Saw this poem in a book, liked the 3 am connection and nabbed it from a blog as indicated below. There's even an analysis. We are not alone. …
This is a story about the Digital Health Workshop held at North Shore Hospital on 30 October. Six of us attended as well as a number of health care workers. Dave deBronkart who is famous in health circles as a strong advocate for a new health care paradigm, is speaking at a number of events in Auckland and elsewhere.
The photo is of Dave, Diana, myself and a Waitemata DHB doctor.…
Weds Weekly is a round-up of HNC stories from the web, contributed by a member. This week there is a story dear to my heart. Should we use mouthwashes with alcohol in them? (Ed.)
If you’re reading this chances are…
We had become an incorporated society in June last year but it took us a while to raise the money to open a multi-faceted website using the Ning platform.
Fortunately there was a large gathering of head and neck cancer professionals in…
Honestly, the first time I saw the radiation mask I was horrified. It was a ghoulish, white ghostly thing. It was like a villain’s mask from a thriller. But I wasn’t thwarted either. I knew that radiation could kill the invisible cancer cells left behind after surgery and after two recurrences I was pleased to have a chance to keep the cancer at bay.…
Cancer research, trials, treatments and discoveries are going on around the world and encouraging progress is being made in many areas. Lead story this week is about the contribution of a near neighbour. (Prof Frazer is pictured above.)
That’s followed by a less encouraging discussion about…
Auckland is not the only centre holding head and neck cancer support meetings. As far as we know there are regular meetings in Nelson and Christchurch. We are not sure about Wellington. Does anyone know?
Here, committee member Cosette Calder reports on the most recent Christchurch meeting. …
Kathryn is one of our regular contributors. Her husband Greg was treated for adenoid cystic carcinoma not long after the loss of their daughter to cancer. I asked her if she had wisdom to share on how to deal with the suffering that cancer causes us. Here are her words.
The top illustration is of their happy place, their farm just out of Whangarei, rolling country dotted with native bush. There's one of the Parnell Rose Gardens, one of Greg fixing his car with his youngest…
Olwen and I are gradually building up a collections of poems for inspiration, pleasure, catharsis and insight. This week there is one of my old favourites by American poet Robert Frost whose short simple nature poems contain a world of meaning. I've left it a bit late but every spring I think of this poem…
Trismus is an innocent sounding name for a most annoying and sometimes serious side effect of head and neck cancer treatment.
It means limited mouth opening and can be caused by damage to the muscles and ligaments of the jaw by surgery or radiotherapy.
Once again, I’m going to…
Knowledge is power – know your enemy – is generally good advice but it can also become overwhelming when trying to `know’ a subject as diverse, complicated and downright evasive as cancer. Being a qualified doctor or researcher with years of study behind you can help, but for…
Xylitol is a "tooth-friendly", nonfermentable sugar alcohol. It is naturally found in low concentrations in the fibres of many fruits and vegetables and can be extracted from various berries, oats, and mushrooms. Industrial production starts from xylan extracted from hardwoods or corncobs, which is hydrolyzed into…
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The Auckland Review of Head and Neck Services
As you may know, we are part of a Working Group reviewing the Head and Neck Service for Auckland, Counties-Manukau, Northland and Waitemata District Health Boards. As a Network, we value the opportunity…
I know osteo means bone and radio refers to radiotherapy and necrosis refers to dead tissue so ORN is death of bone due to radiotherapy.
Here is a definition of…
Between relative newcomers like immunotherapy and robotic surgery along with the more traditional radiation, chemotherapy etc, it could be tempting to think cancer is on the run. It’s true the battle has heated up, but it will go on for a while yet and collateral damage…
Speaker: Dr David Vokes
Dealing with head and neck cancer is about optimising function.
There are three types of dysfunction:
- Preexisting eg…
We have a new section on the website that Maureen and I find exciting and we hope you will too.
I've rearranged the Printables section somewhat and added a new subsection under the "Printables" link above to give a section for "Inspiration". To get us started I've added three poems. They are illustrated with graphics and have an image and downloadable PDF format.
Some of these have appeared before but now they have a place to be together.
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