World Smokefree Day- 31st May 2020

Ahana Kumbhat, Health Promotion Advisor, Cancer Society Wellington Tobacco was introduced in Aotearoa in late 1700s and its consumption peaked in 1950s leading to increased incidences of lung cancer.  It has been 70 years since tobacco was first identified as the...

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Connecting with Nature

  Judy O'Byrne, Counsellor and art therapist, Cancer Society Wellington Two weeks ago our blog focused on the importance of hope and then last week was written to support those who are caregivers and support others.  Both have highlighted the value to taking time...

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Are You Supporting Someone With Cancer?

Julie Holt, Cancer Information Nurse, Cancer Society Wellington I’ve been thinking today what a tough time partners, family, friends of a person with cancer have – the huge emotional burden, the financial juggling, the new roles to take on, dealing with the...

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Finding Hope  

Julie Holt, Cancer Information Nurse, Cancer Society Wellington ‘Hope is a pleasant feeling linked to a belief that the desired outcome could happen. As a cancer patient, I assure you the pleasantness counts for something. Like honey added to a bitter mix, hope takes...

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Managing Lymphoedema in Lockdown

Naena Chhima, Cancer Information Nurse and Lymphoedema Therapist. Managing lymphoedema in lockdown can be difficult, especially if you are used to going to a lymphoedema therapist regularly to help manage the swelling. Self-massage and exercise at home Follow this...

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Health Checks

Health Checks- Mandy Savage, Health Promoter, Cancer Society, Kapiti Office In this new normal it is important that we look after ourselves and our whanau.  Make time to get regular health checks or see a GP for something new that you are concerned about. This will...

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Looking After Your Immune System

Julie Holt, Cancer Information Nurse, Cancer Society,Wellington If you have cancer many types of treatment weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off infection. We know this can be a worrying time especially in the era of Covid-19. However, this...

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Breathers, Sustainers and Restorers.

In these uncertain and challenging times we are realising the importance of managing stress more than ever before. Adding a cancer diagnosis or cancer treatment of oneself or a loved one to the worldwide Covid-19 crisis can leave people feeling anxious, overwhelmed...

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Tips to Help you Sleep

                                                                  Viv Hurnen, Counsellor, Cancer Society Wellington. First and foremost - don’t fret. If you are awake and not able to sleep get up and do something until you feel tired, then head back to bed. Keep your...

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