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Swallowing Issues

This is an extract from a 2015 newsletter of a meeting at Domain Lodge. Swallowing issues do not go out of date.

Speaking today was head and neck surgeon Dr Bren Dorman from the ORL department. His talk was on swallowing issues and consisted of
videos as well as slides. The videos were of scoping procedures within the hospital clinic or the ward, showing swallowing tests and impediments to swallowing as well as some of the treatments offered.

Patients in the…

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Being a Caregiver

When one member of the family gets cancer, the whole family gets it, people say. In our head and neck cancer community we have many members who have become strong advocates for their partners. Here is one such story of love and commitment. 

Taking on the role of caregiver came to me on two occasions only a few short years apart.  Suddenly and devastatingly each time, with no warning and no instruction manual.  It landed on my lap by default…

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Consumers' Code of Rights

If you are like me, you will be vaguely aware of the Code of Rights for consumers using the health system. You will have seen the tomato-coloured posters on waiting room walls entitled “Your Rights” or “Ou Tika”. You'll largely ignore them although you have been known to fire off an emotive email to a hospital department at times.…

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Cancer: Hype versus Hope

This is my summary of a talk by Professor Bill Wilson of the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre. Entitled Cancer, Hype versus Hope, it was given at the May meeting of the U3A Hibiscus Coast. Professor Wilson is speaking at the evening lecture on World Head and Neck Cancer Day at Domain Lodge. You can learn more about his research on the centre’s…

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The Fibula Flap: Thursday Investigator

Just as the inner wrist provides smooth, unspoiled, almost hairless tissue for tongue reconstruction, the thin fibula bone in the leg provides surgeons with a convenient flap to reconstruct the jaw after head and neck cancer surgery.They are both suitable for harvesting blood vessels to join to vessels in the head/neck area.

 Last week, when  I wrote about the radial free forearm flap, I was describing a procedure I’m very familiar with as a patient. This…

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Note: this is a preliminary investigation based on a talk with my local GP clinic and lots of googling. There may be inaccuracies which you are free to point out. We will find out more when we get the chance to talk to Procare and other PHOs. I think it is an important issue. 

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  • Primary health is at the community GP…
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