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We hope you will join us in going dry this July to help us to continue to provide the best possible care to our cancer patients at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne prides itself in providing the very best care and treatment to patients from all walks of life, especially those who are vulnerable and isolated. We treat more than 57,000 patients a year in our world class Cancer Centre. Our Cancer Centre staff are dedicated and passionate which is evident in their everyday medical practices and care. Fundraising through Dry July assists staff in making this happen. That’s why we need your support! The Cancer Centre Chemotherapy Day Unit provides specialised treatment for up to 28 patients a day, both from the metropolitan and rural areas of Victoria. The 6th floor Oncology Ward looks after inpatients that need further additional care and cancer treatment. We’d love to reach our fundraising target of $50,000 this year so we can provide and update vital & essential equipment and supplies to our cancer patients.

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St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne benefits from Dry July 2019 fundraising

Thank you for taking part in Dry July 2019 and supporting St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Funds raised through Dry July will enable items from a long list to be purchased for St Vincent’s Hospital patients in the hope of making their time spent at the hospital more comfortable.

• Christmas decorations for Cancer Centre, 6th Floor Oncology - hire and installation of professional Christmas Decorations

• Daily Newspapers for waiting areas

• Fresh Flowers weekly in waiting areas

• Android & Apple device chargers - purchase of chargers as patients often forget to bring their own

• Special treat for the patients: Tim Tams, Carman's Muesli Bars, No Sugar Soft Drink, Luxury Tea Bags

• Exercise Equipment - purchase of hand weights, exercise mats and stretch bands

• Basic over-ear headphones - for patients in multi-bed rooms

• Reusable waterproof covers for PICCs - More comfortable than waterproof taping

• Eyemasks and earplugs to block out surrounding ward noise and light, and enable rest during treatment

• Aromatherapy Oils and Diffusers to provide a more calming and relaxing atmosphere

• New artwork for Ward 6 West

• Kids toys for 6 west 'common room' to entertain children and enable adults to catch up

• Art Supplies for the patient art room for Art Therapy

• New faux plants for sunroom & common rooms on the 6th floor

• Document Holders at each patient’s bedside in the cancer centre, to reduce loose paper and give patients somewhere to store relevant pamphlets and information

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:

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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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.”  

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

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