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The Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre is located in Nowra, NSW.

Our teams provide treatment and support services to patients living on the South Coast, NSW.

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Check out how Dry July funds are supporting the patients of Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre!

Through Dry July funds, Illawarra Cancer Care Centre has purchased equipment upgrades and comfort and support items.

Patient Weigh Chair:

Sometimes attempting to stand on scales is challenging for our patients, they aren’t strong enough, have poor mobility or have difficulty balancing. Our staff in Haematology Oncology Day Care flagged how much the addition of a patient weigh chair would assist patients and improve both staff and patient safety. The chair allows our patients to be accurately weighed (an important step in their treatment regime) without anxiety or stress in having to stand and balance on ordinary scales.

RT Artwork:

How relaxing does this artwork make you feel? Custom made for our space, this beautiful piece portrays the beauty of our local area. It has been hung in the Radiation Therapy treatment area, creating a sense of calm as our patients approach the treatment space, which can often be a highly anxious experience. The Dry July Foundation committed to approving this funding application with this support our overall vision of making our spaces ‘less clinical’ for patients continues.

Fill that bladder:

Drinking the correct amount of water, within the correct amount of time, prior to important scans and treatments is a task anyone finds difficult. Magnets designed by our team, paired with drink bottles are great tools to assist our patients with this task. Thanks to the Dry July Foundation our Radiation Therapy patients get to take home a magnet and drink bottle which assists in adequately preparing them and reminding them about what needs to be done before their appointment.

Thank you, Dry July Foundation and Dry Julyers for supporting the patients of Illawarra Cancer Care Centre! 

Dry Julyers help fund Lymphscanners for Shoalhaven Hospital

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition for which there is no cure and for which there are no pharmacological treatment agents available. Once established lymphoedema often negatively affects a person’s quality of life, physical function, body image and puts them at high risk of developing serious medical issues such as cellulitis infections.

 Breast Lymphoedema is becoming an issue for cancer survivors. It has been found that 24.8% of patients undergoing breast conserving surgery and radiation develop breast edema in the first 18 months post breast cancer diagnosis. Research also finds that breast edema is correlated with breast pain, reduced quality of life, reduced physical function, poor body image and can impact negatively on sexuality.

Head and Neck Lymphoedema (both internal and external) post cancer treatment can affect 35-50% of survivors. Head and neck lymphoedema has a serious impact on quality of life due to its impact on swallowing and the changes to a person’s appearance. Swallowing difficulties can lead to weight loss, facial disfigurement, reduced neck ROM and changes in vocal quality.

The Dry July Foundation funded purchase of 2 lymphscanners (1 located at Wollongong Hospital the other at Shoalhaven Hospital) has provided our therapists with an objective way to measure tissue fluid levels in soft tissue areas throughout the body. This has been particularly important for head/neck and breast lymphoedema in which assessment was previously reliant solely on the therapist’s palpation skills and the person’s subjective symptoms. The purchase of the scanners has also enabled:

A standardized approach between therapists to objectively measure breast and head/neck lymphoedema.

Guides the therapist’s manual lymphatic drainage techniques.

Improved quality of life with improved management of lymphoedema with earlier detection in soft tissue regions.

Identifies areas of fluid congestion which is particularly helpful in the limbs.

Improved early identification of lymphoedema following breast Ca treatment for people with bilateral development risk.

So a big thank you to Dry July Foundation from the ISLHD Lymphoedema Physiotherapists (and from all our clients!)

You Dry July funds just keep on giving!

When we introduced Music in the Bunkers to our patients in 2017 we didn’t realise the impact it would have. Five years on patients continue to experience this form of music therapy while they undergo their radiation treatment.

Dry July initially funded the ipads and speakers allowing patients to select music they wished to listen to, so they felt in control, allowing them to remain calm and simply enjoy music at what can be a very stressful time.

Every year since 2017 Dry July has funded the annual subscription to our premium music provider. It’s a small cost but it continues to make a massive difference to patients and we will keep this going with the help of Dry July funding as it is such a worthwhile project.

Thank you Dry July!

Check out how your Dry July funds have made a difference for Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre

The nursing staff at our rural service in Milton on the South Coast, NSW reached out expressing a need to purchase a vein finder.

Milton does not have a vascular access Clinical Nurse Consultant and when patients with difficult veins present sometimes multiple attempts are required to locate a vein. It has been witnessed that this can cause anxiety among some patients and also treatment delays.

Providing this piece of equipment which accurately detects veins in patients will completely eliminate the need for multiple attempts.

Thank you Dry July for providing this equipment to our rural service! In doing so we have reports of a more efficient service and reduced anxiety amongst both staff and patients.

Your Dry July funds have provided Patient Achievement Packs for Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre

Completing treatment is a significant personal achievement in the lives of our patients. We wanted to acknowledge this milestone by gifting our patients an achievement pack in the hope it provides them with feelings of accomplishment and empowerment.

Items selected for the packs were carefully curated, which include self care products such as moisturiser, lip balm, sunscreen, hairbrush, plus a diary, throat drops, mindfulness activity book and more.

Two different packs were created and products are bundled together in beautiful handmade tote bags kindly donated by Kiama Boomerang Bags.

The reaction from patients on receiving the packs has been extraordinary. It comes as a surprise to them and they have found it so thoughtful!

Thank you Dry July for providing us the opportunity to create these packs for patients!! 

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