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St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne

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St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne provides the very best in patient care to people from all walks of life, especially those in need. St Vincent’s is known as the people’s hospital, treating more than 57,000 patients a year. This year we are celebrating saving lives for 125 years.

Our Cancer Centre team make it their mission to provide the very best patient care to all of their patients. The Cancer Centre Chemotherapy Day Unit provides specialised treatment to 28 patients a day, both from the metropolitan and rural Victoria and the 6th floor look after inpatients that need further care and cancer treatment.

This year the hospital is celebrating its 125th birthday and we have set an ambitious fundraising target of $50,000 to supply vital equipment and supplies to our cancer patients. Below are the items on our wish list, we would like to provide:

• Patients with state of the art treatment chairs, which will maximise comfort during long treatments.
• Additional scalp cooling cap machines. Due to the success we have had with our first cooling cap, it’s now in high demand. We would like to be able to offer this hair saving treatment to more of our patients.
• A blood pressure monitor machine called the Connex Spot Monitor which checks accurate vital signs including blood pressure averaging, spot checking, interval monitoring and custom scoring for patients.
• Refurbishment of the patient resource area which is crucial in providing patients with a relaxing area to access user friendly information about their treatment, especially at times during high stress and anxiety.
• Small comfort items to help with patient wellbeing during their treatment. This is provides patents with access to newspapers, tea bags, biscuits and flowers to help them and their family feel relaxed and comfortable during their treatment at the Centre.

We hope you will join us in going Dry this July and help us to continue to provide the best possible care to our patients.

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St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're proud to announce that St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program.

The grant will go towards the following: 

• Additional scalp cooling caps for use with the Scalp Cooling Machine, which decreases the scalp temperature and blood flow to hair follicles, the cooling caps alleviate the damage of chemotherapy

Dry July funds used for the little things that make a difference!

Here are some of the items provided by Dry July funding so appreciated by our patients:

  - Tim Tams are offered to patients and their families whilst undergoing treatment. Approved by our Dietician!We also offer varietal teas, herbal, relaxing and for general enjoyment.

- Fresh flowers and  Daily newspapers is welcoming for patients and their family members whilst attending the Cancer Centre.

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First patient to be given the gift of saving their hair

Thanks to funds raised by last year's Dry July participants, St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne have purchased one of the first scalp cooling caps available to public patients in Victoria.

The cap reduces the risk of hair loss during chemotherapy by decreasing scalp temperature and blood flow to hair follicles.

Afaf Shenouda couldn’t believe her luck when she was told she would be the first patient to be treated with a scalp cooling cap during her chemotherapy treatment at St Vincent’s.

‘How lucky am I to receive this treatment?’ Afaf says. ‘I’m so grateful to the donors who have given me the opportunity to keep my hair.’ 

‘It feels and sounds like rain, like it’s hailing on my head,’ Afaf explains, when the cap was first turned on. Afaf was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer last December and is receiving chemotherapy at the St Vincent’s Cancer Centre.

‘It all happened very suddenly. I am a very healthy mother of four and I just turned 60 last November. I discovered the lump by chance when I felt a hard lump underneath my breast, which was quite hidden. I was reluctant to tell my doctors as I was scared of what the answer may be.’

Before Afaf knew that the scalp cooling cap was available she cut off 30cms of her beautiful hair to prepare herself for losing it during treatment. ‘My hair was my signature. My whole life I had very long hair and people would always stop me and comment how beautiful it was. It means a lot to me to have my hair and I have now been given the opportunity to save my hair.’ 

This new piece of equipment will significantly transform the lives of people like Afaf by improving their self-confidence and identity during this difficult time.

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Making a real difference to the lives of cancer patients

This July, a dedicated group of fundraisers supported St Vincent's Hospital Cancer Centre through the Dry July campaign. This committed bunch raised a staggering $41,000 which will enable St Vincent’s Hospital to purchase a scalp cooling cap for patient’s going through chemotherapy.

The scalp cooling cap reduces the risk of hair loss during chemotherapy. By decreasing the scalp temperature and blood flow to hair follicles, the cooling caps alleviate the damage of chemotherapy.

This new piece of equipment will significantly transform people’s lives living with cancer by improving their self-confidence and dignity during this difficult time.

Along with the scalp cooling cap, Dry July donations will also be used to purchase patient comforts such as warm blankets, hot beverages and massage chairs to make a positive difference by providing an environment that is welcoming, supportive and comforting. 

Thank you to our generous donors who helped St Vincent’s Hospital achieve this significant outcome, ultimately helping to provide the highest quality in patient health care and medical equipment.

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Congratulations Vera na Ranong on your Dry July

Vera na Ranong was a patient at St Vincent’s Hospital and knows all too well about the importance of home comforts during treatment. After successfully completing her treatment, Vera was determined to raise funds for the St Vincent’s Cancer Centre and signed up to Dry July. “The experience of cancer is different for everyone, but for me, your support network helps you get through and provides reason to get better. The funding from Dry July helped provide the little things that are not directly required to ‘get better’ from cancer, but made a world of difference to mental health and stress levels.”

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