Being diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment is a very overwhelming experience, with lots of questions, and multiple things to remember.
To help ease the process, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne have used a portion of their Dry July funds to develop an admission pack for patients going through chemotherapy for the first time, and provide them with as much information as possible at such a difficult time.
Cancer Council Western Australia's Crawford Lodge offers dedicated accommodation for cancer patients and their carers who need to travel from rural and regional areas in WA for their treatment in Perth.
CCWA have used some of their Dry July funds to install shade covers over the walkways at the lodge. This will enable patients to get to and from their rooms and other lodge facilities without having to walk through the rain or strong Western Australian sun.
The new Albany Health Campus facility opened in 2013 and brings all of the hospital’s cancer services together under one roof in the new ‘Cancer Centre’.
At this facility, Dry July funds have been used to :
- Refurbish the patient interview room and patient waiting areas
- Purchase soft furnishings for the patient interview room and patient waiting areas
- Purchase 2 x wheelchairs (one standard and one bariatric) and 1 x Hip chair for Cancer patients
- Purchase and installed outdoor benches for the verandah area
- Purchase and install Aurora Vista lights in the patient treatment area
- Purchase resource books for the Cancer Services Patient library
- Purchase electronic chair scales
SVHM used Dry July 2014 funds towards a multitude of projects aimed at making patients in the cancer centre more comfortable. These included:
Patient admission packs
Boardgames for children waiting with their parents
Coral upgrade in the fish tank
Water drink bottles
CDs & CD player
Tim Tam biscuits for the beverage service
A new wheelchair
Fish tanks for the palliative care unit
The hospital is continuing at pace with their 2015 funds, seeking to purchase newspapers for the oncology ward and cancer centre, shampoo caps for oncology patients, a Stedy transport machine, Christmas decorations, new chemotherapy treatment chairs, new patient and visitor chairs in the oncology ward, and portable fold-out beds for visitors who wish to stay...
Dry July has helped fund the production of a new DVD for cancer patients at Canberra Hospital.
The DVD offers information about radiation therapy and treatment, in the hope that it will alleviate patients’ anxiety before they start a course of radiation therapy.
View the DVD content here.
Country cancer patients at Cancer Council WA’s Crawford Lodge in Nedlands now have a place to relax, recline and enjoy a movie or some live music thanks to a new multi-functional theatre room built with funds from Dry July.
CCWA Chief Executive Officer, Susan Rooney, said the funds raised from Dry July have enabled some very exciting additions at the two lodges, particularly the theatre room at Crawford Lodge.
“This is a wonderful room that will allow up to 20 guests to relax in a comfortable environment and unwind and watch a movie, listen to some acoustic music, or perhaps take in some live sport on television,” Ms Rooney said.
The room includes sound proofing, reclining chairs, surround sound system, screen and stage and lighting.
Dry July beneficiary, the Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD), are currently running their CoastCanCare Wellness Program, an initiative funded thanks to the money raised by Dry July participants.
CoastCanCare offers a range of wellness programs designed to complement medical treatment and promote the wellbeing of Central Coast adults with cancer, their family members and carers. Such programs have been shown to be very helpful in assisting people to manage stress, anxiety, fatigue and pain. Current programs include motivational education sessions, as well as group mindfulness and meditation workshops.
As part of the program, they recently began music therapy sessions, designed to engage and focus on the whole person, not their...