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!

Latest Updates

Funded projects update

• Treatment Chairs for the Chemotherapy Suits – These have arrived in the Day Treatment Unit and have increased the comfort and safety for patients. We hope to be able to apply for more funding for chairs in the future!

• Cansupport’s Wig Library – We have been able to increase the range of wigs that we have available for patients who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment. The service is very popular and relies on Dry July funding to continue. We want to give women and men choice and ultimately confidence.

• Relaxation and Meditation Program - We have been able to expand this program thanks to Dry July to offer another weekly class solely for people with Cancer and their carers.

• Blanket Warmer – We have recently received the Blanket Warmer that Dry July has funded. This is being used in the Day Treatment Unit and will help keep patients comfortable and warm during their chemotherapy treatment.

Making a Difference at Northern Sydney Cancer Centre

The funds raised through Dry July 2016 for Royal North Shore Hospital will go towards a number of projects and programs to support cancer patients, including:

- CanSupport Program
- Production of a DVD for patients newly diagnosed with head & neck cancer
- Blanket Warmer
- Patient Information Booklets
- Wall Art for Treatment Suite 1 (Brachytherapy Suite)

The CanSupport Program funding will cover:

- Charge Bar for patients mobile phones and tables
- Turban Project (to provide patients with access to turbans and headwear)
- Creative Writing Course
- One-stop shop education program
- NSCC Orientation Program resource pack for 1000 patients
- Carers Pamper & Info Pack
- Wall Mural for Wig Library
- Flowers for waiting areas

Superhero Friday at Moody Chef cafe

On Friday 15 July, staff at the Moody Chef donned superhero costumes to raise awareness for and encourage people to participate in Dry July in support of the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital.

In addition, throughout the month of July:

- Moody Chef will place a DJ Sticker on coffee cups/lids to promote awareness and registration

- Decorate their outlets with DJ posters, bunting etc

- Take up a Coin Collection at the main payment counters for both outlets for 2 weeks (staff will donate their tips)

Wig Library

Royal North Shore Hospital uses Dry July funding towards replenishing it's free Wig Library. The Wig Library is situated within the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre as part of the Cansupport Program. Patients are provided with a personalised wig fitting either by dropping in or by appointment.  

The service is an important part of the support program provided by Cansupport and assists patients in managing hair loss associated with treatment. The service is mainly used by women; however, there is increasing demand from men.  

Cansupport staff and volunteers provide the service which includes education on wearing the wig, care of it as well as emotional support. A range of turbans and other headwear is available also. These are kindly donated by local groups for women to take home. 

- The Wig Library has on average 78 wigs on loan at any one time.

- The average period of use is 7 months

- The Library currently stocks 250 wigs.

- All borrowers are provided with a wig care kit which includes a wig stand, shampoo and revitalising mist, a wire brush and care instructions. Gorgeous handmade fabric bags are kindly produced and donated by the Northbridge Quilters for borrowers to take their care kit home in.

- Upon return of the wig, each one is professionally cleaned before being returned to the Library ready for use.

- All new outpatients commencing chemotherapy are provided with an education session and tour of the centre which includes a visit to the Wig Library and education from a Cansupport volunteer about the service.

View a video about the service here:

Cansupport Library

Dry July funds have been used to develop a Library as part of our Resource Centre which includes fiction and non-fiction titles for use either whilst visitors are attending the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre (NSCC) or to take home to borrow.  

Topics include resources for children when a loved one has cancer; wellness; survivorship; peer experience; caring for someone with cancer; specific topics for men and women; as well as grief and loss. 

The Library is part of the Resource Centre within the NSCC. The most requested topic currently is resources to support children.  

The Cansupport team manages the Library and regularly updates the stock. Despite the ever increasing presence of portable technology and access to the internet, the Library is well used by a range of patients, family, friends and carers of all ages.