Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Head and Neck Cancer Support Group was established in July 2010 as a means of providing further support to head and neck cancer patients in the Newcastle and Hunter area.
The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month and is facilitated by Allied Health Professionals working within this area, and provides both education and peer support.
Next Support Group
The staff at Calvary Mater Newcastle are excited to invite you to attend the Head and Neck Cancer Support Group.
This month we are very fortunate to have Dr Eric Wegener, a Radiation Oncologist working with head and neck cancer at Calvary Mater Newcastle. Dr Wegener will present on radiotherapy for head and neck cancer including side effects, and will give an example of a patient pathway to treatment and beyond. There will be time for questions.
The second hour will then provide an opportunity for you to talk to other people with similar experiences.
Please remember if you have a partner, friend or relative who would like to come they are most welcome.
Our meeting room capacity continues to be set at 24 attendees. Please remember to RSVP if wanting to attend. See back of invite for COVID-19 restrictions to Calvary Mater Newcastle.
When: Wednesday 28 September 2022
Where: Room 2064 Level 2, Calvary Mater Newcastle – the room is opposite the radiotherapy treatment area.
Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm (Please arrive 15 minutes earlier to accommodate the time needed for RAT testing)
RSVP: Laurie-Anne Minslow (Speech Pathologist) 4014 3136
Tiffani Jones (Dietitian) 4014 3136
Lisa Crouch (Occupational Therapist) 4014 3136
Janelle Brown (Social Work) 4014 3136
The group runs for two hours every month. The first hour focuses on an invited speaker with relevant education/information, while the second hour is for more informal group socialising and facilitated group sharing.
The group is an ‘open’ group that allows a person to move in and out of it depending on their needs at the time. This ‘open’ group also allows for a cross section of experience across a person’s cancer journey – from diagnosis, treatment, recovery and long term survivorship.
To date, the group has heard from a variety of different speakers including: Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Dentists, Audiologists, Psychologists, Dietitians, Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists and Social Workers. The group has also participated in a variety of events, such as ‘Relay for Life’, and members have undertaken Head and Neck Cancer Awareness activities including the selling of head and neck badges, wrist bands and magnets.
The group is open to any person with a diagnosis of head and neck cancer and their carers/family.