Julie has just completed the most important interviews of her life. In 2013 she was given the shocking news that she had stage four throat cancer. Over seven years later she is alive after 30 radiation sessions, weekly chemo and months of care from a big team.
In partnership with St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre & St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Julie has 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 are 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.
Julie McCrossin, Cancer Council NSW, 25 Feb 2021
In 2013 I was diagnosed with stage four oropharyngeal cancer. It was in my tonsils, the back of my tongue and the side of my throat. The symptoms that kept me going back to my GP repeatedly were a persistent sore throat, a pain in my left ear and two small lumps on my neck.
Until recently, the most common causes of this cancer in the throat region have been smoking tobacco and heavy alcohol consumption. I gave up drinking alcohol altogether in 1979 and I hadn’t smoked for over 30 years. I was totally shocked to be told I had cancer. I soon learned that the most common cause of... read more