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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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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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2016 Patient Ambassador: Rochelle Gengaroli

My story began on the 7th of September 2015, when I was admitted to The Alfred, Ward 7East Haematology Oncology to begin chemotherapy for an unusual presentation of AML (Acute Myeloid Leukaemia). At 22, this diagnosis felt surreal, despite feeling quiet fatigued, I felt I was too young and healthy to have a ‘cancer’ diagnosis. That’s the thing though, isn’t it? Cancer does not discriminate.

I had a stereotyped image in my mind about how a person who has cancer should look and feel. After being admitted as an in-patient, I very quickly learned that this image was somewhat wrong. Yes, there were people who were very sick, but there were also people who despite their diagnosis remained strong and optimistic.  

Shortly after I was admitted, I was introduced by my nurse to Skye (18) also an AML patient. Skye is bright, bubbly and oozes positivity. She almost instantly calmed my apprehension and fear of the unknown. Being able to speak with a like-minded patient of similar age really helped me. We both spent over 3 months as in-patients on the ward over a 6 month period of treatment.

We decorated our room with photos, cards and feel-good quotes stuck to the walls, with perfumed reeds, dreamcatchers and elephants with their trunks up for good luck. Pillows and colourful blankets brightened the room, as did the fake flowers (As real flowers are a health risk to immune compromised patients). As you could imagine, we created a positive atmosphere which really helped us get through our treatment.  

Despite being confined to the oncology ward, we managed to make the best of a difficult situation. I particularly remember Halloween, when we put makeup on our faces, complete with black eyes and Frankenstein stitches. We draped ourselves in sheets and dragged our IV poles behind us, spooking the nursing staff around the ward. The best part was the unplanned scare our night nurse got when he came on duty later that night and checked on us asleep in our makeup!  

The nurses, dietitians, occupational therapists, social workers, orderlies, pastoral care workers, general hospital staff and of course the doctors themselves were absolutely brilliant. I was treated with respect and dignity, and I always felt I was in safe hands.  

The positive attitudes, professionalism, support and quality of care given to me are qualities to which I aspire in my future profession as a registered nurse. I feel inspired, and feel the nursing staff set an excellent example of the attributes a great nurse should have. 

So please get behind The Alfred hospital’s ‘Dry July’ appeal and help the hospital make spaces a little brighter and more comfortable for those undergoing cancer treatments and their families.  

Rochelle Gengaroli (Former patient, 5 months remission).

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