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Friendly Friday: Pride, hope and laughter

Should be New Zealander of the Year every year

In this tough old world, there are some bright patches. How proud were we when New Zealand doctor, Lance O'Sullivan, burst into an anti-vaccine film screening in Kaitaia and argued for life-saving vaccinations of children? What a brave and committed thing to do. Here's a radio interview.…

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When I realised I’d have to have a hemi-glossectomy (half my tongue removed) I was relieved to hear that the missing bit of tongue could be replaced by a flap of tissue from my arm. Phew! There wouldn’t be a gaping hole and the remaining part of my tongue could push the flap around to enable me to talk.

This flap surgery is well known to vast numbers of head and neck cancer patients but the rest of the world knows little about it and even GPs seem confused. Twice I’ve been…

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Weekly Wednesday - 24 May 2017

Having family and friends around to  support and help after diagnosis and treatment is obviously a  great help to survivors, but the need for co-ordinated care  also extends to the medical field.    Improving post treatment care is an ongoing goal of this H and N Cancer  Network  and there are many studies (such as the one below)  indicating how important…

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Friendly Friday: Teamwork

If you are a patient, survivor or carer/whanau, remember to fill in our questionnaire. It is live today with a link on this site and on Facebook. It will be open for a week. Diana will run a Q & A about it on the website so you can come here if you have difficulties. …

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We need your help to count the beans

Remember those competitions at the school fair. You had to guess how many jelly beans there were in a jar. The closest person to the real total won the prize. Research has shown that if you take all the guesses from everyone, add them up and then divide by the number of people guessing, then you will be pretty close to the total. There is the…

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Wednesday Weekly 17 May 2017

It’s obvious head and neck cancer is no respecter of age, gender, bank balance or race – and it’s also sadly obvious not everyone diagnosed is going to beat the disease.  Erin Moran, (story below) was one of the unlucky ones, but perhaps the main message in her story and the following one on  treatment advances in China  is that there is plenty of reason for optimism and not to give up.…

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