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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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Vaccinate your children against HPV

Virtually everyone reading this article, at some time in their lives, will acquire one of the many types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Four out of five (80%) of us will acquire one of the 40 subtypes associated with genital infection. These genital HPV subtypes cause visible genital warts and genital cancers.  Fortunately, for most of us, our immune systems clear the genital HPV subtypes, without any obvious signs of infection. Some people need treatment for visible…

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"Scanxiety": Tuesday Contributor

“Scanxiety” is a big part of the head and neck cancer experience. I’m sure many of you will be able to relate to Kathryn’s words. 

We have asked Kathryn to write a column from time to time as a Tuesday Contributor.

Greg has been called into hospital to get his bloods done.  This means that scan time is imminent.

No matter where we are on this cancer journey, scan appointments always always induce…

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