Cancer Connections

Beating Cancer in the Highlands ... This column is brought to you regularly by the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee and is first published in the Lifestyle section of the Southern Highland News. It is designed to inform everybody of matters relating to cancer in our local community and the wider society. We aim to focus on local news, forthcoming events, services and other cancer issues.

Cancer Connections - April 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Oncology Unit opens

The relocation of the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre and the Cancer Council Information Centre has now taken place. The Centre has moved from its previous premises in Holmhale Street to the new Oncology Unit within the Southern Highlands Private Hospital, 99 Bowral Street, Bowral. The telephone number direct to the Cancer Centre is 4862 9470.

The modern and spacious unit involves an increase in oncology recliner chairs to 7; plus oncology procedure rooms with 2 new beds; 3 dedicated consulting rooms; an interview room; the services of a dispensary; and access to cancer information resources. There is also room for family and friends to accompany patients in a bright and relaxed atmosphere with the availability of watching television, listening to music, or their own discman/MP3 player.

Register for Relay For Life

The build-up to this great event continues. Relay for Life will be at Eridge Park Oval on April 28th – 29th. Part of the funds raised by this event go towards financing vital research into the causes and treatment of cancer by Cancer Council NSW. Their current research program totals a staggering $16 million. You can register online by clicking here Relay for Life to join a team or, better still, form your own team and make an entry. To obtain further information about Relay For Life 2012 you can talk to Tara Holloway : telephone 4223 0206 or email to her at tarahw@nswcc.org.au Who will you relay for ?


The program of activities planned for the day will ensure an entertaining and fun-filled event for all the family. At last glance, there were already 65 teams who have so far raised over $66,000 and still counting. People who are not able to take part are urged to make a donation to support the efforts of one of the teams and to purchase tickets in the Relay Raffle. (Pictured : a small section of the participants in 2010)


Filling the GAPS

We now have a new name for our Volunteer In Home Support service, known as VIHS. Its name has changed to GAPS : General and Practical Support. The new title is apt because the service was intended all along to “fill in the gaps” where cancer patients or their carers need support back in the home. This change will not affect the range of services available. It has been made to more accurately reflect the fact that much of the assistance patients are being given is actually outside the home : for example, transport to medical appointments or shopping, or to connect with the Patient Transport Service bus.

Speaking of which, the GAPS service does need new drivers. If you would like to volunteer as a driver, please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Suzy Kennon, on 0428 681 926 or by sending an email to shvihs@y7mail.com

Can Assist welcomes new members

The local branch of Can Assist always welcomes new men or women who are keen to help in the fundraising activities of the group. Remember that all monies collected or donated are spent here in the Southern Highlands helping cancer patients. Meetings are held each month at the old Bowral Hospital. The next one is on Thursday May 10th at 10am.

Coming Events

• Southern Highlands Relay for Life, April 28th -29th at Eridge Park Oval
• Can Assist meeting, 10am Thursday, May 10th at the old Bowral Hospital
• Mothers Day Classic - aiding breast cancer research – May 13th
• National Volunteer Week May 14th–20th is time to celebrate all our volunteers

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au


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Cancer Connections - March 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Oncology Unit

There has been a delay to the moving of the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre from its current premises in Holmhale Street to the new oncology unit at Southern Highlands Private Hospital. Recent wet weather has put back some of the building work at the hospital and the move will now take place on Tuesday, April 10th.



Cancer Services Directory 2012
The last week of February saw the publication of the 4th edition of our directory which lists the services available locally to assist cancer patients and their families. It also carries a number of articles about cancer and health-related matters along with advertisements from many local firms and organisations. The feedback we have had shows that it has been very well-received. Thanks are due to Southern Highland News and all the Directory’s sponsors who make this publication possible. If you missed out, a copy can be obtained at the Cancer Centre or you can now download it as a pdf file from the Directory tab on this website.

Register for Relay For Life

This major fund-raiser for Cancer Council NSW will be held at Eridge Park Oval on April 28th – 29th. It will commence at 9.30am on the Saturday and the Survivors & Carers Walk takes place at 10am. The event finishes at 10am on Sunday. For more details, see our additional item under the “News and Events” tab. 

You can register online by clicking here Relay for Life to join a team or, better still, form your own team and make an entry. Early bird registration (before April 14) is $15 per person. Who will you relay for ? Those not able to take part are urged to make a donation to support the efforts of one of the teams and to purchase tickets in the Relay Raffle.


BowelCare test kits
As part of the bowel cancer awareness campaign the test kits from BowelCare Australia are now on sale at most pharmacies until March 31st. The $10 fee covers the kit, pathology and notification of results. Completed kits can be returned to participating pharmacies up to April 14th. Note that there are instructions about avoiding red meat and iron tablets, and restricting the intake of aspirin and vitamin C, for three days before and during the collection period. Full instructions are printed on the test kits.

Smoke-free Outdoor Areas Policy
This important policy was passed unanimously by Wingecarribee Shire Council at its meeting on February 22nd. Full detail will become available when Council posts this on its website, makes its media release and includes it in Community Notices. Signage will then be erected at relevant areas.

Cancer-related News
The Herald Sun reported that an Australian cancer drug designed to kill cancerous cells while leaving healthy ones intact has been tested on Australian patients. The drug was discovered, designed and tested in Australia. Assoc. Prof. Martin Lackmann, Monash University, said : “We believe this antibody has the potential to provide significant benefit to a range of patients with blood cancers or solid tumours, given its potential to attack different types of cancerous cells”.

Coming Events
• 1st April is National Smile Day – supporting the Clown Doctors
• Can Assist meeting, 10am Thursday, April 12th at the old Bowral Hospital
• Southern Highlands Relay for Life, April 28th -29th at Eridge Park Oval

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au


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Cancer Connections - February 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cancer Services Directory 2012
Your copy of the Southern Highlands Cancer Services Directory for 2012 will be in the Southern Highland News, Wednesday, February 22nd. It is the 4th edition of this useful publication which lists the services available locally to assist cancer patients and their families. The Directory is updated each year by the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee so that the information is as accurate as we can make it. Thanks are due to Southern Highland News and all the Directory’s sponsors who make the publication possible.

Relay For Life event

The launch of Relay For Life 2012 took place on February 16th at a function at Harvey’s Bar, Gibraltar Hotel, Centennial Road, Bowral. The launch was a great success with everyone agreeing that it gives promise of an entertaining day & evening of fun activities for a worthwhile cause. For more details, see our additional item under the “News and Events” tab. 

Every two years a Relay for Life event is held in our district and the next one is coming up on April 28th-29th. This major fund-raiser for Cancer Council NSW will again be held at Eridge Park Oval from 9.30am on the Saturday to 10am on Sunday. You can register online by clicking here Relay for Life  to join a team or, better still, form your own team and make an entry. Early bird registration (before April 14) is $15 per person. 


New Oncology Unit
The Southern Highlands Cancer Centre will be moving from their current premises in Holmhale Street in March when the new oncology unit opens at Southern Highlands Private Hospital. The Cancer Centre provides cancer services to everyone in the Southern Highlands community either as privately insured patients, or uninsured (public) patients, through an agreement with the Sydney South West Area Health Service. The new unit will provide improved and expanded facilities for treating cancer patients. The exact date for the move will be made available on this website as soon as it comes to hand.

Cancer-related News
The media have reported that Cricket Australia will surrender hundreds of thousands of dollars in boundary-line advertising after it emerged it may have been illegally promoting tobacco. Concerns were first raised during the Boxing Day Test and the ads were briefly withdrawn. They were put back after Cricket Australia was given an assurance by the Indian High Commission that the product was mouthwash and did not contain any tobacco. The recent backdown came after the Federal Health Department launched an investigation into advertisements in Hindi on the boundary rope for Australia-India Test matches. The ads for a company that makes chewing tobacco and mouthwash were aimed at the massive TV audience in India. They also featured at the Twenty20 games in Sydney and Melbourne and were due to be shown during a series of one-day internationals.

Events for the Southern Highlands Community Hospice
* Screening of “Gone With The Wind”, February 24th, 6pm for 6.30pm
* Twilight Walk/Run, February 24th
* Jazz at Montrose berry farm, February 26th, 12.00 – 3.00
* Inaugural Gala Dinner, Gibraltar Hotel, March 2nd, 7pm for 7.30pm
For full details of these events, see the website www.shcommunityhospice.org/ or call at their office in Suite D, Springetts Arcade, Bowral.

Coming Events
• February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
• Hospice Week, February 24th to March 2nd. See item above for four events.
• Can Assist meeting, 10am Thursday, March 8th at the old Bowral Hospital.
• LG…FB workshop at the Cancer Centre in Bowral, March 20th. Need to register.
• Southern Highlands Relay for Life, April 28th -29th at Eridge Park Oval

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au
















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Cancer Connections - August 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Council approves new oncology unit

At the meeting of Wingecarribee Shire Council, Wednesday August 10, Councillors unanimously gave their approval for the DA for the new Oncology Unit to be built at the Southern Highlands Private Hospital. I was able to see the plans for the extension and it is going to be a great facility to benefit patients.

Daffodil Day, Friday August 26
As foreshadowed last month, the annual Daffodil Day fundraiser approaches, with contributions going towards a range of necessary programs : research into the treatment, causes and prevention of cancer; plus patient support and information; cancer screening; and advocacy activities.

Supporters may already obtain items which are available at Coles, the Cancer Centre at Holmhale Street, and various local pharmacies. I am told that on Daffodil Day there will be collection sites set up at the following locations : Oxley Mall and Springetts Arcade in Bowral; Sally’s Corner; Bundanoon Village; and Highlands Marketplace in Mittagong.

Curves are having a Party - a Zumba Party
Enjoy the party and get into some Zumba fitness at the same time. Curves will be hosting the event at the Mittagong RSL, Sat. September 10, starting at 12 noon. Must pre-purchase your tickets !   $20 from Curves, the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre, or Mittagong RSL. All funds raised will go to the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre Trust Fund; proceeds from sale of Cancer Council items will go to Cancer Council NSW. Join the party !

Southern Region office of Cancer Council has moved
For people who wish to contact the Wollongong office of Cancer Council, I will mention that they have moved to a new address at the University of Wollongong :
Suite 7 Ground Floor, iC Enterprise 1, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong. The postal address is : PO Box 21, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519. Their phone remains unchanged 02 4223 0200 but the new fax number is 02 4285 0268.

Coming Events
• Third Wednesday each month : Cancer Support Group. Henrietta Rose Room, Bowral, 7pm. Facilitator : Jann Wadsworth 48693830.
• Daffodil Day will be held on Friday August 26.
• ZUMBA Party, Mittagong RSL, Sat. September 10, starting at 12 noon.
• Community Services Expo, Thurs. Sept 15, at Moss Vale Services Club.
• Can Assist fundraiser will be “Balloons Can Assist” and is now planned for Nov. 13 at Bowral Pool – the first week the pool is open for the summer.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au

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