Can you help local women receiving breast cancer treatment?
North Shore Hospital is starting a new service for local women diagnosed with breast cancer to receive Herceptin infusion treatment.
Currently, women with breast cancer from the North Shore, West Auckland and Rodney have to receive this life-saving treatment at Auckland Hospital in Grafton which often involves travelling past their local hospital on a long and exhausting journey to the city where they are faced with gridlocked traffic and high parking costs as well as the added stress of trying to find a carpark at an over-stretched hospital.
The infusion which is required every three weeks only takes around 75 minutes per session, however, the round trip to Auckland City Hospital usually takes up a large part of a patient’s day.
Lisa Morrissey from Sunnynook on Auckland's North Shore used to have to take a bus in peak Auckland traffic in order to get to her treatments at Auckland City Hospital. While Lisa says the treatment received at Auckland Hospital was great, the opportunity to be treated in a local and familiar environment will hopefully reduce some of the pressure on other women with breast cancer during what is an extremely traumatic time.
The Well Foundation is fundraising for two comfortable reclining chairs to deliver Herceptin infusions to women in the new service at North Shore Hospital.
Undergoing treatment after a cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming experience, but the ability to recline in a comfortable chair during the procedure will hopefully allow women receiving treatment to feel much more relaxed.
We are also fundraising for one SureSigns Monitor which will ensure each patient’s vital signs are tracked during the infusions.
Our goal is to reach $20,000 and we would love to have the support of our local community on the North Shore, Rodney and West Auckland to help us reach our target.
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