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Barwon Health's Andrew Love Cancer Centre, Geelong

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Funds raised through Dry July 2019 will help improve the patient experience for people undergoing cancer treatment at Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre.

Barwon Health’s Cancer Services provides world class treatment options including radiotherapy treatment, chemotherapy, apheresis unit/stem cell collection, transplant clinic and haematology services. We have a dedicated cancer inpatient ward at University Hospital Geelong, and a range of complementary services such as clinical trials and pharmacy at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre allowing us to offer patients the very best treatments available.

This year, with your help we’re fundraising for comfort and care therapies and equipment across Barwon Health Cancer Services. The therapies include exercise therapy which will provide patients having treatment at University Hospital Geelong with physical, mental and emotional health benefits.

Dry July has also made a big difference to the ProjectLove Chemotherapy Day Ward and Pharmacy redevelopment. Thanks to Dry July participants Patients will have access to the latest technology to watch TV, play games, listen to the radio, order food, send emails and surf the internet via a brand new state-of-the-art ‘Siemens HiMed Cockpit Bedside Solution'. The system also has the capability to allow for video conferencing so that patients can communicate with doctors in a major city whilst having treatment providing 'real-time' discussions with their clinician. An integrated webcam even makes it possible for friends and relatives to pay a virtual visit to the hospital. The portal can also host education and information content put together by the Cancer Centre to educate patients about their treatment and illness.

Funds raised through Dry July will also provide support to vital programs and activities at Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre Wellness Lounge. The Wellness Lounge incorporates wellness components and provides a range of therapies for patients as well as lifestyle and survivorship programs. The therapies provided combine with allied health services such as social work, psychology and pastoral care support.

Every year, Barwon Health cares for and treats over 20,000 individual cancer patients from the Geelong and Western Victoria region, with 2,400 of these being new cancer patients. For more information about Barwon Health Cancer Services, please visit www.barwonhealth.org.au/cancer-services/

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Car for Barwon Health

Patients will now have a brand new car to get to their appointments at Barwon Health thanks to a brand new car funded by the Dry July Foundation.

The new car has been added to the Volunteer Transport Program at Barwon Health and will help those patients who need assistance to reach their life-saving appointments and treatment at Barwon Health's Andrew Love Cancer Centre.

In 2017, Dry July donated more than $154,000 for the comfort and care of cancer patients at Barwon Health. Some of the items funded this year have included exercise therapy, a patient art program, music therapy, nutrition support and edible gardens, carer support and massage.

Dry July Foundation CEO & Co-Founder, Brett Macdonald, believes the new car will make a big difference to cancer patients and is exactly what Dry July is about,

“The Dry July Foundation is proud to have funded the volunteer patient vehicle for patients of Andrew Love Cancer Centre. This vehicle will help patients be transported to and from their chemotherapy/radiation therapy appointments and their homes.

The new Dry July vehicle means an extra 200 patients a year will be able to use the transport service offered by Andrew Love Cancer Centre, helping to reduce the stress associated with getting to and from appointments. This will help improve the wellbeing of people affected by cancer, which is what Dry July is all about. 

Thank you to the Dry July participants who helped raise the funds for the vehicle – your fundraising is making a real difference to cancer patients and their families in your local community.” 

The brand new Subaru was also part of this fundraising and grant program in 2017.

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Continued Funding for Chemotherapy Diaries

Andrew Love Cancer Centre continues to provide diaries to patients who are attending chemotherapy treatment to assist with their scheduling of appointments both medical and personal to alleviate the stress of the complex appointment schedules. These diaries have been made possible through Dry July funding for a few years now.

Emily, pictured here, says 'During my treatment I have found the diary really useful during my chemotherapy and subsequent surgery for keeping track of appointments and phone numbers for any questions I have during my treatment journey.'

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Art Therapy at Andrew Love Cancer Centre

Thanks to Dry July, the Andrew Love Cancer Centre in Geelong has been able to offer expressive art classes as part of the Supportive Care Centre. Patient feedback on these sessions has been very positive.

“I came in feeling heavy & we are leaving feeling lighter because of the art therapy”

“The session has opened my thinking, making me look at the situation in a different and more positive way.”

“The class has allowed me to share with others and helped me with ways to deal with things”.

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Julie benefits from Dry July funded programs- Barwon Health Geelong

I have had the opportunity to work closely with the Physiotherapy Assistant on the Oncology ward. The program has allowed me try things I thought I wouldn’t be able to do, knowing she was there to support me and guide me through the program. She was able to spend time with me to extend on exercises, allow me extra mobility practice and other therapeutic techniques such as yoga breathing and mindfulness strategies to gain confidence in my own abilities. I have appreciated her hard work, patience and knowledge. She is confident in her interactions and I have enjoyed working with her on a personal level.

Julie


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Scott supports Andrew Love Cancer Centre

Dry July has provided funding toward the upgrade to the centre. Scott, a brain cancer survivor endorses the centre:

“The clinicians and support staff at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre have all been great. Their support has helped me get through a very tough time. They are always checking in on me and making sure my treatment is going well. This redevelopment will make a big difference to patients just like me, but also all the staff there.”

Scott is currently undergoing 12 months of chemotherapy through the Andrew Love Cancer Centre and has regular meetings and appointments with support staff clinicians, including Professor David Ashley.

“My focus right now is on my health for the sake of my family, and I'm confident I can keep fighting this, and I'm hopeful that one day we can live in a cancer-free world,” he said


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