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St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne

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We hope you will join us in going Dry this July and help us to continue to provide the best possible care to our Cancer patients at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

If you would like to join the St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne TEAM, please sign up to Dry July by using the link on the left and then then head to https://www.dryjuly.com/teams/st-vincent-s-hospital-melbourne-2. Thank you!

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:

• Additional scalp cooling cap machines. Due to the success we have had with our first cooling cap machine, it’s now in high demand. We would like to be able to offer this hair saving treatment to more of our patients = $40,000
• “Fresenius Medical Care” Treatment Chairs - which will maximise comfort during long treatments = $6,260 each
• The Connex Spot Monitor (blood pressure machine) which accurately monitors vital measurements including blood pressure averaging, spot checking, interval monitoring and custom scoring for patients = $5,000 each
• Re-useable waterproof covers for PICC’s 50 @ $39.90 = $2000
• Basic over ear headphones for the patient TV’s x 100 @ $5.95 = $595
• Moo goo oncology packs 20 @ $17.50 = $350
• Some fake plants to jazz up the sun room/patient lounge area = $250
• Some exercise equipment eg. Light hand weights, resistance bands, some good quality exercise mats (that can be wiped down as per infection control) = $150
• 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.

Latest Updates

Chemotherapy Day Unit Staff are going Dry this July - are you?

Currently lead by Nurse Unit Manager Jess Watmore-Tanner, this dedicated and devoted team are from the Chemotherapy Day Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. Each day, these inspiring staff witness firsthand the benefits of funds raised during Dry July. Patients who undergo treatment for Cancer at St Vincent’s Hospital need your support again this year so please donate to the team via this link: https://www.dryjuly.com/teams/st-vincent-s-hospital-melbourne-2

Also, a massive thanks to Jess and her team from the Cancer Centre, for all their incredible work caring for Cancer patients and their loved ones who are treated at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. 


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Join the St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne team!

If you would like to join the St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne TEAM, head to OUR TEAM PAGE:

https://www.dryjuly.com/teams/st-vincent-s-hospital-melbourne-2

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Project update - Scalp Cooling Caps - patient, Rebecca McConkey, tells her story

Rebecca McConkey is a breast cancer survivor. Her strength and courage radiates when you speak to her. She beat cancer.  

Like thousands of other Victorians, Rebecca has committed to Dry July 2019 – she is driven to fundraise for St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne’s Cancer Centre where she spent many hours throughout her treatment. 

Rebecca’s Cancer Journey 

Rebecca was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in 2018 and had to undergo a lumpectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy at St Vincent’s Hospital.

After discovering the lump, she went to her GP who organised for her to have a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy at St Vincent’s. When Rebecca had the surgery, the medical team discovered her cancer was a bit more aggressive than they first thought. So, it was suggested she do a short course of chemo - which is four rounds across 12 weeks - to mitigate any risk. 

When Rebecca meets new people, one of their first impressions is her positivity. She was thankfully able to harness this trait to remain upbeat during the whole process. She did say having the love and support of her wonderful husband, Jochen and her two kids, Heide (7) and Amos (10) helped her to cope.  

Rebecca is fortunate to work quite close to St Vincent’s. She did impress staff by riding her bike to the hospital to get her treatment.  

When asked about her experience at St Vincent’s Cancer Centre Rebecca said, “The team at St Vincent’s were really great, so caring and helpful.” 

Scalp Cooling Caps 

During her treatment at St Vincent’s, Rebecca was offered the opportunity to utilise the Scalp Cooling Cap program, to help reduce her hair loss.

At first she was a bit unsure about the cap. She thought it would be uncomfortable, and she was right, it was quite heavy and incredibly cold. Rebecca described it as a similar sensation to when you jump into freezing water. “At first it’s a bit of a shock to the system but then the body adjusts and you become quite numb.” 

As a result of using the cap, Rebecca’s hair only fell out in patches. “I didn’t need to shave it all off and it’s grown back really quickly and evenly. My friends and family have all commented about my hair and my hairdresser thinks it’s actually thicker than before.” 

“It’s helped me from a mental perspective to move ahead and start to feel normal,” Rebecca said.  

The money raised by the St Vincent’s Dry July team in 2018 enabled an additional six Scalp Cooling Caps to be purchased.  

The Future 

Post treatment, thankfully Rebecca is now feeling really good. “Physically I feel ‘normal’, in fact my treatment feels like it was years ago.”

All her follow up tests have been really positive. Rebecca will need to continue to take one of the drugs forever, otherwise there is no long term treatment plan.  

Rebecca is looking forward to participating in Dry July this year for the first time. “It’s an opportunity for me to give back to the amazing team at St Vincent’s Hospital who offered me such wonderful help and support throughout my journey as a patient.”  


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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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