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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

Radiation Oncology Patient Education Booklets

The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre is using funds from Dry July 2015 to design and print booklets aimed at helping introduce patients to radiation therapy treatment and what to expect at the Centre's 3 facilities.

The booklets should help patients understand what treatments entail and will reinforce verbal discussions with their treating team.

With Knowledge Comes Power at Westmead Hospital

Staff at Westmead Hospital’s Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre are the stars of two new videos designed to give newly diagnosed patients peace of mind. A film project With Knowledge Comes Power was recently unveiled in conjunction with health content specialists Tonic Health Media, and was funded by Dry July.

The films take viewers on a tour of the facility led by staff, who answer frequently asked questions by patients about to start chemotherapy and radiation therapy. “It was something all of us at the centre have been talking about doing for a long time,” Cancer Centre Medical and Network Services Manager Jenny Butler said. “Patients often tell us ‘I don’t remember being told that’ and we believe that that is because they get so much information up front immediately after the diagnosis and often can’t take it all in. The video which they can access at home via our website or a CD allows them to digest the information in their own time, thus preparing them for the road ahead and hopefully allaying their fears of the unknown.”

Staff consulted patients on the script, including Henry Wegwitz. Henry wishes the video existed when he was diagnosed. "The first steps would have been easier knowing what was going to happen,” he said. “The video prepares them for what’s coming and what to expect,” he said.

Tonic Health Media scripted and produced the videos.

Watch them here:

Radiotherapy:  http://www.sydneywestcancer.org/patient-care/treatment/radiation-therapy-2/

Chemotherapy:  http://www.sydneywestcancer.org/patient-care/treatment/chemotherapy/

Christmas spirit

With funding raised by Dry July‬ in 2015 and Christmas trees donated by David Jones‬, dedicated staff have dressed up the Cancer Centre and oncology ward at Westmead Hospital to make it that little bit more homely for patients and their families who have to be there for treatment at this time of year.

Improving the Patient Experience at Westmead Hospital

The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre used Dry July 2014 funds to:
  • Purchase and install 11 new chemotherapy chairs to replace torn and broken chairs
  • Install a visual wall in the front reception space to brighten up this high traffic area
  • Produce 2 videos on chemotherapy and radiation therapy to help educate patients about their cancer journey
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