Quality of Life

How can we maximise our quality of life? HNC patients might have eating and speaking difficulties and some disfigurement. The treatment is traumatising to some and depression, even PTSD, can kick in.  I’ve lost the ability to eat socially and it’s a big loss. When you...

October News 2021

Our October 13 meeting at Domain Lodge has been cancelled. It's obvious we won't be in level 1 at that time. However, we have had two Zoom meetings for members of our Facebook group in the weeks since the mid-August lockdown. These have been ad hoc with limited...

September News

Congratulations to the bulk of Aotearoa. Entering Level 2 is a big achievement just three weeks into this Delta outbreak while up here we will hold the fort until the Covid gods smile on us too. News from our charity is that we have 1. updated our home page which will...

Tooth extractions before treatment

The upper jaw is like balsa wood, says our expert, porous and with a good blood supply. Many patients have teeth out before chemoradiation. Here is an explanation from a dentist member as to why the pain can be bad in some cases and WHY we sometimes need healthy teeth...

Patient Experience of Taste Loss

Some facts about loss of taste after (chemo)radiation This is a taste bud on the tongue. The little hairs (microvilli) are receptors and the nerve takes the taste to the brain. Its formal name is dysgeusia. 90% of patients experience taste loss after a couple of...

Head and neck cancer services in lockdown

Here we go again! Lockdown Level Four across New Zealand for at least three days, Auckland and Coromandel at least seven and looking to be a lot more. Rest assured that cancer treatment will go ahead. Face to face appointments are likely to cease unless they are...

Hopes for Head and Neck Cancer

Three North Auckland HNC patients in uniform What is the news this mid-August? We have our YouTube channel up and running, we have received a small grant from Internal Affairs and have a newsletter on the go detailing our charitable giving. One topic raised in the...

Late diagnosis

This is a very good video of a typical throat cancer patient whose sympoms presented themselves over time and were thought to be insignificant by the patient and his GP. When the neck lumps grew he was referred to ENT who diagnosed him quickly. An HPV related head and...

A successful event

A large poster made by Karen Shaw of the range of people who have had HNC Last Wednesday's WHNCD event was a big achievement thanks to ORL nurse Karen Shaw and members of our team who made posters,  decorated masks and turned up despite the heavy Auckland traffic. Our...

HNC surgeon John Chaplin

This video is all about HNC from one of our Auckland surgeons. A video made for World Head and Neck Cancer Day