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Mater Cancer Care Centre

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It’s a heartbreaking reality that one in two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime—meaning each day around 70 Queensland families are blindsided by an unimaginable cancer diagnoses.* Cancer has a signficant impact on our loved ones which is why Mater has been providing the community with leading cancer care services for more than 100 years. The dedicated and experienced team at Mater are committed to providing all patients, regardless if they are public or private, comprehensive and compassionate care that is personalised to meet their specific care and support needs, both in inpatient and outpatient settings. By offering a wide range of support services, Mater’s team of healthcare professionals ensure patients’ health and wellbeing is at the core of everything it does. By going dry this July, your support will assist Mater to improve the lives of cancer patients now and in the future. *www.cancerqld.org.au

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Oncology Patient Lounge refurbishment

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts and generosity of Dry July participants like you in 2018, Mater in Brisbane has been able to refurbish the oncology patient lounge on one of their wards.

Mater’s clinicians and nurses identified that patients and their families needed a quiet, private area, to spend time with their family and friends, while also being able to have difficult discussions regarding their cancer treatment and disease progression. With your generous help, the patient lounge has now been beautifully refurbished and is available for patients and their families to use. 

Natalie Lanyon, a Social Work Team Leader at Mater says “the refurbishment of the lounge has given our patients and their family and friends a comfortable space, offering some privacy and an area for them to be together in a non-medical space, during what is often a very difficult time in their lives. As a Dry July participant you have made this happen. Thank you so much.” 

For patients in the end stages of life, the oncology lounge is able to offer so much more than just a comfortable space; it’s a space where they can connect, laugh and reminisce with family and friends. Often patients have compromised immune systems and are unable to leave the ward areas in hospital. But thanks to people like you, they now have a space away from the clinical area to be with their loved ones. 

The lounge also provides an area for important discussions and supportive conversations with family members, who may be grieving the imminent loss of their loved one.  

Mater’s oncology ward is 28 bed ward, which cares for cancer patients year round; from symptom management to investigations into the progress of their disease and, sometimes, end of life care.  

Thanks to your enthusiasm, commitment and support of Dry July you have made such a lasting impact on cancer patients and their families. Thank you for making a real difference to their lives. 

Mater Cancer Care Centre receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're proud to announce that Mater Cancer Care Centre has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program.

The grant will go towards the following: 

• Nature scene wall wraps to enhance the surroundings of the cancer centre and help to lift the spirits of the patients

• Ward 10B Patient Lounge upgrades to give patients and their family members a private, non-clinical space


How you can help Mater patients - Sign up for Dry July

It is important that patients within a hospital environment have access to a space that is an escape, especially during the tough times of a cancer diagnoses and treatment. This year, funds from Dry July aim to help support the refurbishment of Mater Hospital Brisbane’s 10B lounge for those being treated for cancer.

The intention is to transform this space from a clinical area to a warm, inviting and tranquil space for patients during their treatment. These improvements will greatly benefit patients’ mental and emotional wellbeing during their long periods of stay in hospital. Not only is this space designed to benefit patients, it is also particularly important for their families, providing them a personal area to reflect and grieve during the difficult days. This area will be updatedto include plants—bringing the outdoors in—as well as equipped with artwork, a DVD player and PlayStation.

The overall aim of the project is to help reduce stress and anxiety for patients during one of the hardest times in their lives. Having a calm and tranquil environment during such a stressful period would be greatly appreciated by Mater patients. Help them by signing up today.


Scalp coolers purchased through Dry July

Mater Foundation has used Dry July funds to purchase 2 scalp cooling cap systems for Mater Cancer Care Centre Springfield.

Chemotherapy works by targeting all rapidly dividing cells in the body. Hair is the second fastest dividing cell in the body and this is the reason why many chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss. The hair follicles in the growth phase are attached resulting in hair loss approximately 2 weeks after commencement of chemotherapy treatment.

The damage that chemotherapy causes to the hair follicle can be alleviated by using scalp cooling. Scalp cooling works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy. This in turn reduces the blood flow to the hair follicles thus preventing or minimizing the damage, meaning that hair loss is not inevitable.

Purchasing two of the scalp cooling cap systems will mean that Mater Cancer Care Centre Springfield can provide this exceptional service for new patients diagnosed with cancer and starting their chemotherapy treatment.


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We say thank you !

Thanks to your support through Dry July’s generous donation, Mater has been able to provide the very best in comprehensive and integrated healthcare for people living with cancer.

In 2017, Mater urgently needed to replace a suite of pain management pumps that were reaching the end of their seven-year lifespan and were being retired. We have successfully done so, thanks to Dry July.

In September 2017 you provided Mater with $23,880 to purchase NIKI T34 Pain Pumps to provide readily available and effective pain management treatment for oncology and palliative care patients.

Thank you so much for your incredible support.

Pain pumps, or ambulatory syringe drivers, are simple to use and a reliable way for patients to control their own pain relief. As pain can be the most feared symptom at the end of life, managing pain effectively can help ease the distress for many people during their final life transition.

The NIKI Pain Pumps, which we purchased thanks to your generosity, also allow people to go home for their end of life care as they are portable and lightweight. Patients are not required to have regular, repeated injections in hospital because their medication is delivered from the pump via a needle, usually for 24 hours, and then absorbed by their body.

This technology also significantly reduces anxiety for patients' families. They know their loved one can return home without undue discomfort as they approach the end of their life.

To give you an idea of just how often such pumps are used, Mater undertook 3,376 palliative reviews in 2016 and pain pumps were used in most of these cases to ease distress and support dignity.

So thank you Dry July, for your generous support in funding this valuable equipment which provides dignity, pain relief and a last opportunity for comfort for many cancer patients at Mater.

Your generosity continues to make a huge difference to the lives of people with cancer, giving them the very best in comprehensive and integrated healthcare.

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