yesterday in order to describe the patient's experience of the treatment. The makers of the machines, Varian, were there and we were celebrating American technology for the US consulate. I had radiation as adjuvant therapy only - to mop up lingering cells after surgery. It was a tough treatment but I didn't have chemo and only one side of my face received the rays. This explains the somewhat upbeat…

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Monday News: 31 July 2017

Next meeting is this Thursday, 3 August, 9.30 at Domain Lodge.

As stated before, we will have Dr Neil Croucher of Oral Health as our main speaker via teleconference. The subject will be the eternal problem of post treatment dental care. Oral medicine specialist Dr Kim Gear will be present at the meeting. 

We will also report back to attendees about World Head and Neck Cancer Day last Thursday and about the patient care packs we hope to provide for newly diagnosed patients…

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