Northland man left with brain damage after suspected morphine overdose in Auckland hospital

A Northland man has been left with brain damage due to a suspected morphine overdose he received in hospital. 

Trevor Flood, 56, has been left confused and cannot remember how to use a TV remote, his wife Kylie Flood told Radio NZ's Morning Report

The Kaipara builder had gone into Auckland City Hospital on February 12 dehydrated and in severe pain after a course of radiation therapy for throat cancer.  Read more...

Researchers identify traits linked to better outcomes in HPV-linked head and neck cancer

3076929744?profile=RESIZE_710xUsing a new blood test that's in development, University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers identified characteristics that could be used to personalize treatment for patients with a type of head and neck cancer linked to HPV infection. Read more...

Personalized medicine: Testing therapies on mini-tumors of head and neck cancer

Head and neck cancer is an aggressive type of cancer that often recurs, despite patients undergoing harsh treatments. Researchers have succeeded in growing mini-tumors (or organoids) of head and neck cancers, that can be kept alive in the petri-dish for a long time. These mini-tumor were shown to predict patient response to therapy. Thus, this technique holds promise to identify the right therapy for the right patient. Read more...

Cancer Survivorship and The Art of Letting Go

I have a daily calendar on my desk with very wise sayings. One that really stood out was by J.C.Watts. “It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go.”
I had to think about this for a minute. We have all seen cartoons and pictures on Facebook and in newspapers of an animal – usually a cat – “hanging on” a ledge – sometimes just waiting until Friday! This looks hard when you are barely able to use your fingernails and digging in. So what does this have to do with being a cancer survivor?Read more here...

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