Julie has just completed another set of the most important interviews of her life. In 2013 she was given the shocking news that she had stage four throat cancer. Over eight years later, she is alive after 30 radiation sessions, weekly chemo and months of care from a big team.
Last year, in partnership with St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre & St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Julie produced the Head & Neck Cancer 2020 Video Series to hear from cancer team members & patients about treatment & recovery.
These up-to-the minute, evidence-based interviews were filmed in radiation bunkers, operating theatres and research centres. They showcase the latest technology and the committed group of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who make recovery possible.
This year, again to mark World Head & Neck Cancer Day on 27 July, Julie has produced another set of video interviews that focus on dental and oral care, in particular.
The Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre (AWCCC) in Darwin has used an education and network strategy to more than double the number of Indigenous cancer patients receiving radiotherapy, helping to address a disproportionately high mortality rate caused by challenges such as late diagnosis and access to care.
Since its establishment in January 2010, the AWCCC has increased its uptake of radiation therapy by Indigenous patients in the NT from 22% to 48%. The Centre has also improved radiotherapy completion rates from 85% to 95%.
“Over the 10 years now, we are starting to see the oral history come through where we have... read more