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Join us in the 2017 Dry July campaign in helping support people affected by cancer.Each year, The Alfred treats thousands of people living with cancer. Alfred Health’s cancer service includes 28 inpatient beds, 18 day procedure units, and a large radiotherapy and chemotherapy centre solely dedicated to treating adult cancer patients.
The Alfred’s cancer services allow for close clinical coordination with a range of cancer specialists, including surgeons, medical oncologists, haematologists, and nursing and allied health specialists.
Since our first Dry July we have seen some remarkable improvements in a number of the areas where our patients and their families spend a considerable amount of time. Thanks to the support generated by our wonderful DJs, we have been able to make these spaces a little brighter and more comfortable. Patients can now take time out in our relaxing garden, and they also have access to a functional and bright kitchen to make a cup of tea. We have started improvements on our waiting areas and are making significant improvements to specifically cater for our young adult patient cohort. All of these important enhancements would not have been possible without your generous abstinence.

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Thank you for all your support and participation in Dry July 2017

Congratulations on completing your challenge and thank you again for your magnanimous support of The Alfred this Dry July.

Year after year, we continue to be truly grateful for the amazing contribution the community has bestowed upon the hospital, and we would particularly like to thank each and every one of you for the specific role that you have played in helping ease the stresses and strains on those affected by cancer.

The Alfred looks after many thousands of people living with cancer every year, so we see first-hand the difficult fight that patients and their families face on a daily basis.

We also see the remarkable difference that small changes can make to a patients’ stay, particularly as they endure such a challenging time. And your Dry July efforts have helped make that battle a little easier for some, and for that we are so grateful.

Thanks to the support of Dry July and those of you who have participated, The Alfred has been able to make some really positive changes to improve a number of areas where our patients spend a great deal of time, including a tranquil garden for patients to relax in between treatments and a new kitchen for inpatients and their loved ones to be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of making themselves a cup of tea.

Our gratitude is also extended to everyone who sponsored a Dry July Supporter this year; your remarkable generosity should not go unremarked. On behalf of the staff and patients at The Alfred, thank you!

A/Prof Jeremy Millar (Director Radiation Oncology), Prof Harshal Nandurkar (Director Clinical Haematology) & Michelle Gold (Director of Palliative Care)


Jane's story

When I finished work for the week and travelled to Wangaratta for my friend's wedding, I thought I was going just for a cheeky long weekend. Instead I was leaving life as I knew it behind.

Following a night of trying to dance through severe back pain and an unofficial diagnosis of "Leukaemia or Lymphoma, we were not sure which one", I was officially diagnosed with a mix of Acute Myloid Leukaemia and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on March 7, 2016 at The Alfred hospital. At 25, Leukaemia diagnosis was not something I thought I was about to face and rudely interrupted some big plans I had for 2016.

For the next six months, I called the walls of 7 East at The Alfred home for more nights than my actual house, as I undertook a mix of chemotherapy, radiation and a Bone Marrow Transplant, thanks to an unrelated donor.

Although a very frightening time in my life, looking back at my time on 7 East makes me smile, as around my treatment I had some good times. The team who work on the ward are amazing people. As well as administering your medication, they were there to tuck you in, wake you up, entertain you when you couldn't sleep and comfort you when it all got too tough and all you could do was cry.

I was lucky enough to have my own room for the majority of my first stay, which lasted about a month. This was great as a procession of friends and family came in to visit, cheer me up and I think comfort themselves that deep down I was still me. I was also lucky enough to share a room with some amazing women, who ranged from 18, 35 and even 90, all of whom inspired me in different ways. The relationships with the younger two of these ladies have helped me navigate this part of my life a little easier.

When I was told about the plan to create Young Adult Areas with the funds raised this Dry July, I knew I wanted to help. Having been a young adult in the 7 East world, I think this area will be extremely important for those still to come. My hope is for them to create a space for the "younger" patients to be able to comfortably spend time with the friends from the outside that are supporting them through this journey, but also to help foster the new and incredibly important friendships they will make.

Currently, I am still receiving treatment. After a promising start post-transplant, my world was turned upside down in October when I relapsed. My treatment is different this time as the first patient on a world first trial, consisting of a mix of 14 injections to the stomach and tablets, all done as an outpatient. My trial is to last 24 cycles of 28 days and I am currently seven cycles in. Thankfully it is working and I am in remission again.


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Refurbishments at The Alfred

The Alfred has two priority projects that will benefit from Dry July funding this year:

- redevelopment of the Young Adults with Cancer area; and

- upgrading patient information and waiting areas in the Radiation Oncology area (lower ground floor).

The aim of both projects is to make these spaces more welcoming for cancer patients, their families and carers.

7 East Patient Kitchen at The Alfred

The patient kitchen in ward 7 East at The Alfred was recently renovated using funds from Dry July 2015.

The upgrade included installation of a duel water filter tap which provides filtered cold water and boiling water from a unit above the sink; adding more storage; building a shelf for the ice machine; including a shelf for the microwave to free up bench space; and fitting out an area for bin storage. Patients spend a lot of time on the ward and these simple upgrades to the kitchen area will make the space a little more welcoming and usable - now more than one person can use the kitchen at the same time!

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2016 Beneficiary Testimonial

Everyone at The Alfred continues to be amazed and very grateful at the support the community has shown us throughout Dry July. We would like to thank you for helping us to improve the facilities and surrounds in which our patients are treated. Your support assists people facing a very difficult journey and for that we are enormously appreciative.

The Alfred has been a beneficiary of Dry July for three years, because of you we have been able to make some amazing and positive changes to help improve the areas where our patients spend a great deal of time. The Alfred looks after many thousands of patients living with cancer and we see the difficult flight they are facing. The projects and support of Dry July has helped to make that battle a little better and for that we thank you.

Our gratitude is also extended to everyone who sponsored a family member, friend or colleague. Your contribution should not go unremarked. Your generosity is also welcomed by all of us and on behalf of the staff and patients at The Alfred, thank you!

A/Prof Jeremy Millar (Director Radiation Oncology) & Prof Harshal Nandurkar (Director Clinical Haematology)


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