Thursday, 27 October 2016

Fundraising Success! New Website Live!

This is a very exciting day for us. The beginning of a new phase for head and neck cancer people in New Zealand. We welcome you to our new site.
Please become a member, just click this link to follow through and join up. As a member you will be able to see and participate in much more than the public. 
You can join a regional group here. You will be able to contact and discuss with people in similar situations to yourself in your area.
It does not matter what stage of treatment you are, we have a discussion forum for before, during and after treatment. Just click here to join in.
We will be posting more resources, news and events over the coming week. We hope you enjoy the content and provide us with plenty of feedback.
Our old website will be slowly decommissioned. Our Facebook Support Group will continue. Head and Neck Cancer Support You can link up with us on Twitter @headnecknz or LinkedIn Click here. We have an open Facebook page which you can view here

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Weekly Wednesday 26 October 2016

Help in tracing head and neck cancers

Help in tracing head and neck cancers
THOUSANDS of family doctors are to be given free books to help them spot head and neck cancer in a bid to drive up diagnosis rates.
The guides aim to help doctors spot the different types of cancer that can occur in the head and neck – from more than 30 sites where the disease can start.
The books have been created by the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Each of the UK’s 9,400 GP practices will get a copy, highlighting key signs to look out for and how to refer patients quickly. Alex Goodson, a specialist registrar in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Morriston Hospital near Swansea in Wales, co-wrote the book.
He said: “This is an invaluable resource for medical students and those in an established practice. The book is specifically designed to inform primary care clinicians about an area of healthcare that many may have had little training in.
“The treatment algorithms in the toolkit mean GPs will be able to recognise sinister features more easily, and make earlier referrals. I believe this will save lives and mean less aggressive, longer-term therapy for patients.”

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

An update on our progress....

We are so thankful to the people who have donated funds for our new interactive website. Thank you so much! We are 42% of the way there and time is running out. We have until Thursday at 11am to make the total. So please make a donation, and please send out our link on your Facebook page to encourage others to donate. If you have family and friends, they may like the opportunity to contribute to a nationwide Network, that connects, support and advocates for head and neck cancer people, their care givers and families.

Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon's conference in Auckland today.

We'd like to welcome all the head and neck cancer professionals to Auckland.

Please help us raise money for a new online community for head and neck cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.

We are now at $1000. Another $1500 worth of pledges and we will have enough to run our website for three years. When we become a registered charity in the not too distant future, we will be able to attract bigger, tax deductible donations.

At this start up stage, we are relying on our good friend, Givealiitle.

Paying for the website month by month, we have it all ready to go but we would like to have a measure of financial security.

Release date, the great unveiling? Tonight or tomorrow. We will let you know.


Monday, 24 October 2016

Woohoo! $987. I feel confident that we'll reach our target when all the head and neck people converge on Auckland for the surgeon's conference.

To pledge any small or larger amount that you can afford, see the link below. Remember, it is for a website that will be part of the first ever online head and neck cancer community in New Zealand. Is there one in Australia? I don't think so. There are Facebook groups but a comprehensive website ... I'm not so sure.

Very excited about providing this service and hope we can meet people's needs. A really good website incurs some cost however, so we hope people can help us in any way they can.


Labour Day... and we are tracking nicely...