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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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There are a range of cancer treatments with mix and match combinations usually the approach of the day. Understanding how they work however is a challenge for the layman though the lead story this week offers a pretty good and accessible explanation for immunotherapy.

That’s followed by a few…

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It often surprises just how many people get a head and neck cancer. I recently discovered a singer/song writer favourite, John Prine, had a cancer back in the 90s and Val Kilmer recently confirmed that he actually did have a cancer this year (after first denying it.) Both survived and are apparently going strong - something the stories below suggest are becoming more of the norm. However, as always, a little skepticism never hurts.…

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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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Wednesday Weekly - 3 May 2017

There’s no disputing cancer treatment is expensive, both from the medical side as well as the individual cost with loss of income ,possible home care and so on.  All the same the decision by  the British national health service to stop funding one of the key anti-cancer drugs (nivolumab-opdivo)  seems a serious…

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Wednesday Weekly - 19 April 2017

Progress is being made in NZ in publicising the incidence of head and neck cancers and gaining resources to fight them. Progress still feels slow compared to some other countries though (see stories below) and there’s a long way to go – but the trajectory is definitely upward.

Meanwhile consider: A line of paint on the road holds more authority than I ever will or maybe.  It's been 82 years. Schrödinger's cat is definitely dead by now. Check it out here..…

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Immunotherapy clinical trials for NZ

A Chinese company is partnering with the Wellington Malaghan Institute to produce a targeted cancer therapy for trial. It involves taking a patient's own immune cells, adding an activator (a special virus)  to them and injecting them back into the body. 

Below are some links and a Wikipedia image of a similar technology. …

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