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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…

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Monday Guest Editorial

This weeks Guest Editor is the Network Chair, Diana Ayling, these are her Notes from Mill Island

Cancer. The very word is intimidating, and strange. What does it actually mean when they tell you, "you have life threatening cancer."? It means you are growing some mutant, and dangerous cells that intend to grow structures which will prevent vital aspects of your bodily functions to continue. So really,…

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Greg's story, an update

We published Greg's story some time ago. It has been a popular post and has now been updated with the latest news and a new photograph of Greg on his farm. This picture shows the side of his face on which the jaw was replaced.

Adenoid cystic carcinoma is a rarer form of head and neck cancer. Therefore, I hope people out there, searching for someone who has experienced the same thing,  will be interested to to read this account. It was written by Greg's…

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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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