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20 March 2018

This we look at asprin and survival of head and neck cancer patients,

Collection and use of medical data, the risks of opioid misuse, the cost of chronic pain to New Zealand, and mental health issues and aHNC diagnosis..#headnecknz #hnc #hnca

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Can Aspirin Use Improve Survival in Certain Patients With Head and Neck Cancer?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin may help improve the chance of survival for some patients with cancer, according to a new study.

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Network News - 18 March 2019

 

Kia ora tatou,

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Our deepest, heartfelt, condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the Christchurch Mosque shootings. Arohanui.

It's hard to find the words that will acknowledge what happened and how it has made many of us feel. I strongly suggest that if the recent events have left you feeling overwhelmed you seek support from the Cancer Society,  or your General Practitioner.

This week our Network News include a summary of the Palmerston North Support Group meeting held in Janua

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13 March 2018

This week our weekly news looks at risks of robotic surgery, a study on managing MRSA, improving health after treatment, post code care on bowel cancer, and a lovely piece on surviving cancer. #headnecknz #hnc #hnca


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FDA sounds an alarm on using robotic devices in cancer surgeries, citing concerns about safety and results

 

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned against the use of robotically assisted devices for mastectomies and other cancer surgeries, asserting the

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Personalized Risk-Stratified Cancer Follow-Up Care: Its Potential for Healthier Survivors, Happier Clinicians, and Lower Costs

An interesting new take on managing the increasing numbers of people surviving cancer with high needs.

Abstract ONLY: The growth in the number of cancer survivors in the face of projected health-care workforce shortages will challenge the US health-care system in delivering follow-up care. New methods of delivering follow-up care are needed that address the ongoing nee

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Heather Anderson, is one of the Network Committee members. Together with Brian Sheppard, she attended the recent Cancer Care at the Crossroads Conference, at Te Papa, Wellington. In this article, Heather shares her thoughts and impressions from the conference.

My mind has been spinning since attending the Cancer at a Crossroads Conference. The conference was at Te Papa in Wellington. So much information and so many phenomenal people. The Data is so specific I will not even try and report on tha

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27 February 2018

This week our weekly news looks at Google’s move into Electronic Health Records (EHR). a new device to treat tumours in head and neck cancer, ADHB receives the Rainbow Tick, and the reporting of problems for women surgeons continues.

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Google patent indicates plans to develop Electronic Health Record to predict patients' clinical outcomes

Google appears to have plans to develop its own electronic health record (EHR) for clinicians that gathers patients’ medical records and then l

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Kia ora tatou,

this week our Network News includes an opportunity for you to share your views for the government's Health and Disability Sector Review. Click here to give your thoughts. We give you the details of the approved plan for the development of the Auckland/Northland Head and Neck Service. We share news from the Auckland Support Group, and introduce our new developments to support Patients. We are giving you the opportunity to ask questions about the Network or anything else that is on

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This week our weekly news looks at the term we  consider the term “Cancer Survivor”, we think about making healthcare more like Amazon, consider how suicide and head and neck cancer, and meet a boy driven by his father’s legacy.

 

How to make healthcare more like Amazon? It comes down to data and payer-provider collaboration

1030844405?profile=RESIZE_710xAnyone who has used an e-commerce site like Amazon knows how easy it is to get what you want—sometimes within hours—with the click of a button.

With its phone calls, long wa

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Happy Waitangi Day! Here is the latest head and neck cancer news from New Zealand and around the world.

The Man who's Time is Up

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It started with a thumping, irregular pain on the right side of his head. The pain would pulsate in brief, intense waves, then fall silent. It became more regular, more fierce. Then he found a hard lump, the size of a pea, and then he went to see his doctor.

Some 171 days later, when they finally operated on Peter Kroon, the cancer on his right eyebrow had grown. No

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Japanese team plans to use iPS cells in clinical trial for cancer patients

A Japanese team is preparing a clinical trial to inject immune cells made from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into patients with head and neck cancer, it has been learned.

The team of Riken and Chiba University researchers will file for state approval of the trial as early as autumn and start as soon as approval is given, informed sources said Thursday. The trial would become the first in Japan to use iPS cells as

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Brian Sheppard call for action

948252448?profile=RESIZE_710xBrian Sheppard, is a member of the Head and Neck Cancer Support Network committee. He attended the recent Cancer at the Crossroads conference. Following the conference shares this message with you. If you would like to work with us to advocate for higher standards of cancer care, we would love to hear from you. Please email headandnecknetwork@gmail.com

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I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the organisers

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Here are some of the media releases from this amazing conference.

Professor Richard Sullivan - A global view of cancer treatment

Richard Sullivan is Professor of Cancer & Global Health at Kings College London (KCL), and is the director of the Institute of Cancer Policy. He qualified in medicine, trained in surgery (urology), and gained his PhD in cell signalling.  Sullivan was clinical director of Cancer Research UK between 1999 and 2008. Following a period at the London School of Economics

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If Someone in Your Life Just Survived Cancer, Here’s How You Can Support Them Now

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The cancer journey doesn’t end after treatment

If your friend, colleague, partner or family member has completed cancer treatment, you probably feel relieved that their treatment is over and was successful. And you probably imagine they’re feeling relieved, too.

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic produc

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Network News - 28 January 2019

Kia ora tatou,

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this week our Network News celebrates a new year.  As always, our website is the place to go for all your news, resources, and support information. Be sure to check it out, and if you not yet a member, now is a good time! http://headandneck.org.nz/

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Auckland Support Group Meetings 2019

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Here at the Network we seek to respond to head and neckers needs. One thing that has become apparent in Auckland is the need for a support group to meet outside work hours. This year w

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Boston — The 96-year-old patient with pneumonia in Bed 11 was angry. “Do you really need to check my vital signs every four hours?” he asked.

Checking things like temperature, blood pressure and respiratory rate every four hours on hospitalized patients has been the standard of care since the 1890s, yet scant data indicates that it helps. In fact, data shows that close to half of patients are unnecessarily awakened for such checks, perhaps to the detriment of their recovery. My patient wanted t

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Here are three new articles from the latest Head and Neck Cancer News.

Firstly, a clear explanation of the roles of various doctors in your treatment, care and support.  An article on the problem of conflicts of interest for medical professionals. Finally, a important video about the need to listen in a crisis.

I’m having surgery in a public hospital. Will a junior doctor operate on me?

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If you’re about to, or have had, surgery in a public hospital, you may have wondered which doctor was actuall

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