Susan’s Story

“I knew I had to keep trying” In  November  2016 I had just finished seven weeks of chemo-radiotherapy for HPV oropharyngeal cancer following tonsillectomy. The treatment was brutal. I felt terrible and completely weak and wiped-out, on morphine, could barely swallow...

December News, 2023

HNCSA marked the end of the year with a meeting at Domain Lodge on 1 December. We were fortunate to have radiation oncologist Andrew Macann speak to us about the state of radiotherapy, possible de-escalation of treatment for HPV patients and exciting new prospects for...

November News 2023

Mucositis is one of the topics coming up in our Facebook Support Group. What are the things that help other than strong pain relief?  Do products like Caphasol and Healios help and are they available in New Zealand? We see so many people embark on this painful...

October News 2023

New board members and first recipients of our Pinc and Steel project – that is how the last month has panned out. Webhost Ian Fernie and my son and IT specialist Peter Jansen are joining our board of trustees.  Our project to fund ten patients through the Pinc...

September News 2023

September has seen a Domain Lodge meeting on nutrition for head and neck cancer patients and our Facebook group clocking over 700 members. Unfortunately this went down to 680 when I made a long overdue foray through the list to remove overseas members who had not been...