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Westmead Hospital - The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre

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Dry July has helped the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC) at Westmead fund a range of projects in the last 3 years that we have been lucky enough to be chosen as one of their beneficiaries. Projects that have made a huge difference to the experience of cancer patients in the West of Sydney.
In 2017 we would like to focus our fundraising efforts on our cancer ward which is currently closed undergoing a radical new facelift. With the funds raised from Dry July 2017 we would like to purchase a whole range of things with the aim of making the experience of an admission to hospital a little more human for these patients with cancer. Every patient that comes into this ward is someone's mum, dad, son or daughter and let’s face it if it was your loved one would you even hesitate before putting your hand in your pocket or raising it up to join in a good cause!
Please join with our staff and patients in making today the day you decide to make a difference – sign up or donate to this great cause.
The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead is located in Westmead Hospital and is a specialised tertiary referral hospital with over 800 beds. The CPMCCWestmead is an integrated comprehensive centre serving a population of over 1 million in the West of Sydney with a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of cancer, palliative care and haematology blood disorders.
The CPMCC Westmead comprises
• The Chemotherapy Day Care Suite which has 30 chemotherapy chairs (all recently updated with Dry July funds), acute care beds and procedure rooms,
• 30 Specialised outpatient clinic rooms
• A large radiation therapy treatment area which includes 4 radiation therapy machines (linear accelerators), apheresis, as well as a high dose brachytherapy suite
• Specialist psychosocial support,
• Clinical trials units which have access to world-class cutting edge medical technology with a wide range of treatments being studied, ranging from drugs through to radiological and surgical methods, as well as preventative options for combating cancer.
• Familial cancer service
• Leading world class laboratory cancer research in melanoma, breast cancer, leukaemia, and ovarian cancer.

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Information for patients

Dry July funds have been applied to provide information and support to patients and their carers at CPMCC at Westmead Hsopital.

These brochures have been well received and reinforce the support available to those affected by cancer.

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Chemotherapy chairs in place at Westmead

CPMCC at Westmead Hospital has used Dry July funds to replace all of their chemotherapy chairs at the centre. The photographs show the enthusiastic and motivated staff modelling the chairs.

This has improved the environment as well as the comfort of attending patients. The centre features in the Dry July TV Commercial which commenced showing on 15th June 2017.

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Pamper packs funded by Dry July

These packs are a treat for patients who may need a lift and will be given out by nursing staff to those who are in either financial difficulties or having a bad day and need a lift.

Staff at CPMCC Westmead have assembled these packs into a gift-bag (as pictured) in their own time for the benefit of their patients.,

There are two types,

An inpatient pack consisting of  Shampoo, Condition, Intensive hand/body cream and ip balm, and;

An outpatient pack consisting of soap, intensive handcream and lip balm.

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Derya's story - Oxygen concentrator

The Dry July Foundation now in its 10th year has been helping to raise funds for people with cancer each year and the CPMCCC has been an active participant. Through this funding we have been able to purchase much needed equipment & resources for the centre to ease the burden on patients with cancer.

One of our recent purchases from these funds was a piece of equipment called a portable oxygen concentrator which assists patients with respiratory difficulties in the community. The first patient to benefit from this new piece of equipment is Derya who is a young Mum with 3 children. Derya was diagnosed with Myelodysplasia, a cancer in which immature blood cells in the bone marrow do not mature and become healthy blood cells. She underwent a transplant in 2014 and developed a condition called chronic graft versus host disease which has her affected her lungs resulting in chronic breathing difficulties. When asked how this oxygen concentrator has helped Derya said “It has helped a lot. It has meant that I can get out to see my kids soccer games. It has also made it easy to get to and from the hospital for the many specialist appointments I have to attend. It is easy to use, lightweight and portable which is important as well. I would never have been able to afford to purchase the concentrator for myself. I am so grateful to the hospital for providing this”

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Tonya's story

This year Tonya celebrates 30 years since she was first treated for breast cancer at Westmead in 1987. She was diagnosed with another breast cancer in 2014 and is still going strong.

She has been blown away by some of the things that have been purchased with Dry July funds and would have loved to have had those things when she was undergoing treatment. She was very impressed with the new treatment gowns for breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy and said that would have made such a big difference at the time she was having treatment and remembered how difficult it was with the old hospital gowns. When she had her chemotherapy she had a hard backed uncomfortable chair that she had to sit in for hours. She was in awe of the new comforts in the chemo suite again provided by Dry July funding. She will also be receiving a patient pamper pack when she comes to see her treating specialist A/Prof Verity Ahern, whom she says she owes her life and can’t say enough about the wonderful care and treatment received her at Westmead.

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