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...

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...