Now in its fifth year, 2017, Central Coast Local Health District’s CoastCanCare Wellness Program continues to go from strength to strength with the support of the Dry July Foundation and the generosity of the public that nominate CoastCanCare as their beneficiary.
The Program provides information and practical tools and support to promote wellness for adult cancer patients in our local community. The Program also allows for a patient’s carer or family member to attend sessions and this has proved to be invaluable for the ongoing treatment and care of the patient.
CoastCanCare sessions provide advice on nutrition, psychosocial and physical care, distraction therapies such as meditation and mindfulness and occupational activities such as...
Cancer Council Western Australia's Crawford Lodge Lodges provide a comfortable home away from home for regional patients and their carers that come to Perth to access treatment.
Dry July has funded $100k towards refurbishment of Crawford Lodge to convert a meeting room into accommodation, to provide more space and availability for patients.
The team are working on the design and delivery of this project which will commence shortly.
As part of the #Projectlove - Andrew Love Cancer Centre Redevelopment, the Barwon Health Foundation team along with Day Ward and Pharmacy staff input, have taken the first steps of commencing the project and construction through initial concept plan development.
The redevelopment will dramatically change the efficiency and atmosphere of the Chemotherapy Day Ward.
Project Love is to be fully funded by the community, and the funds from Dry July will provide more privacy and comfort for those treated at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre.
- More privacy and space for patients in the Day Ward
- A more comfortable, efficient and modern Day Ward
- More efficient facilities in the Oncology Pharmacy to support the continued growth in...
Dry July funds have gone towards purchasing a new vehicle for the Transport 2 Treatment program in Tasmania, run by Cancer Council Tasmania.
Volunteer drivers travel over 190,000 kilometres transporting individual patients across Tasmania to treatment services. This program offers a no cost program enabling cancer patients to get to treatment in comfort and at no-cost. The purchase enhances transport services available to cancer patients who have no other means of attending treatment appointments across the State.
The new vehicle also allows Cancer Council Tasmania to engage with the wider community and local businesses through providing improved access to our regional communities, enabling dissemination of cancer prevention messages...
"Earlier this year, life as I knew it changed completely. I was diagnosed with cancer.
I am a 54-year-old mother of three adult children and grandmother to three grandchildren. Before my diagnosis, my life revolved around family but I also worked as a full-time Human Resources Manager which kept me very busy. We live on a five-acre block in Dubbo with a beautiful garden which takes up many pleasurable hours of work.
My initial reaction worried my doctor because I really just sat there silently trying to absorb my new reality, while my head was racing in turmoil. He kept asking if I had any questions, but I didn’t know what I wanted or needed to know. I really just wanted the time to take it in and think on my own.
Before long I came out of...
Maggie Wittchen was among the first patients to be treated to a relaxing massage thanks to an expanded oncology massage service at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC).
Maggie, who was recently admitted to hospital for five days of continuous chemotherapy treatment for Lymphoma, said massage provided extra comfort to her and other cancer patients.
“Massage is a lovely idea – it’s definitely soothing and helps me to relax,” Maggie said.
In a state-first, patients admitted to FMC’s cancer ward (Ward 5G) are able to receive hand, foot, neck and body massages from an oncology qualified remedial massage therapist to help ease some of the symptoms associated with their disease.
Oncology Massage Therapist Andrea Cornish visits the ward twice a week to...
The Otis Foundation sources time in holiday homes for the use of families affected by breast cancer. Owners donate the use of their holiday homes and Dry July's funding covers cleaning and linen services incurred in providing access at no charge to the recipients.
Queensland mother-of-three Heather Lloyd ( pictured with family) said the time she had spent with her family at a Sunshine Coast retreat following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015 was both healing and powerful.
"It was a holiday we could not afford financially after treatment and loss of income, yet it was exactly what we all needed," she said.
PHOTO: Acting Nurse Unit Manager Rebecca Johnson chats with leukaemia patient Jim Colbert while he rests in a treatment chair.
A MONTH off the booze for 65 Far North fundraisers will mean earlier diagnosis for some cancer patients in the region.
Not only that, but since the Liz Plummer Cancer Centre started using the CADD pumps that the Dry July fundraisers helped buy more of, they have saved more than 300 inpatient bed days and $240,000 in drug costs to the hospital.
The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation received $28,905 in funding from Dry July, enabling the purchase of a treatment chair for the oncology day unit, six chemotherapy pumps for administering chemotherapy at home and a moisture meter to measure swelling in some cancer...