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 - August 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Haematology hardship

If you are a reader of this column, you will be aware that we have a lack of haematology services in the Southern Highlands. (If you missed the story, go to the Cancer Connections tab above and scroll down to our July column. Further detailed information is available on the LHS of the screen by clicking on the Local Issues link to "Haematology services".) 


An uninsured patient can have a consultation at Bowral and District Hospital with a haematologist who comes from Liverpool. But for their treatment, the uninsured patient must still travel to Liverpool every time. The result, unfortunately, is that uninsured patients with a haematology diagnosis, such as leukaemia, myeloma, or other blood cancers, must make costly, time-consuming and stressful journeys to Liverpool on a regular basis. It is often family members or carers who must share this burden. And if no-one is able to get the patient to their treatment, it is often our volunteer drivers from the GAPS program who have to take them there and back.


Transporting Cancer Patients

Not aware of GAPS ? Our General and Practical Support service provides fully-trained volunteers who transport patients to and from medical appointments and treatment. Sometimes it means going all the way to Liverpool Hospital and return. Sometimes it involves transport to and from a pickup location for the Patient Transport Service. This is the bus (volunteer drivers again) that takes cancer patients to the Cancer Therapy Centre at Campbelltown. Neither service would be possible without the backing of Cancer Council NSW which provides the bus, petrol, etc and which funds the GAPS drivers’ journeys. For all the details on this transport assistance, go to the Quick Links on the LHS of screen and click on SH Patient Transport or General and Practical Support (GAPS). 






Daffodil Day
A reminder that I mentioned last month the date for Daffodil Day this year : Friday, August 26. Cancer Council always has a number of outlets in the Highlands, based on the major shopping centres. In addition, the Coles organisation has long been a strong supporter and their outlets often have Daffodil Day merchandise available in the week of the event. Every little bit helps, so why not stop by where you see the sign of the daffodil, the symbol for hope. I have invited the State MP for Wollondilly, Jai Rowell, to call in at the stall in Springetts Arcade on that morning. He has readily agreed and will be there sometime around 11am. Call by to show your support for improvements in cancer care.

New committee members

Our Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee was delighted to gain two new members in recent months. Carolyn Le Compte, the Nursing Unit Manager at Wingecarribee Community Nursing here in Bowral, has now joined our popular Mira Glavan, the Clinical Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care. I can also now proudly report that the busy editor of Southern Highland News, Jackie Meyers, has somehow found the time to join us at our monthly meetings. We are most pleased to welcome both as valuable new members.

“Push for Palliative”
This is a good time to mention the widespead efforts to improve palliative services. In a nutshell, there are just not enough palliative care doctors and nurses in the NSW health system. So it’s not possible to give every patient with life-limiting cancer who needs specialist palliative care the access to it, when they need it, wherever they live. That means that some people aren’t able to spend their dying days, weeks, or months, comfortable and pain-free, in a place of their choosing. And it means that some people aren’t treated with the dignity that everyone deserves at end of life. There is a current campaign – “Push for Palliative” spearheaded by Dr Yvonne McMaster and Cancer Council NSW – for more palliative care doctors and nurses and culturally-appropriate specialist palliative care services for Aboriginal people. More details to follow.

Coming Events
• Southern Highlands Cancer Support Group meet at private hospital, 10am, August 23. RSVP Jo or Katie on 4862 9470
• Breast Cancer Support Group, Mittagong RSL, 10am-12 noon, August 24.
• Daffodil Day is Friday, August 26. Stall in Springetts Arcade.
• Can Assist meeting, Thursday, Sept. 8th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital
• Advance Notice : the Southern Highlands Spring Auto Fair is coming to Berrima Public School again on Sunday, Sept. 25, 9am to 2pm. For more information, contact Darren Freer 0439110358 or Phil Walmsley 0438402797 or email: shspringautofair@gmail.com

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au


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Cancer Connections - April 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Missed the Cancer Services Directory 2016 ?

Never mind. A copy of our Southern Highlands Cancer Services Directory for 2016 can still be picked up from the Cancer Centre within the Southern Highlands Private Hospital. On top of which, if you happen to prefer to read a copy of the booklet online, we can accommodate that as well. The Directory is now easily available and can be accessed by just clicking on the tab Directory above. You will find that Southern Highland News have now made it an interactive digital magazine. It has a number of hyperlinks throughout which will give you instant opening of webpages or email windows. It reads so clearly on a full screen and you can still zoom in even further.


“What did your doctor say ?”
The charity organisation Rare Cancers Australia has developed an innovative app to help cancer patients through their medical consultations. Richard Vines recently outlined to our committee how it all works. The CAN.recall app uses the latest technology to improve the early patient experiences of those diagnosed with cancer. It provides a structured process for asking questions of the clinician (with a set of relevant questions already provided) and for recording the answers during a consultation. This can later be revisited and also replayed for family. CAN.recall is available now for smart phones and tablets on iPhone and Android platforms as a free download. Details are on the Rare Cancers website at www.rarecancers.org.au

Haematology services for the Highlands ?
Further to the item last month which notified of a setback in our efforts to have haematology services provided to uninsured patients here in the Southern Highlands : Readers may not be aware of the fact that self insured haematology patients are able to receive their treatment here at the private hospital while uninsured patients must travel to Liverpool for the same treatment. The planned arrangements for all to be treated locally does not now fit in with the public hospital’s current priorities. Our committee believes that those patients would be far better off if served closer to home, wherever possible. We know that the issue is a far more important one than currently assessed in the public hospital’s priorities and we will continue to press for this much-needed improvement in cancer services.



Relay For Life 2016
With a new venue at Moss Vale Showground and different times for start/finish, the Southern Highlands Relay this year was again a most successful event. The weather was good and the spirit among participants was great. This year’s efforts raised nearly $160,000 and thanks must go to the hardworking committee members who did all the organising and to all those people who attended or who donated. The amount raised will help towards meeting the cost of the great many services provided by Cancer Council NSW.



BowelCare Program 2016
Rotary are again distributing kits for bowel screening to pharmacies throughout our district. As was the case last year, the BowelCare Australia kits will use the updated technology of a Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) to screen for occult blood. The new kits are available from all participating pharmacies in the Southern Highlands throughout April and May. The $15 cost for each kit covers pathology testing and notification of results to both you and your nominated doctor. Full instructions are included within the kit package.

Coming Events
• Southern Highlands Cancer Support Group meet at private hospital, 10am, April 26. RSVP Jo or Katie on 4862 9470
• Breast Cancer Support Group, Mittagong RSL, 10am-12 noon, Wed. April 27

• Look Good Feel Better program, SH Cancer Centre, Tues. May 10th. For information, select the LGFB tab under the "Local Services" menu above.

Can Assist meeting, Thursday, May 12th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital

• Biggest Morning Teas can be held anytime throughout May or June. There will be one held at the Private Hospital on May 26th.


Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or 
info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au




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Cancer Connections - January 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cancer Services Directory 2015

Our committee is currently putting together material for this year’s edition of our Southern Highlands Directory. This time our focus is on cancer within families. A big change from previous years will see the booklet combined with the Southern Highlands Health Guide to make a super-sized health issue for 2015. Publication date will be Wednesday, March 25th with your free copy available in that day’s Southern Highland News. If you provide a service for cancer patients or carers and you would like to be given a free listing for the very first time, or if you wish to make an alteration to your current listing in the cancer directory, please get in touch with me. Contact details are below. To place an advertisement in the new bumper booklet, contact the News sales staff on 4861 2333.

Can Assist success

Just in case you missed our note in the December blog on this website, the final fundraising result from Can Assist’s ‘Venice Carnivale’ was $10,077 – a wonderful tribute to the organisers and to the tremendous community support they received.

Pictured below are more scenes from the spectacular evening. Further excellent photos taken by Hamish Ta-me can be viewed on the website of Southern Highland News.




Above : Assoc. Prof. Stephen Della-Fiorentina, a member of the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee, was the guest speaker at the function.

Blood Cancer Support Group
I can report that this new support group will definitely be continuing in 2015. The group, which caters for Southern Highlands patients with various forms of leukaemia, commenced meetings late last year. Those who are interested in the group or would like more information are asked to telephone Emily Barry at the Leukaemia Foundation on 4222 0602.

Vision for Change, 2015

With the NSW state election coming up on March 28th this year, Cancer Council NSW has identified five opportunities for the next NSW Government to reduce the number of people who receive a cancer diagnosis and ensure that those with cancer get the care they need. The issues chosen to seek support from all political parties are :
More palliative care services – many people in NSW who need specialist palliative care don’t receive it, especially if they live in a regional or rural area
Reform of tobacco retailing – some regulation of the selling of tobacco will support people who are trying to quit and encourage young people to live smoke free
Co-ordinated cancer care – Local Health Districts can support cancer patients by providing assistance with co-ordinating appointments and managing the overall care program
Increased Aboriginal workforce in cancer services – making sure that when Aboriginal people go to a cancer service they are cared for by an Aboriginal person
No chemotherapy co-payments – eliminating the discrepancy where some public hospital patients are charged a chemo co-payment while others are not.

World Cancer Day, February 4th
With a theme of 'Together it is possible’, this year's World Cancer Day is about everyone doing their bit to tackle cancer issues. The particular focus on the global goal of reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases by 25% by 2025 makes World Cancer Day a platform for supporting both prevention and treatment. We know that understanding and responding to the full impact of cancer on emotional, mental and physical wellbeing will maximise the quality of life for patients, their families and carers. As the tagline for this world event says, it is “not beyond us”.

Coming Events
• February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Hold an “afternoon teal” in February to support Ovarian Cancer Australia. Their website is : https://ovariancancer.net.au/
• Teal Ribbon Day, fundraising for ovarian cancer programs, is on Feb. 25th
• World Cancer Day will be on Wednesday, February 4th.
• Can Assist meeting, Thurs. Feb. 12th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital
• Hold an Iced Tea Party for lymphoedema research, Jan. 12 to March 20. All details on the website : http://www.icedteaparty.com.au/

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au




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Cancer Connections - May 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Relay For Life 2014

Remember the day ? Saturday, 3rd May ? The weather : cold, wet and windy. Did that deter people from attending ? No way ! Over 1000 people from the Southern Highlands turned up in their various teams to remember those taken by cancer and to celebrate those who presently cope with the disease. Our keynote speaker, Barbara Williams, was both entertaining and inspiring as she described the excitement she had in forming a breast cancer dragonboat team and competing at regattas. The full text of what she had to say can now be read on this website : just click on the News & Events item.















The Survivors and Carers Walk signalled the commencement of the actual relay. Andrew Hearn, the Berrima auctioneer, led the way again this time with a swirl of his bagpipes and a complete indifference to the rain falling at that time. Despite the conditions, this year’s Relay was a resounding success ! For starters, the target of $200,000 had been reached before the day even began. By the end of May, the funds raised were in excess of $284,000 !. Truly this is an amazing result and demonstrates once again the tremendous generosity of the Southern Highlands community in helping others.













Donations put to work
How does Cancer Council use these funds ? Firstly there is the costly area of research into the causes and the treatment of cancer. Cancer Council NSW will spend over $15 million on research alone this year. In our local area, they finance the Patient Transport Service bus, the GAPS program supporting patients and carers in their own homes, and the information resource stands now available in a number of medical centres. They support the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee and provided the funds to establish this website. And all local cancer patients and carers have access to their wide range of support services : the Helpline on 13 11 20; telephone, online and one-to-one peer support programs; financial assistance; prevention programs; the Sunsmart schools and community speakers programs in addition to their extensive cancer information services.

Miss Relay 2014
Maybe conditions on the day caused a reduction in the number of contestants – there were 20 entrants two years ago – but nevertheless a quality field turned out this year. Before the contestants headed off to seek contributions, the early betting possibly favoured the seductive Nicola, who may have been lacking in dress sense but more than made up for it in (shall we say) maturity of years. It was Jasmina, however, who ultimately stole the show in a decisive manner. Known to his friends as James Smith from Krebs 4 Us, our new Miss Relay was strong enough to even defeat the 2012 winner, Miss Randy Tart.

Obviously with an eye to the weather, James chose a fetching little number in brilliant red satin, set off with an eye-catching white polka dot pattern on the bodice. Already streets ahead in the fashion stakes as it was, Jasmina then pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the bucket : a cheque for $500 from his employer. This was enough to trump all other collections and the title was his.

Mother’s Day Classic
By the time this column goes to press, the inaugural Bowral Mother's Day Classic Walk for Breast Cancer will have been held at Bong Bong Racecourse, Sunday, May 11th. Proceeds will go towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The success of this venture is all due to the great work done by Georgie Cousens, Jess Hunter, and their team of volunteers who decided to establish this as an annual event.

BowelCare Australia Program for 2014
Most pharmacies in the Southern Highlands are participating in the BowelCare Australia Program. Kits are available at pharmacies through to May 24th and must be returned to a participating pharmacy for pathology testing prior to June 7th. The $10 cost for each kit covers the testing and notification of results. So, why not “Get checked”.

Coming Events
• National Volunteer Week, May 12th – 18th
• Biggest Morning Teas will be held in the week beginning May 19th
• National Palliative Care Week, May 25th – 31st
• World No Tobacco Day, May 31st
• June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
• Can Assist meeting, Thurs., June 12th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au


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Cancer Connections - April 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cancer Services Directory 2014 now available online

The 6th edition of the Southern Highlands Cancer Services Directory was recently published in the Southern Highland News. The text articles for this year’s issue were provided by the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee. Following a theme of “Support Groups and Services”, we have included all the information we have on what help is available locally for cancer patients and their families. Reception of the booklet has been most favourable. If you missed that issue, copies of the 24-page A5 booklet are still available from the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre within the private hospital. As well as that, a copy of all of the 2014 Directory has been placed on this website under the Directory tab above and available to download in pdf.


Committee loses Kate Partington

At our April meeting, the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee said our farewell to one of our longer serving members, Kate Partington. Currently the Nursing Unit Manager within the Wingecarribee Community Health Centre, Kate had to tell us that this would be her last meeting since she will be transferring out of the district. The committee thanked Kate warmly for her contribution to our work, particularly her advice, her knowledge of health services and personnel, and her ability to identify gaps in health services to patients. Kate’s new position will be as Community Aged Care Manager with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and we all wish her every success in her new role.

BowelCare Australia Program for 2014

We have been informed of the 2014 details for this valuable program, which is organised by Rotary. Participating pharmacies in the Southern Highlands will have the kits available from April 26th (if not earlier) through to May 24th. The completed kits must be returned to a participating pharmacy for pathology testing prior to June 7th. The $10 cost for each kit covers the testing and notification of results. From the 2013 BowelCare Program, 78 people were detected with bowel cancer or polyps and another 152 positive results are pending investigation. 
So, why not “Get checked”.

Relay For Life 2014

Relay for Life returns to the Southern Highlands on Saturday 3rd May at Eridge Park Oval and runs through to Sunday morning. Keep that date free and let’s work for an even bigger event than in 2012. The themes for Relay are “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back !” and proceeds support the many worthwhile activities of Cancer Council NSW. To go to the website for Relay just click here This site will allow supporters to form a team to take part. You can join a team or, better still, start your own. Who will you relay for ?


Mother’s Day Classic

The inaugural Bowral Mother's Day Classic Walk for Breast Cancer will be held on Bong Bong Racecourse on Sunday, May 11th, starting at 9.30 a.m. Proceeds go towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The event offers a 3km walk for participation; it is not a timed race. For all details, registration closing dates and how to enter, go to  http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/


Coming Events

• BowelCare kits available at pharmacies, April 26th to May 24th
• Relay For Life, Eridge Park Oval, Sat. May 3rd through to Sun. morning
• Can Assist meeting, Thurs., May 8th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital.
• Mother’s Day Classic Walk for Breast Cancer, Bong Bong Racecourse, May 11, 9.30am
• International Nurses Day, May 12th (Florence Nightingale’s birthdate)
• National Volunteer Week, May 12th – 18th
• Biggest Morning Tea, week beginning May 19th

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au


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Cancer Connections - March 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cancer Services Directory 2014

Our 6th edition of the Southern Highlands Cancer Services Directory was recently published in February 26th issue of the Southern Highland News. Adopting the theme of “Support Groups and Services”, we have included all the information we have on what help is available locally for cancer patients and their families. Reception of the booklet has been most favourable. If you missed that issue, copies of the 24-page A5 booklet are still available from the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre within the private hospital. As well as that, a copy of all of the 2014 Directory has been placed on this website under the Directory tab above and available to download in pdf.


Can Assist’s High Tea hits a high note

What a fantastic success this entertaining venture was ! Held at Southern Highlands Wines and attended by over 120 people, this major event easily exceeded its target by raising the sum of $11,500. Cancer patients throughout the district will be the better off because all the funds raised go towards supporting them. The fabulous result was due to the untiring efforts of the event co-ordinator Joan Harrison and her team who were strongly supported by people like Jackie Meyers, editor of Southern Highland News, Desmond Freeman, Margaret Urlich, Jenny Davies, Dr Nick Hartnell, Janet Welling from Blue Illusion, and many more. Congratulations to everyone involved.






Pictured (L to R) : Janet Welling, Margaret Urlich, Joan Harrison.


Haematology in the Southern Highlands
As reported in last month’s column, we look like having a haematologist able to provide consultations at the Cancer Centre here in Bowral in the near future. The exact details are still being worked out. When all the arrangements are in place, we will provide more information here.

Lymphoedema treatment
We now have an added local service : a breast prosthesis and lymphoedema service. Warina Walker is a qualified practitioner who specialises in the treatment of lymphoedema including lymphatic drainage, exercise therapy, bandaging and the fitting of compression garments, prosthesis and post mastectomy bras. Warina is visiting the private hospital on the first Monday of each month. Telephone 0488 909 306.
Also, we now have a Care Co-ordinator to help people with gastro-intestinal or urinary bladder cancers : Dr Roberta (Bobby) Elston will be visiting the Southern Highlands under a funding arrangement for the next two years.

Relay For Life 2014
Relay for Life returns to the Southern Highlands on Saturday 3rd May at Eridge Park Oval and runs through to Sunday morning. Keep that date free and let’s work for an even bigger event than in 2012. The themes for Relay are “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back !” 

The website for Southern Highlands Relay is now operational. Just click here
This site will allow supporters to form a team to take part. You can join a team or, better still, start your own.
Who will you relay for ?

Coming Events
• March is Melanoma Month.
• Close the Gap Day, March 20th
• Brigadoon at Bundanoon, Sat. April 5. Volunteers’ efforts can benefit the Cancer Centre Trust Fund. To volunteer, ring the Cancer Centre, 4862 9470.
• Can Assist meeting, Thurs., April 10, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital.

Advance Notice : The Bowral Mother's Day Classic Walk for Breast Cancer, will be held on Bong Bong Racecourse, 9.30 am on Sunday, May 11th. Proceeds go towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For all details about the event and how to register, click here.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au



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Cancer Connections - February 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cancer Services Directory out on February 26th
The theme for this year’s edition (our 6th) will be : “Support Groups and Services” – those which assist Southern Highlands cancer patients and their families. In addition to articles about the major groups and services, there will be a comprehensive listing of all who provide local treatment, information or assistance. We heartedly thank every sponsor of the booklet which will be available in each copy of the Southern Highland News issued on Wednesday, February 26th. Make sure you get your copy.

Help for the bereaved is at hand
We have received this extremely valuable advice from the Southern Highlands Bereavement Care Service :

When a diagnosis of cancer is made something profound happens. It happens to us and it happens to our loved ones. We are immediately shocked, we become numb. Unanswered questions sit uncomfortably in our bodies and in our minds. Suddenly our life becomes fragile and we embark on a new journey into spheres we had not previously given thought to.

As time progresses part of the journey is about experiencing and embracing grief. It involves facing the myriad of feelings and thoughts that are impossible to ignore. It involves dealing with fear - of the unknown, of the physical burdens, of the effects on loved ones and their relationship to us and to living with cancer. It involves our thoughts, our feelings and our bodies. Our grief can range in intensity from just a little worry to feelings of devastation. It follows no time line or rule. A hospital visit may appear a small concern to one person, yet may be devastating to another.

Whatever your thoughts, feelings and physical reactions may be, it is important that they are honoured through expression. You may be happy to do this in private or you may prefer a support group or a particular friend to speak with. It is natural to be overwhelmed with grief on occasions although, if you find these feelings continue or you are particularly fearful over time, then speaking with a professional can be helpful. For assistance please call the Southern Highlands Bereavement Care Service on 48621701 or visit their website http://www.shbcs.org.au/


Relay For Life 2014

Relay for Life returns to the Southern Highlands on Saturday 3rd May at Eridge Park Oval and runs through to Sunday morning. Keep that weekend free and let’s work for an even bigger event than in 2012. The themes for Relay are “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back !” An information evening will be held at the Henrietta Rose Room, Bowral Library, Bendooley Street, Bowral, at 6pm on Tuesday, February 25th. 


The website for Southern Highlands Relay is now operational. Just click here. This site will allow supporters to form a team to take part. You can join a team or, better still, start your own. 

Who will you relay for ?


Coming Events
• February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
  Relay For Life Info evening, Henrietta Rose Room, 6pm Tues. Feb. 25.
• Cancer Services Directory 2014 is in SH News on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
• Teal Ribbon Day for ovarian cancer awareness, Feb. 26.
• Highlands Sinfonia Concert, St Jude’s 10.30am Fri. March 7 to aid Can Assist
• Can Assist meeting, Thurs., March 13, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital. 
  Tenpin Bowling Night, Mittagong, for WHAM, March 21st. Telephone 0419482208
• Brigadoon at Bundanoon, Sat. April 5. Volunteers’ efforts can benefit the Cancer Centre Trust Fund.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au


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Cancer Connections - December 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Martine’s success story
Results are in for the unique effort by Martine Rolff, to raise funds for the Can Assist. Martine made the amazingly generous decision to have her long tresses cut off and donated for the making of wigs for women undergoing chemotherapy. As a result, 45cm of beautiful hair are now available – enough to make two wigs.

On top of that, she used the special event as a fundraiser for the Southern Highlands branch of Can Assist. Donation tins were available where she is employed at the Robertson Pharmacy, they were spread around other businesses in the village, and online donations were made as well. The original target was $1000. So far, $2,400 has been collected. A fabulous achievement, Martine !

The so-called “forgotten cancers”
“Many cancer types are grossly under-funded and under-resourced, yet they are among the most common causes of cancer deaths in Australia. We call these the forgotten cancers,” said Assoc. Professor Freddy Sitas of Cancer Council NSW. Together, they account for 35% of all cancer deaths in NSW.

Figures recently released by Cancer Council NSW show pancreatic and thyroid cancer have seen the least improvements in cancer death reduction over a 20 year study period — only a 6% reduction in death rate, while liver cancer has seen an increase. Under-funded cancers such as pancreatic cancer, cancer of the unknown primary, and liver cancer are in the top ten most common causes of cancer death in Australia, while brain cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in children and young people. On average, 40 Australians die from these forgotten cancers every day. Because of this, Cancer Council NSW has made many of these cancers a key focus for new research. Brain and pancreatic cancer are our second and third most funded cancers, each receiving close to $1m in research funding this year. To read the full article on the Cancer Council website, click here


Season’s best wishes
This Christmas season, let’s pause and spare a thought for the enormous number of good folk in the Southern Highlands who work so consistently to support those with cancer. Let’s remember the volunteer drivers who take patients in the bus to Campbelltown and back every day; the volunteers who help make treatment more comfortable at the Cancer Centre; the GAPS volunteers who assist patients and carers in their home or take them to medical appointments; the organisers of support groups; and all those many people collecting and fundraising for Cancer Council, Can Assist, and the other charities. Life would be harder for so many patients without such wonderful community spirit. Best wishes to you all.

Coming Events

• Please note : There is no meeting of Can Assist in January.
• February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
• World Cancer Day is on Tuesday, February 4th.
• Can Assist meeting, Thurs, February 13th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital.

• “High Tea / High Fashion” fundraiser for Can Assist at Southern Highland Wines, 2-5pm, Saturday, February 22nd. For tickets, please call 0474 647 506. 

    SORRY -- THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

• Cancer Services Directory 2014 will be out on Wednesday, February 26th.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au


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Cancer Connections - July 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Mayor meets with Cancer Leadership Committee
The July meeting of the Cancer Leadership Committee was given over to a most useful conversation with the Mayor of Wingecarribee Shire, Councillor Juliet Arkwright. The Mayor’s readiness to attend an evening meeting of our volunteer committee provided us with an opportunity to highlight the range of support programs and services with which we are involved. Members made special mention of their endorsement of Council’s policies on smoke-free outdoor areas. During the evening Councillor Arkwright not only expressed her full support for our work but also made the kind offer to serve as our Patron. The Committee was very pleased to accept this gesture and can now look forward to even closer co-operation with Council in the future.



Pictured above : At front on left : Therese Harris, then behind her (L to R) : Kate Partington, Steve Burton, Juliet Arkwright, Jo Pearson, Grahame Hackett, Terry Hughes, Tina Hunt, Kit Bullivant and Margaret Mogg.

Do we know of your cancer service ?
If you provide a service for cancer patients and carers, or you host a cancer support group, and we don’t know about it, then it probably won’t appear in the 2014 issue of the Southern Highlands Cancer Services Directory. Our committee is currently planning next year’s issue which will focus on local cancer support groups and service providers. So, if you would like to be given a free listing for the very first time, or you are interested in advertising in the booklet and you haven’t done so before, please get in touch with me. Contact details are below.

Lions Club of Bowral makes $500 donation
At the start of this month, Lions Club President, Tom Dolan, informed me of a generous donation they were making. From funds raised by members, the Lions Club of Bowral has provided a cheque for $500 to the local branch of Can Assist whose sole object is to help cancer patients. 

Support like this, coming from social, sporting and service clubs in the district, together with the continuing backing of local businesses, have helped sustain the valuable work of Can Assist. You may remember that the Can Assist organisation as a whole received the NSW Premier’s award in 2012 for “Excellence in Public Service Delivery”.



Can Assist needs more members 
While on this topic, it must be said that the wonderful achievements of the local branch are made possible by quite a small band of volunteer supporters. They need more members. Can you volunteer some time to help out ? The contribution of your own time, no matter how small, is the most productive way you can do your bit to show people they are not alone on their cancer journey. 

The Secretary, Terry Hughes, can be contacted on 48723059, or by email at gandt@live.com or why not go along to one of their meetings, always held at 10am on the second Thursday of each month in the conference room of the old Bowral hospital, Ascot Street, Bowral.

Coming Events
• July is Dry July – helping adults living with cancer
• “Call to Arms” at AFL games during July – Clash for Cancer
• Breast Cancer Support Group luncheon, August 7th. See the website  www.bcsg.info
• Can Assist meeting, Thursday, August 8th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital
• Daffodil Day raises funds for Cancer Council programs, Friday, August 23rd
• Daffodil Day events at the SH Cancer Centre will be held August 21st-22nd

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or  info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au


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Cancer Connections - April 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cancer Services Directory now online

If you were not able to get your copy of our Directory for the Southern Highlands, the whole contents of the booklet can now be obtained from this website. This year’s booklet, which featured special articles on men’s health issues, can be easily downloaded as a pdf file. Just click on the Directory tab above.


BowelCare program resuming
We have now heard from the Rotary Club of East Gosford which organises the distribution of BowelCare test kits that they are resuming their program for 2013 with the same testing kit they have employed in the past. The latest information is that Southern Highlands pharmacies will have the kits available from May 4th (if not earlier) through to June 1st and should be receiving their supplies in late April. The last day for returning the kit for pathology testing is June 15th. With over 12,000 new cases of bowel cancer diagnosed in Australia every year, it is one of the most common forms. The good news however is that, if detected early, this is one cancer which is curable in so many cases. So, why not “Get checked”.

Emergency Care Kit available

One of the many services provided by the Commonwealth Government’s Respite and Carelink Centres is an Emergency Care kit. These Centres exist to assist older people, people with disabilities and those who provide care and services. The kit, which is free, provides four forms for recording all details of the plan for a patient's care. Part of the kit is a most useful card which a carer can keep in their purse or wallet. Should they be involved in an accident or any emergency, the card will show that they are a carer and provides the name and contact details for the person they look after. For more information about this and their numerous other services, you can contact this government agency on 1800 052 222 or to visit their website click here. 


Biggest Morning Tea

Another great fundraiser for Cancer Council is the annual Biggest Morning Tea. While a nominal date is set for Thursday, May 23 this year, not all groups who are organising their morning teas can hold them on the same day, so they may be held on any morning around that date. Not a problem. Maybe this means you get to go to more than one event ! And if you are thinking of getting one started yourself to raise some financial support, you can find out more from the Cancer Council website at www.cancercouncil.com.au


DonateLife

There has been increasing publicity lately about Australia’s need to improve its rate of organ and tissue donation, which is low by developed world standards. The DonateLife campaign encourages people to discuss this question first with their family, since they need to be aware of the person’s wishes. People willing to be listed on the Donor Register, or who would like to know more about the process and the issues involved, can do so by calling 1800 777 203 or going online at  humanservices.gov.au/organdonor or visiting the local Medicare Service Centre.


Coming Events

• Carers NSW is conducting a number of 6-week teleconferencing courses to assist carers at no cost to participants. To find out more, call 1800 242 636 or go to www.carersnsw.org.au

• Prostate Support Group meeting, Henrietta Rose Room, 6pm, April 30th
• BowelCare kits available at pharmacies, May 4th to June 1st.
• Lunch for Breast Cancer Support Group, May 5th – see website www.bcsg.info/
• Can Assist meeting, 10am Thurs, May 9th at the old Bowral Hospital
• National Volunteer Week, May 13th – 19th
• Biggest Morning Teas will occur on Thursday, May 23rd or on nearby dates
• May 31st is always World No Tobacco Day.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au




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