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…
We have all been invited to a lecture by Dave deBronkart who advocates for patients worldwide to be more engaged in their care. It is at North Shore Hospital, 5 pm to 6 pm, October 30.
He is a fascinating speaker.
Details below. …
Did delays shorten lives or not?
A outbreak of paratyphoid fever in Hawke's Bay is being blamed on mussels gathered at Napier Marina and served at a tangi. Signs saying not to gather seafood are there for a reason.
High GP costs in…
Why do some GPs charge so much more than others? It's all to do with a faulty funding formula which both major parties have promised to fix. Looks as if they still don't get it. We asked one of our members, Dr Andrew Miller, to comment.
How you ever wondered why some general practices charge adults $18 and others charge anywhere from $35-65?. Well it's because the general practices are given different levels of government subsidy based on a historic…
Mental health has featured this week as political parties made promises to provide funding, and there was suicide prevention day on Sunday. National Party MP for Tamaki, Simon O'Connor made a mistake when he seemed to equate suicide and euthanasia, which earned him a rebuke from PM Bill…
The National Party are going to build a new hospital in Dunedin, although the message…
First let's start with a good news story about Christine Brown who has had major facial reconstructive surgery. Her story shows the skills that exists in our…
We saw it play out on RNZ and elsewhere: a war of words between John Campbell of Checkpoint and the Minister of Health about prostate cancer waiting times. Eventually there was an apology from the Southern DHB!
The embattled minister also told a group of bemused cancer…
We all want to live in hope. Sometimes hopes for survival are dashed if the cancer has spread too far. Can there be any hope then? Not in the narrow sense of the word maybe but there are still many things we can hope for. We might have years; we might be able to live with the cancer.
We can hope for good days, for good care, for a chance to make peace with life, to achieve a goal or fulfil a dream. We can hope for those few more good months or years where we can fulfill what we…
Fred's partner, Olwen, tells Fred's story.
It was mid 2015. Fred (68) was a bit irked. He had a sore on his tongue at the side near the back. Eating chocolate hurt it and it was getting annoying. He…
One of our members, Bernard, speaks in the video within this Nelson Mail article. He and his fellow throat cancer survivor speak out about the challenges of finding a new life after cancer and the need for males to be vaccinated against HPV. …
The head and neck cancer patients and carers I met at the Auckland Support Group in 2014 were pretty tough and staunch. I'd attended other support groups where there were tears and tender feelings but the head and neckers were quiet about their feelings and just wanted to learn more about the disease and enjoy the feeling of being silently supported. I don't know why our group is still quite matter of fact in its approach to cancer; maybe it is because we tend to be in an older age group…
Here is another WHNCD event in Auckland next week.
Gillies Hospital, a Southern Cross hospital in Epsom, is having two WHNCD events.
On the day itself, 27 July, they are having a staff red shirt fundraising day.
Prior to that, on 24 July from 6 pm til 8 pm, they are holding a Head and Neck Forum for General Practitioners.
The following topics will be covered
- Thyroid Ultrasound by Dr John Chaplin
- Using a Robot for Head and…
Multidisciplinary meetings, those panels we front up to after diagnosis. A room full of doctors and other health professionals who are going to decide our treatment and hence our fate. I've been to two: in the first there was a semi-circle of clinicians standing around the edges of the room and my…
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