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Summer Sale! Painted rocks.

All around New Zealand and overseas, people are painting rocks and “hiding” them in parks, walkways and other public places. I saw one at the Auckland Botanic Gardens yesterday.

This is a healthy, arty new outdoor craze that does not involve Pokemon Go or much screen time but instead rocks, stones, paint, sealer and imagination.

When you find them, you replace them with your own painted creations - but put them somewhere else - on top of a ponga trunk is good. The ones you have…

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North and South's series on Keytruda

It's worth getting your hands on copies of the last two North and South magazines (Jan/Feb). Veteran journalist Donna Chisholm investigates the latest immunotherpy drugs, Pharmac, and the effect of non-supply of cutting edge drugs on New Zealanders with cancer.

In January's issue, HNC was mentioned. In February's it is more about melanoma and funding formulae. The third part will be in March. North and South does not have an online version but articles are sometimes published on…

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Happy New Year

Good wishes to all our members and to people affected by head and neck cancer everywhere.

Let's hope the new year ushers in good things for those of us in this corner of the health care universe. Always hopeful. Always ready to support those who need help on their head and neck cancer pathway. 

There's nothing magical about a new year in my book. It's what we make it, a time to reflect, to make plans, to throw out the things that didn't work…

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A kiwi blessing for Christmas

May the rain fall on the cracked earth

May the gaps in society be filled
May the earth get back on its axis

May the rivers be cleaned
The kauri saved
And the mountains covered in snow

May there be new treatment for metastatic head and neck cancer
May Pharmac fund…

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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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Health News Roundup 14/11/2017

A smart device for the hearing impaired.  An iPhone or iPad can connect directly to a cochlear implant,  Good news for the increased number of people who will be getting cochlear implants after the additional funding announced in the build-up to the election.…

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Patient Story. Skin cancer of head and neck.

John is a member of the Head and Neck Living Well Group run by the Cancer Society's Christchurch Centre. While his cancer is melanoma, the treatments John has experienced are only too familiar to us: radical neck dissection, radiotherapy and skin grafts.

Keytruda is approved for head and neck cancer too but is not yet funded for HNC by the DHBs. 

There is an overlap between skin cancers…

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