This week we share the news of 12 new cancer-fighting radiation machines, more funding for immunotherapy research, interesting news about the HPV vaccine, and finally, Judy Kirchmeirer tells her story of 10 years of cancer. 

Government's cancer response: PM Jacinda Ardern unveils 12 new cancer-fighting radiation machines

3409552019?profile=RESIZE_710xThe Government has unveiled the first tranche of its cancer plan, announcing a $25 million spend on 12 new radiation machines nationwide.

But the plan, announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister David Clark at Wellington Hospital today, stops short of a commitment to setting up a National Cancer Agency.

Ardern said the Government would be unveiling a further "major announcement" when it releases its Interim Cancer Action Plan later this month.

The new linear accelerator machines will replace older ones in places such as Hawke's Bay, Taranaki and Northland. Read more here...




Government to fund $4.9m over five years for cancer immunotherapy research

Cancer immunotherapy research funding from the Government means new hope for cancer patients. 

Estimates say the therapy could save 2812 New Zealand lives in 20 years, and cancer survivor David Downs says the funding will change lives for those short on time.  

"People who are otherwise in a hopeless scenario are going to have another chance at life."  Read more here...

One dose of HPV vaccine may be enough, Australian research finds

One dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has comparable effectiveness to two or three doses for preventing cervical pre-cancer, according to a new study.


In a large national data linkage study published in Papillomavirus Research, researchers compared cervical screening outcomes for a quarter of a million Australian women who were eligible for vaccination under the national program.


A Decade of Cancer Survivorship: What Helped Me Through It

 Judy Kirchmeier writes of her 10 year cancer story.

I remember seeing copies of CURE in my oncologist’s reception area; I took the Winter 2019 copy to read about cancer. At home, I decided to fill out CURE’s subscription card and just got the spring issue in the mail – I couldn’t put it down!

I’m going into 10 years of survival from highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer; now it’s my turn to write about my experiences based on the stories in this issue. My younger sister-in-law and I were diagnosed with breast cancer a few months apart, but for some reason, family members wanted to keep it secret from both of us. Neither one of us started treatment when first was diagnosed as we were waiting for different things to fall in place. NOTHING was the same after we were diagnosed. She had double mastectomy and I had two surgeries at once: lumpectomy with sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Read more here...

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