Westmead Hospital - The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre

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The Dry July campaign has been making a real difference at the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC) Westmead in the many years that we have been associated with this incredible fundraising campaign. The projects funded by Dry July have directly influenced the experience of cancer patients and their families while they are being treated or visiting the Centre.

In 2021 we will again be participating in Dry July and raising funds to support our cancer patients and their families at the CPMCC Westmead. Our long wish list of projects directly benefit our patients with the aim to make this difficult time of their lives that little bit easier and less stressful.

Please join with us in making this the day you decide to make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. Sign up or donate to this great cause.
The CPMCC Westmead is located within Westmead Hospital. It 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 offers:
• 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

Latest Updates

Music in bunkers for CPMCC Patients

Thanks to funds raised by Dry July, The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead have been able to purchase iPads for their radiation treatment rooms, to entertain and distract patients during treatment.

During radiation treatment, patients are alone in the room for treatment whilst therapists control treatment from outside. The iPads mean that patients can select their own music to help make the treatment space for comfortable, and is more calming than the quiet, clinical environment usually found in radiotherapy bunkers.

The music has helped patients reduce anxiety and take their mind off the daily treatment, making them more relaxed.

There has been great feedback from the iPads, and many requests for a large range of music genre choices.

One patient, Beverley, recently commented that she enjoyed listening to the 60s and 70s jukebox music during treatment; "It's a great distraction and takes my mind off the event of treatment. It makes me feel happy and reduces my stress levels".

As told to Laura Adamson - one of our radiation therapists.

‘Wanderful’ mocktail party

To kick off Westmead Hospital’s Dry July campaign, the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre hosted a mocktail party featuring Western Sydney Wanderers stars.

Patients’ faces lit up as players Brendan Hamill and Vedran Janjetovic handed them mocktails, showing the football club’s support for the cancer centre’s Dry July campaign.

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.

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.

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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