June News 2024

The announcement that 13 new cancer drugs would not be funded this year was disappointing. Australia has already funded Opdivo (2018) and Keytruda (2022), and many had hoped Keytruda would be included on the list, given the intention to bridge the gap between New...

May News 2024

HNCSA has its new board up and running. Toni, Karen, Ian, Nicky, Peter and Sue now comprise the trust board with Tammy, Maureen and Mary joining the volunteers, Susan and Catherine.  The board had its first meeting face to face in Auckland City at the end of April and...

April News 2024

Just a quick update on HNCSA’s latest developments.  Toni Davis is now leading as Chair of our charitable trust, with new faces Peter, Ian, and Karen joining the board recently. Although we’re still ironing out the details, you can find our updated team...

March News, 2024

March 4 is World HPV Awareness Day. Head and neck cancer patients and carers are probably more aware than many about the importance of the HPV vaccine. It beggars belief that people would shy away from a vaccine that prevents six cancers and means that an individual...

February News, 2024

WORLD CANCER DAY – closing the care gap It’s World Cancer Day on 4 February and this year’s theme is closing the care gap. This means the gaps worldwide and within countries. Australian advocate and broadcaster Julie McCrossin, interviewed me about the gaps...

January News 2024

HNCSA is on holiday but our forum, our private Facebook group, goes on 24/7 all year. What are the issues that come up for patients over the holiday period? An important  one is, who do you call if you have a minor to medium health crisis duing this time? The usual...