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Season of goodwill: Friendly Friday

Friendly Friday is about counting our blessings. Christmas , for all its crass commercialism, is called the season of goodwill. 

Today we want to thank the health professionals who care for us: nurses, surgeons, speech language therapists, oncologists, all the people who make up a head and neck cancer team. 

Olwen has made a virtual card to show our appreciation. …

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A recent NZ Herald story about a young woman with recurrent nasopharyngeal cancer aroused our interest in the immunotherapy drugs Keytruda and Opdivo, approved in NZ but not funded for HNC. 

Eve McGauley was only 15 when she contracted the disease. She went through the awful…

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Christmas Do: Friendly Friday

We're a national network with members from all over the world as well as NZ. But we started with our little group of Auckland stalwarts and branched out from there. Today, Thursday, the Auckland Support Group had its last meeting of the year, not at Domain Lodge, but under the spreading chestnut (?) tree in…

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Let there be light: Weds Weekly

Another Weekly Wednesday round-up from one of our members. The video below is from a site that explains the near infrared photoimmunotherapy trial mentioned in the first article. 

While immunotherapy drugs and robotic surgery advances tend to dominate the new treatment spotlight there is much…

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Programme for Coping: Friendly Friday


Gypzee Kerry, a kind and wise person, joined our group recently after having treatment for head and neck cancer. Kerry has worked in the field of drug and alcohol rehab and has some advice on how to recover after setbacks in life. I grabbed this from the Facebook page with Kerry's permission. 

A programme or guidelines I try to work by for recovering ......

A balanced lifestyle …

A helping hand.. easy to…

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Post treatment problems? Weds Weekly

Wednesday Weekly is a collection of recent stories about head and neck cancer from Google Alert, compiled and introduced by one of our members. 

Couple of stories this week about life after diagnosis and treatment – even if successful it’s not all roses.

Lead story suggests…

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Network News - Monday 27 November 2017

Ata marie whanau,

Kia ora whanau,

The Auckland Review of Head and Neck Services


None of us are mind readers. And, this I know is true, I cannot see the future. So for the Network to accurately represent your interests in treatment, care and support, we need your help. Please read the report from the Auckland Review…

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I’m in favour of patient attendance at the multidisciplinary meeting. The first time I attended one in October 2009, I felt quite humbled by the experience and got a secret thrill out of being the centre of attention. Wow, so many medical people looking at me and wanting to make me better.

Last time, though, in 2014, it was a more daunting experience. I had a recurrence and the meeting room seemed to have been turned into a theatre with me alone on the stage. I still think it was of…

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Is it nature or nurture that determines our fate? Is it our genes that make us who we are or our environment? According to some of the speakers at this symposium, we are not fully responsible for many of our behaviours. Our bodies and minds are affected by genes, hormones and bugs. Nature is what makes…

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We’re trying to act on the lessons we learnt from the e-Patient Dave workshop and lecture. I'm looking at my last major encounter with the health system through the lens of his philosophy.

Remember the Dave…

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