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Cosette's Story

Cosette Calder, who lives in Christchurch, had a lot to live for when she was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Hard as her treatment was, she knew her cancer was curable and she had a five-year-old son to look after. Cosette’s early symptoms are interesting too. They show us how throat cancer can manifest itself.  

Here is her story.…

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Wednesday Weekly 17 May 2017

It’s obvious head and neck cancer is no respecter of age, gender, bank balance or race – and it’s also sadly obvious not everyone diagnosed is going to beat the disease.  Erin Moran, (story below) was one of the unlucky ones, but perhaps the main message in her story and the following one on  treatment advances in China  is that there is plenty of reason for optimism and not to give up.…

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Weekly Wednesday - 8 March 2017

The United States has been coming in for a share of controversy and ridicule lately, but there’s no arguing it does many things right. One of those seems to be the widespread practice of offering free head and neck cancer screenings to coincide with cancer awareness week over there – it’s an initiative NZ health boards could well emulate.
And there’s added evidence that prison time is an unhealthy option.
Meanwhile, consider: Archaeologists living in ancient Egypt probably didn't have…
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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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Wednesday Weekly - 1 March 2017

One major catch when trawling cancer news sites are the number of prevention or warning stories – symptoms to watch for, don’t smoke, reduce alcohol etc – which to a survivor is very much after-the-fact and not particularly encouraging. However, helping others, even in a small way, to avoid the disease in all its many forms is a fairly natural and understandable impulse and it would be good to see the New Jersey initiative (see below) introduced more widely.

Meanwhile consider: We…
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