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World Head and Neck Cancer Day reminder

Now is time to have another look at the newsletter Olwen and I made last year to mark World Head and Neck Cancer Day on 27 July. 

It was our first WHNCD and we held a stall at North Shore Hospital as well as linking with private providers throughout the city and with people all over the world. 

This year there will be more events throughout New Zealand and for Aucklanders a stall on Level 5 of Auckland City Hospital on 25 July. We will make that whole week a dedicated…

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Bob Watt is one year out from this head and neck cancer, so clearly shown in his PET scan. Bob is in Southland and had 30 treatments via radiation and 6 (once a week) of carboplatin to treat both tumours which were diagnosed as Stage IV T1 N2a HPV positive. He is well now and the medical team don't want to give him another scan until the 3 year…

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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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Vaccinate your children against HPV

Virtually everyone reading this article, at some time in their lives, will acquire one of the many types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Four out of five (80%) of us will acquire one of the 40 subtypes associated with genital infection. These genital HPV subtypes cause visible genital warts and genital cancers.  Fortunately, for most of us, our immune systems clear the genital HPV subtypes, without any obvious signs of infection. Some people need treatment for visible…

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If there is any overall message to take from trawling through the libraries of news stories about head and neck cancer it is that a lot of people in a lot of countries are working on the most effective forms of treatment. That can range from drug treatment to robotic surgery and more, supporting the patient during and following treatment is another issue and one that groups like this network are constantly advocating for.

Meanwhile consider; Everything in the universe is either a…

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Amazing article on HPV

Saw this on Twitter and was amazed at how she pulls no punches about HPV caused head and neck cancer. I often say that things are worth reading but this is stunning. Moreover, it's a call for action and a lesson in how to cope. 

Here is a quotation" "By the age of 25, 85-90% of people have been infected with HPV, but have cleared it. From the first exposure to oropharyngeal cancer can be as much as 30 years, for the unfortunate few who did not make antibodies against…

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The following is a summary of the first talk at our Auckland Head and Neck Support meeting in Auckland yesterday. The theme was new directions in head and neck cancer treatment and care. See the end of the article for a glossary of acronyms.

Mr John Chaplin, FRACS, Head and Neck Surgeon

 

HPV

There have been big changes…

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Talking about HPV

This can be a delicate topic. HPV is a factor in increasing numbers of head and neck cancers. HPV is usually caught by having oral sex; this can be embarrassing but experts assure us that most of us have or have had the virus and only a few of us suffer cancer because of it. HPV is the same virus that causes cervical cancer in women, a disease that is being eradicated because of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. Many countries are introducing vaccination for boys, and we are one of them. Thanks…

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Weekly Wednesday - 1 February 2017

Despite the efforts of family friends, support groups like this one and social/medical agencies it is often difficult, after a cancer diagnosis, to escape the feeling that you are alone and fighting alone. As the U.S. story below indicates you are anything but alone – but overcoming that feeling of isolation and loneliness will almost certainly be a major challenge. As a distraction however, you could consider: A single person has the potential to ruin or make your life. We have a…
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Wednesday Weekly - 23 November 2016

Amid all the  treatment articles in the world’s media there are a few  about or by survivors. The piece below by  American Steve Hendrix is one of the best.

This week’s thought doesn’t have any medical application, but consider …: Scottish Tartans are really just gang colors…

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Please share your thoughts on your recent treatment experience. This can be at any stage of your cancer journey, pre treatment, treatment, post treatment, and survivorship. 

You can take our survey as many times as you like, and we encourage you to have your family/whanau and carers share their thoughts as well. Click the link to share your thoughts.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PatientNZ

 

 

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