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Dr Giuseppe ‘Peppe’ Sasso is currently the Clinical Director of the Radiation Oncology Department at the Northern Regional Cancer and Blood Services, Auckland City Hospital and Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), having moved to New Zealand, from Italy with his family in 2010.

Peppe’s Talk

Auckland is very…

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Monday's Meeting

It went well! We had 19 attendees, two via Zoom. It was our 2018 AGM with a successful outcome. Diana was relected Chair, Cosette is the new Secretary and I am on the committee with the old crew plus Toni Davis (Auckland) and Heather Anderson (Timaru). We established Dr Andrew Miller as a well integrated part of the committee in the role of advisory…

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Become a member, please

Around the corner on May 7th is our AGM. We hold it in Auckland where we started, but it is an annual general meeting for all our members throughout New Zealand. 

We'll do our best to live stream it but we need non-Auckland members to vote by proxy. We'll send you a form. 

As we are an incorporated society, we have certain rules to adhere to. One is that every old member has to enrol again. And you have to be registered…

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The milk of human kindness

 

After talking about the Health and Disability Advocacy Service at the Auckland Meeting on 5 March, we discussed acts of human kindness that we had experienced while being treated for head and neck cancer. 

Here they are, listed below:

  • It was heaven to have my hair washed after surgery.
  • The kind surgeon who looked at my…
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The Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service is a free service that operates independently from all health and disability service providers, government agencies and HDC. If you want to know more about your rights when using health or disability services, get questions answered, or make a complaint, we can help.

Freephone: 0800 555 050

Email: advocacy@advocacy.org.nz…

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March 5 Meeting in Auckland

Our next meeting is at 11.30, 5th March.

Where the place? Domain Lodge, diagonally opposite the hosptial.

We will have time for news, introductions, questions and discussion. Diana will be back and will update you on exciting developments in our network. 

Our speaker, who will address us from 12 to approximately 12.50 am, is one of the advocates from the North Shore Health & Disablity Advocacy Serivice. 

Two years ago, before we had our website,…

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Grace under Pressure: February Meeting

“Grace under pressure” is what Dr Eric Levi has learned from cancer patients as he has observed them during his career as a head and neck surgeon. Patients teach him how to be a better doctor.

Eric, who is from Melbourne, is completing his third head and neck related fellowship at Starship Hospital after working with adult and child patients in previous…

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So good to have reports of head and neck support meetings round the country. Here they are from south to north. Please tell me if you know of meetings in other centres. 

NELSON, 2nd February

On Friday we, the Head and Neck branch, Top of the South, had our first meeting of the year. Chaired and organised by Emma Burns.…

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Speakers' Programme 2018

Working on it! Now have most speakers set in place and Tuesdays evening meetings shaping up. Have invited speakers for them.

This is a new move for @HeadNeckNZ. An attempt to allow people who work during the day to attend our meetings. 

We will do our best to keep to this programme and yet keep one or two slots open for any ideas that you have. …

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Auckland Meeting Dates

I'm trying to get the Auckland meetings sorted for the year. Speakers are listed in a previous post but here is some firmed-up information on the dates, including the two evening meetings. 

Times are there. Remember the 11.30 am start for daytime meetings and 6.00 pm start for the two evening meetings. All laid out in the file below which I will place in waiting rooms around Auckland. …

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Auckland Meetings 2018

Not long to go now and we'll be back into the swing of 2018, Domain Lodge meetings included.

As you know we have had to change our Thursday meetings to first Mondays because of pressure on Domain Lodge's parking facilities. 

Meetings will be at 11.30 to 1.30. Bring your own lunch if needed. 

Attached is the programme for this year so far with two slots unfilled. The programme will be amended soon to include two evening meetings during those…

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September Meeting Report

It was good to see two new members at our meeting this morning: Susan and Kevin, both from Northland and both receiving radiotherapy here in Auckland. 

Dr Kim Gear was unable to attend but we discussed the dental situation at some length. This is an ongoing project of ours with the next step to hear from Kim about her "survivorship" hospital and my intention to follow up a suggestion that I contact the Dental Association. 

We talked about the election year promises…

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How do you transition patients from curative but damaging treatment to survivorship? Dr Kim Gear, oral medicine specialist, wants to be the ambulance at the top of the cliff while Dr Neil Croucher, Clinical Director of Oral Health admits that funding and staffing for follow up dental care is limited and patients should go back to private dental care as soon…

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A small turnout on Thursday 6 July. The America's Cup parade was on and the weather was atrocious. Nevertheless we had a fruitful meeting, getting to know a new member of our network, Sharmayne and welcoming Marlene Evans back into our midst. 

We started with a video about WHNCD, a day of observance that started in 2014. It featured Jatin P. Shah who is the head of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncological Societies as well as Michael Douglas and…

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As we prepare to hear another talk about the psychological aspects of head and neck cancer on 2 July, it is worth republishing this excellent talk by Sandy Carell. 

What are the  psychological effects of head and neck cancer?

We were privileged to hear a talk by Sandy Cavell, then of CMDHB on 4 June, 2015. 

Sandy Cavell, health psychologist at the ORL module at the Manukau Superclinic, was…

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Kath Broad from Pinc and Steel

If you divide a circle into three equal sections, diagnosis and treatment would fill two of them and rehabilitation the third. Rehabilitation is one of the neglected stages in a cancer patient's pathway, says Kathy Broad from Pinc and Steel.

Rehab of cancer patients is Pinc and Steel's stock…

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