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Please help the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation raise vital funds to ensure that cancer patients across the Prince of Wales Hospital cancer services can continue to access the highest standard of care possible.

The Prince of Wales Hospital’s Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre (NCCC) provides an integrated, coordinated, patient-centred approach to the treatment and post-care of cancer patients.

The NCCC’s state of the art radiation therapy service provides specialised care for patients from all over NSW and interstate. The NCCC houses the biggest hereditary cancer unit in NSW and operates a youth cancer service.

The Cancer Survivorship Centre – adjacent to the NCCC - optimises the health and wellbeing of people living with and beyond cancer. The Centre provides survivors and their families with resources to better manage their treatment beyond acute diagnosis and care.

Many issues faced by cancer survivors go beyond physical health and include mental and emotional health, financial matters, as well as social and spiritual matters. Well-equipped and flexible spaces for support group activities are an important component of the Survivorship Centre.

Dry July funds are helping the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation to fund projects aimed at making our cancer patients more comfortable since 2008 and we are so grateful for this support.

Donations raised through Dry July have funded:
• the refurbishment of the Survivorship Centre Garden,
• 4 recliner chairs
• a painted mural to improve the surrounds to make the environment more aesthetic, safe, warm and comforting for the oncology patients accessing Nuclear Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital.
• a service for young adults who are experiencing fertility struggles after their cancer treatment and beyond

Please help us exceed this with YOUR support in 2022 so we can continue to provide the best care and after care to our patients.

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Martine's Story

Martine moved to Sydney in 2014 and in May 2021, her life change drastically for the worse. Martine and her fiancé, Sean were in Hamilton Island, celebrating what was supposed to be her second wedding date which was cancelled due to covid 19. At the young age of 29, Martine discovered two lumps in her breast. She was diagnosed with breast cancer upon her return to Sydney and felt like her world was falling apart. Incredibly lost without her family from Ireland, Martine and her fiancé Sean both were shocked but needed to prepare for what was ahead of them.

 “I wanted nothing more than to feel my parents’ arms around me and to hold me. I have never been as vulnerable and fragile in my life and telling my family I had cancer was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I immediately felt every mile that stood between us. I questioned my reasons for living in Australia but the care and treatment available here allowed me to make the easy decision to stay and be treated at Prince of Wales Hospital.”

Going from a healthy, fit, and active life to spending more time in hospital than at home, Martine can speak to the importance of a friendly and comfortable treatment environment made possible through Dry July funds.

“I feel like I have spent more time at the hospital over the last 10 months than I have in my own apartment. It makes such a difference when the hospital is bright, modern, and comfortable. The artwork on the walls is a great distraction when you are waiting for appointments and put you at ease. The chairs in the chemo ward are very comfortable and the tea/coffee facilities are well needed and used often.”

In addition to a comfortable environment Martine appreciates the compassionate Hospital staff becoming her second family during one of the most difficult times.

“The breast cancer nurses; Gill and Jenny have been absolutely outstanding. I would be very lost without their constant support, reassurance, and ability to be available to me for whenever I needed them.

Now focusing on the future, Martine – just like other young females undergoing cancer treatment - had to think about the impact of chemotherapy on her fertility.

“I have undergone fertility treatment to harvest my eggs prior to my chemotherapy so that I can hopefully have a family in the future so this topic is very close to my heart. Fertility services are extremely important to anyone that struggle to have a family however personally I feel like this service is essential for those who have also had to undergo cancer treatment. After the treatment, we seek to resume a normal life and fertility/reproduction is most effected due to the treatment. Allowing cancer survivors to continue life like they had intended is extremely important.

To address the unique challenges of fertility post cancer, funds raised through Dry July 2021 are used to provide reproductive survivorship care for adolescents and young adults, as well as adult cancer patients.


Dry July funds fertility-related psychosocial and psychosexual care for cancer patients

One in 10 adolescent cancer survivors are affected by medical and psychosocial reproductive concerns which evolve through the survivorship period. Infertility is one of the most distressing adverse consequences of successful cancer treatment in cancer survivors of all ages. It affects the future quality of life of patients and leads to psychological distress, as well as being a predictor of stress in relationships. Various studies demonstrate that the opportunity to discuss reproductive concerns lowers psychological distress.

Oncofertility care in the survivorship period is not well integrated into standard care even though cancer survivors need reproductive care in many ways leading to a significant number of cancer patients not having fertility preservation at diagnosis or in survivorship. An effective solution to address this unmet need is a nurse-led reproductive clinic. The funds raised during Dry July 2021 will support a Clinical Nurse Consultant for the reproductive clinic providing patients of reproductive age with reliable information about the risk of reproductive harm and the potential options for fertility preservation.

Reproductive survivorship care for AYA and adult cancer patients possible thanks to Dry July fundraising

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of Dry July 2020 participants, The Prince of Wales Hospital will be using funds to improve the wellbeing of people affected by cancer. 

This year, funds will be helping The Prince of Wales Hospital provide reproductive survivorship care for adolescents and young adults, as well as adult cancer patients. 

This wouldn't be possible without you Dry Julyers - you should be incredibly proud of your efforts. 

Prince of Wales cancer survivor, Angela Wales, is grateful for the support given by Dry July Foundation

Angela Wales grew up the oldest of five children in Walcha NSW. Through her life she has worked around the world as a librarian (Cambridge, UK), field archaeological assistant (Greece) and travel consultant (London and the executive director of the Australian Writers Guild. She ultimately became Executive Director of the Writers Guild Foundation. The WGA West is one of the more powerful Hollywood unions, also representing writers working in film, television and other AV fields.

She retired from the Foundation and returned to Australia in late 2013 to help take care of her elderly mother. It was at this time she was diagnosed with breast cancer. While having her at chemotherapy at Prince of Wales Hospital - she decided that faced with the question of her mortality that she needed to document her own life if she didn't do it now she never would. Her book detailing her early life – Barefoot in the Bindis was published in 2018 becoming a best seller. She is a strong supporter of the care and service she received at Prince of Wales Hospital and the dedication of the staff who looked after her.  

“I am very excited to see the new Survivorship Centre for people like me and as a girl who grew up in the country I know the value of the virtual care supported by Dry July” 

Prince of Wales Hospital Cancer Survivorship Centre

Prince of Wales Hospital Cancer Survivorship Centre, housed in the beautifully restored Medical Superintendent’s Cottage was generously supported with funding from Dry July to the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation to provide fit out for waiting room areas and essential virtual care audio visual equipment.

The purpose of the Prince of Wales Hospital Cancer Survivorship Centre will be to optimise the health and wellbeing of people living with and beyond cancer by engaging all who are impacted by cancer as empowered partners, and integrating evidence-informed and evidence-generating care to deliver a patient-centred, coordinated, cost-effective, sustainable and innovative cancer survivorship program. The program will focus on prevention, surveillance for recurrence, monitoring and intervention for the physical and psychosocial effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

The centre was developed with funding from the State and Federal governments and the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation with Dry July funding, and the Sony Foundation and Nelune Foundation.

Professor Boon Chua, Director, Cancer and Haematology Services, Prince of Wales Hospital, said the centre will provide a patient-centred, innovative survivorship program – all the more essential now, due to the social and economic impact of the growing number of Australians being affected by cancer.

“Cancer survivors are at increased risk for serious long-term morbidity – physical, psychosocial and economic – for quite some time after diagnosis and treatment,” Professor Chua said.

“Our program will invest in the post-treatment care of those patients – and in training the next generation of clinicians and researchers to support an expanding population of cancer survivors" 

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