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St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne is proud to provide world-class cancer care.

Our Chemotherapy Day Unit (CDU) provides compassionate nursing care to patient’s receiving cancer treatment. The CDU provides approximately 7000 treatments each year to both metropolitan and rural patients, with a focus on clinical trials.

The 6th floor cancer ward has 20 beds and provides care for patients with higher needs.

Fundraising through Dry July assists us to purchase essential items for the Cancer Centre and for our patients. St Vincent’s patient Nick says, “The hospital is home for a lot of people – you’ve got to make it as homely as possible for them.”

That’s why we need your support!

St Vincent’s patient Kellie says she thinks Dry July is a terrific way to support people going through cancer. “Your mental and physical health is a gift. By taking part or donating, you are doing something so wonderful for people who are so grateful.”

This year, we are aiming to raise $65,000. These funds will go towards purchasing patient comfort items, upgrading new equipment and a much-needed refurbishment of the oncology waiting room which will create a more comfortable and welcoming area for patients and their loved ones.

Please support patients like Kellie and Nick who are being treated for cancer at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

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St Vincent’s ED team go dry for July

Members of the St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Emergency Department (ED) team have opted to ‘go dry’ throughout July to support patients being treated for cancer at St Vincent’s.

Team leader, Stephanie Beckman, said various members of the ED team have participated in Dry July over the last few years. “I’m a part of the Staff Wellbeing Group and Dry July has been a terrific campaign for us to get involved with, not only from a health perspective but because it’s for such a good cause.”

Steph has been a nurse at St Vincent’s for five years. She says the ED team are the best group she’s ever worked with because they’re collaborative. “The nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists, ward clerks and the alert team all work as one, big, collaborate unit.”

Steph said one of the benefits she’s experienced from participating in Dry July previously has been enjoying many restful sleeps and getting full use of her weekends.

“Cancer is such an awful thing to go through. Anything we can do that helps our cancer patients to be slightly more comfortable during their time in hospital is a small way we can support them,” Steph said.

The team set themselves a $1,000 target, but they smashed it on day one. Their new target is $2,000.

To support the team head to: https://www.dryjuly.com/teams/st-vincent-s-hospital-melbourne-emergency-department


Kellie has a message for you...

Kellie Devlin has multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer. She has a special message she wanted to share about the difference Dry July makes to support patients being treated for cancer at St Vincent’s. See Kellie's message here

Go Dry This July to support people like Nicholas being treated for Cancer at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne!

Nick Capper's life was irreversibly changed due to testicular cancer. Since being diagnosed four months ago he has had treatment at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

Nick has a special message he wanted us to share with you, watch it here: https://www.stvfoundation.org.au/events/dry-july-2022

Kellie's Story

How a clinical trial gave Kellie her life back

As a theatre nurse, Lara resident, Kellie Devlin has cared for hundreds of sick people throughout her career, but she never imagined she would become one of them.

Kellie recalls a dark day in November 2017 which marked the beginning of her journey. She was enjoying her morning coffee, standing in the kitchen watching the news when all of a sudden, she said it felt like she’d been shot in the leg. “I felt an intense pain in my leg, then I lost all feeling and fell to the ground. I thought I was having a stroke!”

She called out to her then nine-year-old daughter, Daisy, who was still sleeping to call her husband who had already left for work, and an ambulance.

“By the time I arrived at the hospital, I was limping but the pain had eased significantly. I assumed it was probably a bulging disk or ‘nurses back’. A routine x-ray showed a lesion in my femur.”

Further tests uncovered a far more sinister reason for Kellie’s leg pain…she had multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.

Kellie was just two weeks from heading to Europe for a family holiday. Instead, her life became a grueling blur of operations, stem cell transplants, and chemotherapy.

“I had a nail and crossbolts put in my femur to stabilise it in Dec 2017, followed by 4 rounds of 4 weeks of chemo, then my first Stem Cell Transplant in May 2018.

These treatments eventually resulted in a period of remission. Kellie returned to work in October 2018 and life returned to normal until she relapsed in 2020. The next 12 months were harrowing. A round of chemotherapy made her so ill she ended up in coronary care.

“My collar bone broke for the first time. I had radiotherapy on it and also on two pelvic lesions. This was followed by more chemo and a second transplant on my birthday. A micro- perforation in the bowel happened during those following months. I spent a lot of the time in and out of the hospital, which also included Christmas, a new low point.”

After a brief period of remission, Kellie’s numbers started to climb again in July 2021. It was around this time she was offered the opportunity to become a part of a clinical trial at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

Kellie recalls the first time she spoke to St Vincent’s Haematologist, Hang Quach. “When I met Hang, I was an absolute mess. In the space of a month, the Myeloma had caused two ribs to fracture, my collar bone to fracture for a second time and my jaw had also fractured.

“Hang seemed so amazing and she was so positive. After qualifying for the trial, I spent 19 days at St Vincent’s because I was still so unwell. All the staff are just fantastic. I’m now in remission again and I feel great.

“Hang has given me quality of life. If the drugs are making me sick, she tweaks them. I’m so grateful to Hang and her team, I really feel it’s thanks to them that I’m alive.”

Kellie’s current clinical trial is scheduled to last for five years. She attends the Day Oncology every Thursday for treatment.

“Daisy who is now 13, has asked me if I will die. It’s a conversation I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. All I can do is remind her for us to focus on life. I just feel so lucky to have a wonderful husband and daughter to support me.

“I want to see my little girl grow up. Thanks to Hang and her team I now have hope. I’ve been given a gift – to love life.”

Kellie says she thinks Dry July is a terrific way to support people going through cancer. “Your mental and physical health is a gift. By taking part or donating, you would be doing something so wonderful for people who are so grateful.”

This year, we are aiming to raise $65,000. These funds will go towards purchasing patient comfort items, upgrading new equipment and a much-needed refurbishment of the oncology waiting room which will create a more comfortable and welcoming area for patients and their loved ones.

Go dry This July to support patients like Kellie being treated for Cancer at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Sign up today! 

Nick's Story

Laughter really is the best medicine

Nicholas Capper likes to look on the bright side. As a comedian, he naturally skews towards the hilarious and sometimes absurd aspects of life. But his positivity was shaken in 2019 when he thrown a major curveball in the form of testicular cancer.

Nick recalls, “It was during lockdown and I was riding my mountain bike a lot. I felt some pain in my testicles, but I just thought it was from the bike riding.”

A friend had recently gone through testicular cancer so Nick thought it was best to visit his doctor, just in case. At 39, his doctor said it was unlikely there was an issue, but sent him for a scan, to be sure.

The scan confirmed Nick’s worst fears. Almost immediately he had his testicle removed at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and got the all clear in December. Then in February he started to feel pain above the scar. “It was a really weird feeling, it almost felt like my testicle was growing back.”

Tests showed the cancer had returned. After getting the all-clear, Nick said this news was tough to take. “It was pretty brutal to hear, I found it pretty hard to keep it together. I thought maybe I’d die, I had no idea what the future held for me, it was really harrowing.”

After meeting with his St Vincent’s Oncology Advance Trainee, Jane Mackenzie, Nick’s mind was put to rest. “Jane told me exactly what I was going to go through. She assured me I was going to be fine. It had spread to my lungs and stomach areas, but she said I was lucky because I had felt pain and they were able to catch it early.”

Nick now undergoes chemotherapy treatment at St Vincent’s four hours, five times a week, with a week off. He says it’s become his second home. “The staff are the nicest people. My doctor has been awesome. Everybody is so good at communicating and keeping me informed.”

Engaged to be married, Nick does have concerns the cancer might affect his chances of having kids but he did have some of his sperm frozen just in case.

Nick says although it has been challenging for his partner, “Caitlin’s dad had just gone through prostate cancer before my diagnosis, but it has brought us closer together.

“There’s a lot of downsides to getting cancer but there are a few upsides. I’ve heard from people I haven’t heard from for a while – you do see the best in humanity.”

Comedians are often known for sharing very personal details and turning a painful experience into laugher, which is why Nick created a comedy show about his experience saying, "last year I got cancer and lost a testicle. Here's a comedy show about that!”

When asked people should take part in Dry July, Nick says, “The hospital is home for a lot of people – you’ve got to make it as homely as possible for them. Plus, you’re not only helping your health and you’re also helping someone else’s.”

This year, we are aiming to raise $65,000. These funds will go towards purchasing patient comfort items, upgrading new equipment and a much-needed refurbishment of the oncology waiting room which will create a more comfortable and welcoming area for patients and their loved ones.

Go Dry This July to support patients like Nicholas being treated for Cancer at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Sign up today

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