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 invite you to attend the Head and Neck Cancer Support Group.
Our speaker this month is Laurie-Anne Minslow. Laurie-Anne is well known to the group as a facilitator. She is also a speech pathologist working in the Radiation Oncology department at Calvary Mater Newcastle, specialising in the assessment and management of swallowing disorders of head and neck cancers.
Laurie-Anne will be speaking with the group about swallowing issues following radiotherapy with a particular focus on the anatomy and physiology of swallow and exercises / strategies that can be undertaken to improve swallowing.
The second hour will then provide an opportunity for you to talk to other people with similar experiences.
If you are unable to attend the talk but would like to dial in virtually, please let us know and we can send you a link.
Please remember if you have a partner, friend or relative who would like to come they are most welcome.
When: Wednesday 28 February 2024
Where: Room 2064 Level 2, Calvary Mater Newcastle – the room is opposite the Auxiliary lolly stand.
Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm
RSVP: Laurie-Anne Minslow (Speech Pathologist) 4014 3136
Tiffani Jones (Dietitian) 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.