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Weekly Wednesday 5 September 2018

New appointments to Waikato and Counties Manukau DHBs

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced new appointments to the Waikato and Counties Manukau District Health Boards.

Current chair of Bay of Plenty DHB Sally Webb has been appointed chair of Waikato DHB, while former Speaker of the House and law professor Margaret Wilson will bring valuable legal insight to her role as deputy chair.

“No one should…

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Wednesday Weekly 15 August 2018

Treating Head and Neck Cancer: The Power of a Multi-Specialty Team and Staying Informed

At the 2017 ASCO meeting in Chicago, Host Andrew Schorr chats with head and neck cancer expert Dr. Ezra Cohen. They talk about updates for patients at this year's conference. Dr. Cohen is the Associate Director of the Moores Cancer Center. He is also a Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Cohen…

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Head and Neck Cancer News

....From around the world, and closer to home, some of the top stories this week.

GP's plea to parents: save your kids from disfiguring cancer

Cases of head and neck cancer are increasing at a faster rate than other cancers, yet a cure for one of the causes is being turned down too often, according to Whangarei doctor Andrew Miller.

In younger…

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The anti-vax movement is generally  (and justifiably) treated with a good dose of scepticism and ridicule and it’s likely any anti-radiation movement will suffer the same fate  But as lead story this week explains not everyone swears by radiation treatment.

The second story looks at treatment delays – a  nightmare when it’s…

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A while back Keytruda was being hailed as the new wonder drug.  There’ve been a few up and downs since then, but it’s still around and the lead story suggests that early promise can be realised.

Second story suggests it could be joined one day by the new AZD1775.

And we finish with one from the `you are what you eat’…

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Along with `quit alcohol and smoking and lose weight’ the line `exercise more’ is pretty much standard medical advice. However, the lead story notes that there may be more to the`exercise more’ than simply to make everyone feel guilty.

Second story re-emphasises the need for good dental hygiene.

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New Zealand nurses are currently agitating for a pay rise with many maintaining the general public is only partly aware of how important their role is.  Lead story this week then is about how nurses can help head and neck survivors post-surgery.

Second story is a bit more technical – about identifying types of cancer in order to…

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With the increasing number and variations of cancer treatments (and the number of identifiable cancers)  finding the right one can be a challenge, but more work is now underway to help ensure a correct fit – as the lead story explains.

And while head and neck cancers are often blamed on smoking, alcohol or HPV infection some…

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Cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a pretty bleak time and any help will be appreciated. That help can come in the form of a pet - and the (usually) relentless positivity and enthusiasm of a dog is one of the best – as this week’s lead story suggests.

The second story outlines some of the areas that a…

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One of the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy is mucositis -` the painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes' - particularly in the mouth and digestive system which makes swallowing a painful challenge. Lead story this week suggests help could be on the way.

Second story…

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New techniques and developments in applications like robotic surgery, immunotherapy, gene therapy and others are adding to the traditional weaponry of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Hydrogel is now looking a potential winner as well – as today’s lead story suggests. The second looks at gene therapy research in Australia.

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Even after successful treatment a head and neck cancer survivor is still likely to face a number of challenges – and not everyone can cope with them. Lead story this week is about post treatment suicides and why depression alone is not a warning sign.

The second story is another pro-exercise piece. However I would suspect someone who does no…

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