Northern Sydney Cancer & Palliative Care Network (based at Royal North Shore Hospital)

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Help us support our patients and their loved ones by signing up for Dry July in 2019!

By choosing the Northern Sydney Cancer & Palliative Care Network (which covers Royal North Shore, Hornsby, Ryde and Mona Vale Hospitals) as your beneficiary, you’ll be supporting people with cancer who visit our centre for treatment from across NSW.

In 2019, the Northern Sydney Cancer & Palliative Care Network hopes to continue its “Patient Wellbeing Program” which supports patients and their loved ones affected by cancer across the Northern Sydney region. This essential program supports wellbeing before, during and after cancer treatment.

The program includes:
• Help to manage the side effects of cancer treatment, such as hair loss, through our Wig Library;
• Quick access to financial assistance to help with the costs of treatment;
• Relaxation and meditation classes;
• Supportive care with the treating team that they know and trust.

Your generosity will help ensure our patients have ongoing access to quality local support. We treat people from all over NSW and rely solely on donations to provide these important programs.

We need your help to keep them going so please sign up for Dry July in 2019 and choose Northern Sydney Cancer & Palliative Care Network as your beneficiary!

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Dry July Foundation funds the continuation of CanSupport program for Northern Sydney cancer patients

Thanks to funds raised in 2019, the Dry July Foundation is able to fund the CanSupport “Patient Wellbeing Program” at the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre (NSCC).

The NSCC looks after patients from across the Northern Sydney Local Health District including patients from Royal North Shore, Hornsby, Ryde and Mona Vale Hospitals.

This program provides crucial services and support to patients and carers receiving cancer care and includes activities such as:

The Wig Library – provides patients with high quality and well-maintained wigs that assists with the challenges of hair loss during cancer treatments.

Financial Assistance and Accommodation Support – supports families who need to travel from outside of Sydney to receive cancer treatments and care at NSCC

Relaxation and Meditation Program – provides well-being and relaxation activities for patients with cancer and their carers

Support Group Educational Resources – provides funding for the creation and printing of education resources for the numerous patient education programs and support groups held within NSCC

Funding raised through Dry July provides a new look for cancer patients in the Northern Sydney area

The Wig Library at the Northern Sydney continues to be able to support women and men receiving cancer treatment in the Northern Sydney region thanks to the support of Dry July and the incredible participants who support us each year!

This invaluable support means that we can provide a high quality, free service for patients experiencing hair loss.

In 2018 we had 169 new patients use our service in addition to those wigs already on loan.

When you choose Northern Sydney Cancer & Palliative Care Network as your beneficiary this Dry July, your help will ensure that our patients experiencing hair loss can regain some confidence and feel more normal during a very challenging time in their lives.

Thank you for supporting us.

Royal North Shore Hospital receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're proud to announce that Royal North Shore Hospital has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program.

The grant will go towards the following: 

• Continuation of Relaxation and Meditation Program, where participants are taught essential relaxation and meditation skills to support them through their cancer journey

• New Chemotherapy chairs in the Chemotherapy Day Treatment Unit, to increase patient comfort and safety during treatment

Dry July participants support continuation of on-going wellness and wig programs

The Relaxation and Meditation Program has been able to continue in 2017-2018 thanks to the funds raised by our supporters. The program specifically caters for people with cancer and their carers. We rely solely on Dry July Funds to run

this program, which is held in Chatswood at the Dougherty Community Centre once a week. The program supports participants to cope better with the impact of cancer and ultimately aims to improve their wellbeing during and after cancer treatment.

The funds raised have also continued to support the Wig Library at the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre. Due to the generosity of Dry July and our supporters, the funds have allowed us to purchase additional wigs and stock wig care kits for patients being treated in the Northern Sydney region. The service is open to patients from both public and private hospital in the area and is a free service. We now stock over 400 wigs from high quality brands, giving people with cancer access to a

service that they would otherwise have to pay hundreds of dollars for. The service therefore gives patients choice and reduces some of the stress of managing hair loss from cancer treatment.

Bruce's feedack

Dry July helped Royal North Shore Hospital purchase 7 new treatment chairs for the day unit.

The patients who receive their treatment in these chairs regularly tell the Nursing staff how much more comfortable they are when they have to sit in them for hours on end. The Nurses also report that the chairs have improved patient safety and allow them to administer treatment more easily.

"These chairs are heaven compared to the old ones. They've made a long day of treatment much more comfortable and they're so much easier to get on and off as well. The nurses love them as it is easier and safer for them to treat us.

Bruce 79 years