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Concord Cancer Centre

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Concord Cancer Centre provides first class cancer treatment and is a research leader in a number of cancer related areas, including: Haematology, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care, Gastro Intestinal Cancers, Breast Cancer, Genito Urinary Cancer, Lung Cancer, and Survivorship. Concord Cancer Centre is based at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, a major tertiary hospital in Sydney Local Health District.

Our vision is for a world class holistic centre providing the latest care based on sound research with access to a range of treatment options. Concord Hospital has been providing health care for over 70 years and remains at the forefront of innovation, research and treatment options. Concord Hospital is home to some of the best research facilities in NSW including the ANZAC Research Institute and the Asbestos Disease Research Institute. Clinicians and researchers work together to find better treatments to ensure that patients diagnosed with cancer achieve the best possible outcomes.

Hospitals and services in the Sydney Local Health District are networked to ensure all patients have access to the best available treatments. Together, with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at RPA, our patients have access to one of the largest concentrations of cancer expertise in our state.

At Concord Cancer Centre, care is managed in a collaborative model with a team of specialist doctors, nurses, and diagnostic and allied health staff to support patients before, during and after their discharge from hospital.

Dry July Funding for 2018

The Sydney Survivorship Centre as part of the Concord Cancer Centre was established in 2013. The Survivorship Centre is a place where cancer survivors have access to a dedicated team of multidisciplinary professionals to support their individual needs following a cancer diagnosis. The Sydney Survivorship Centre also provides educational resources, holds public forums and other events including wellness programs.

In 2018, it is envisaged that Dry July funds will be put towards ongoing Survivorship wellness programs; the development of a Survivorship ‘therapy garden’; and potentially minor structural works with the goal of expansion of the existing Survivorship Centre space.

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2018 Campaign funds to continue the Art and Music Therapy Program into 2019

Funds raised by supporters of the Concord Cancer Centre will be used to provide art and music therapy classes for survivorship patients, who attend the CRGH survivorship cottage.  

The music therapy program offers a range of musical experiences with the focus on listening to music, and creating music by singing and playing simple instruments. The music is generally improvised and involves playing simple rhythms and melodies in the way that offers a rich and fulfilling experience both for the individual and the group as a whole. To participate, no previous experience or music skills are necessary. The sessions provide a number of known benefits including;

- creative outlet for patients

- goal oriented focus

- social interaction

- improved symptom control

- enhanced mental wellbeing

Additional funds enabled the purchase of a roho pressure mattress that has been added to the palliative care equipment loan pool for the district, and recliner chairs for patients with pressure care and seating needs.

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Concord Cancer Centre - Weekly Dry July fundraiser BBQ

Throughout the month of July, Concord Cancer Centre held a Dry July fundraiser BBQ every Thursday at Concord Hospital’s ‘Market Day’. There was also a Concord Cancer Centre Dry July raffle, which included generous prizes donated by friends and supporters. Prizes included a signed and framed 2018 Wallabies Jersey; One month’s free F45 training (Ryde F45); and a case of Penfold’s wine (to be enjoyed post Dry July!).

In total the BBQ's raised over $1,600! Pictured are the team that made the BBQ's happen!


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Margo's Journey

Mother of three, Margo Tannous, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and after beating it once, was faced with the devastating news seven years later that the cancer had returned.

Margo is the beautiful face of this year’s Concord Cancer Centre Dry July campaign. Margo will be featuring on oOh media animated and static print at the 3 local shopping Centre’s to Concord Hospital: Burwood Plaza, Rhodes Shopping Centre, and Top Ryde Shopping Centre; between June 25th and July 8th 2018.

In Margo's own words, an account of her cancer journey is below:

My journey began in 2006 with breast cancer. It was just before my 33rd birthday when the devastating news that I had stage 2 breast cancer. It not only changed my life but also my family’s life as well. I am a wife and mother to 3 wonderful children who are now 17, 15 and 13. I am a sister to a brother and 4 sisters. I am a daughter to my parents. This was the first time cancer had invaded my family and God willing the last.

Fast forward to 2013 when more devastating news hit us again, my cancer was back and it had metastasised. I couldn't believe it. I thought I was done with this disease and then it invaded my life again after nearly 8 years. 

I think it was more devastating than the first diagnosis because this time, the cancer was in my bones. I know this is not curable but I intend to best this cancer with not only my faith but by also being positive. You can take a diagnosis in different ways but I have chosen to tackle it to the ground and keep it there. Cancer is not going to beat me, I'm going to beat it. 

I encourage everyone to get behind Dry July and support it. Every cent counts. Money raised will be put towards the cancer centre at Concord hospital.  

You can help patients like Margo by signing up and registering to raise funds for the Concord Cancer Centre at www.dryjuly.com/beneficiaries/concordcancercentre.


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‘Fast Ed’ Halmagyi visits Concord Cancer Centre

Concord Cancer Centre had a special visit this week from ‘Fast Ed’ Halmagyi, celebrity chef and star of Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens.

In his spare time, Ed is an ambassador and keen supporter of Dry July and raising funds to support those affected by cancer.

Ed spoke to patients and families about their cancer journey, candidly capturing their stories for a special series he will share throughout July.

Concord Cancer Centre has received more than $350,000 from the Dry July Foundation in the past five years, funding initiatives such as chemotherapy chairs, a dedicated music therapy program, survivorship wellness programs and waiting room improvements.

You can sign up to go Dry in July or make a donation to the Concord Cancer Centre here: https://www.dryjuly.com/

Be sure to follow Ed’s Dry July journal on Instagram @fastedmedia.

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Dry July Participants fund music therapy at Concord Hospital

The music therapy program has been running two afternoons per week at Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) in two wards: Concord Centre for Palliative Care (CCPC) and 5 East (5E) a mixed ward of Palliative, Haematology and Oncology. “It is an absolute pleasure to have Oliver as part of the multidisciplinary team within Cancer Services and Palliative Care. Oliver’s passion for music therapy is so inspiring; he absolutely loves what he does and this translates to the delivery of a high quality, individualised service

for his patients. The feedback about Oliver from both patients and staff has been extremely positive. On behalf of the patients and carers of the Concord Cancer Centre, a very special thank you to Nordoff Robbins and the Dry July Foundation for supporting Oliver’s professional music therapy services.”

Emma Kean, Cancer Systems Innovation Manager 


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