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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...https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190617100936.htm

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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