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Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin gets people talking

Julie is renowned across Australia for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice. After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio, ABC TV and Network 10, she is now a freelance journalist, facilitator, trainer and speaker.

From private workshops with small groups of people to huge public events, Julie has built a reputation for bringing people together, getting them communicating and helping them achieve positive outcomes.

For more information, contact Julie now.


Targeting Cancer

 

Julie has become an Ambassador for Targeting Cancer. She had oropharyngeal cancer treated with radiation therapy and chemotherapy in 2013, and is now back to her usual busy life.

Over 100,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer each year. In 2010, 21,235 cancers were registered in New Zealand. It is estimated that about half of them will benefit from radiation therapy as part of their overall cancer treatment.

Watch this series of videos to follow Julie's treatment journey, from diagnosis and treatment to embracing the future.

Understanding Head and Neck Cancers

New Model LINAC

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http://connorsbricks.com/model-linac/

In 2013 I experienced the shock & trauma of my 1st radiation therapy treatment in a mask for stage four oropharyngeal cancer.

I promised myself, if I survived, to help improve patient education BEFORE the 1st session.

Prior to that first treatment, I had never seen a LINAC or a bunker & I hadn’t understood what would be involved with the mask.

In the 2013 edition of the Cancer Council booklet, “Understanding Head & Neck Cancer” there were no pictures of a LINAC or mask or person in a mask.

There was only one sentence that mentioned the mask. There was no heading mentioning the mask.

(The current edition does have a heading, written explanation & pictures, plus my story with tips for coping with the mask experience.)

Prior to my first treatment, I was not shown any pictures of a LINAC or of a person in a mask on a LINAC.

I simply did not comprehend what was about to happen to me.

This is the case for many patients I have spoken to. Patients who cannot read or who cannot read English are especially vulnerable.

I am so grateful this model has been created.

As you know, I have struggled to weep since my first radiation therapy treatment, after which I had a big sob in the car park... read more