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A new normal: Shane's story

Shane was diagnosed with Baso-Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a variety of head and neck cancer that started on the skin. His disease has been persistent but he has risen above it each time as a result of complicated surgery  (nerve grafts and gold weights) and his own strength and courage. He had a difficult path to diagnosis which goes to show that sometimes the patient is the expert. 

An interesting term I have run into during my cancer journey…

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Path to Diagnosis: Part II

This is the second part of the stories of late diagnosis collected and collated by Olwen Williams. These two illustrate how pretty obvious signs of cancer can be missed until it is too late for an easy solution. 

As we build up to WHNCD, we will publish more stories about aspects of the cancer to raise awareness. 

Anne…

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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 our speaker today. Sandy has conducted a lot of research into the psychological effects of this cancer, including into “unmet needs” and “benefit findings”. Sandy barely got through her slideshow…

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[Questionnaire Update] We did it!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our questionnaire. Thanks to everyone who shared the link, or coerced their partner. This is an authentic, credible dataset. From here we can analyse the information, and prioritise our work. Look out for our summaries, as they are published here over the next few weeks. We all have much to learn, and it starts here with quality information for…

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Oral 7 Products

Oral 7 offers us these products (see PDF) at cost price. They are very expensive in New Zealand otherwise. Unfortunately, you have to order through me because Tristar, the distribution company, is a wholesale outfit and cannot take individual orders. We don't make any money on this scheme but feel it is a valuable service for the people who like these…

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Here are some instructions and information about using Oral 7 mouth care products. I have put these together after talking with the company rep, an oral medicine specialist and people on the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Biotene used to be the go-to product for dry mouth sufferers. I used it myself when other toothpastes made my mouth sting. This was about 15 years ago. I can’t be sure of the time frame. Then Biotene became unavailable in New Zealand.…

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