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Cancer Society of Auckland and Northland
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Domain Lodge
1 Boyle Crescent
Grafton
Auckland 1023
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Auckland, Northland
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Service Description
Service Description
We are here to help and support you and your whānau through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Support Line -

We know that going through cancer is tough and can raise many questions.

The Cancer Information Helpline is a free service available to people with cancer, their family/whānau, the general public and health professionals. Experienced Cancer Support Nurse Specialists are available to answer your call or email on any cancer-related question, in confidence and in easy-to-understand language.

For answers, support or just a chat, call us free on 0800 CANCER (226 237) Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

One on One Support –

Our Community Nursing Service is staffed by experienced Cancer Support Nurse Specialists in Auckland and Northland, who visit and phone you at home to give you practical information and support. Cancer Support Nurse Specialists can offer support to you and your family/ whānau if you have been recently diagnosed, are receiving treatment for cancer, and following treatment.

Cancer Support Nurse Specialists cover the whole of the Auckland and Northland region. We also have nurses working in partnership with organisations such as the Primary Health Organisation and Māori Health Providers in Northland.

If you or a loved one has cancer, our support team can help you with:
• understanding the type of cancer and the treatment you may have
• managing the cancer symptoms and treatment side effects
• explaining the hospital system and what you can expect
• listening to the concerns and questions that are most important to you and your family/whānau and working with you to find solutions
• talking to other health professionals involved in treatment to help your care go smoothly
• referring you to other Cancer Society support services
• finding other useful services that will help you
• practical problems, like getting to treatment and benefits you could get

Psychology and Counselling –

Getting a cancer diagnosis can be hard. It is common for people to experience a range of emotions in response to a cancer diagnosis. Cancer Society psychologists have specialised skills and experience to assist you and your family/ whānau to cope during this time.

We have free counselling and psychological services for people with cancer and their family/whānau.

We can help you discuss the impact of a cancer diagnosis on your relationships and exploring effective ways of support through this time. We offer one-on-one and group sessions for anyone affected by cancer, including family/whānau members. If you've just received a cancer diagnosis, are currently having treatment or your treatment has finished, we're here to help.

Webinar Series: We also offer cancer support talks online via Zoom, Thursdays 10:00am-11:30am, on a fortnightly basis. Learn strategies to help you cope with the impact of cancer from the comfort of your own home. Webinars run at COVID Alert Levels 2, 3 & 4.

Accommodation –

We understand that a lot of people undergoing cancer treatment need to travel to hospitals in larger cities. We aim to provide you with a home away from home so you can focus on your treatment.

Domain Lodge is a modern, self-catering accommodation facility owned and operated by the Cancer Society Auckland Northland. It provides a comfortable and restful environment for people who live outside the Auckland region who must travel long distances (i.e., over 100 kms) to receive treatment and cancer care in Auckland.

People undergoing treatment are welcome to bring one support person (over the age of 18) with them for their stay. Set in beautiful gardens, Domain Lodge is conveniently situated near Auckland City Hospital. Public transport, shopping, entertainment and the pleasant open space of the Auckland Domain are close by.

The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and guests are welcome to come and go as they please. While priority is given to people with cancer, Domain Lodge accommodation is also open to the public. Income earned from these guests helps us provide fully subsidised accommodation for people with cancer

Transport to Treatment –

We know that when you are undergoing cancer treatment, getting to your appointments can be difficult; our free driving service may be able to help.

The Cancer Society Driving Service coordinates a team of trained volunteer drivers who can help get you to and from your treatment. Cancer Society volunteers will pick you up from your home and return you after your treatment-related appointment.

All drivers undergo a recruitment process which includes interviews, police checks, orientation and ongoing training. The Driving Service provides transport to those who need it most, including those who are socially isolated, financially constrained and have no other means of transport.
Updated: 8 Oct 2021
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Since 1929 Cancer Society has existed to support people with cancer and their family/whanau. The Cancer Society of New Zealand is made up of six regional divisions. Cancer Society Auckland Northland is the largest regional division, serving more than one third of New Zealand’s population from our Cancer Society offices at Domain Lodge in Auckland and Daffodil House in Whangarei.

We provide emotional and practical support for people affected by cancer, we invest in lifesaving cancer research, and we advocate tirelessly on behalf of all New Zealanders for policies that reduce the risk of cancer, improve cancer care, and create environments where communities can make positive choices about their health.

Cancer Society Auckland Northland is a registered charity, we receive no direct government funding and are reliant on the commitment and generosity of donations so that we can provide services free of charge to people affected by cancer.

He Ringa Āwhina – We are here for All people. Every cancer.
Updated: 8 Oct 2021
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Support for Mums

 

Sarah is a loving, dedicated mother of five teenage children, who only six months ago was diagnosed with stage 3 endometrial cancer. Her journey with cancer is a remarkable story of steely strength and courage.

Sarah doesn’t have a lot of family support nearby to call upon for help, so they have found it especially tough, both emotionally and financially. Because Sarah has always put her family before herself, she initially didn’t recognise the symptoms that her body was trying to tell her that something wasn’t right.

In these challenging times we are hearing from more and more New Zealander’s every day who need support from the Cancer Society.

After feeling increasing bouts of fatigue and an irregular menstrual cycle, she went to see her doctor. Further testing confirmed that Sarah had endometrial cancer and it had already rapidly progressed.

“When I found out I had cancer I started to panic, and then I became terrified, angry, and overloaded with emotions opposite to hope and joy. I was all alone.”

The urgency of Sarah’s situation meant that no time could be wasted, and cancer specialists sprung to action to give her the best chance. She underwent intensive abdominal surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible, before starting chemotherapy.

But during chemotherapy Sarah suffered with side effects that made her too unwell to continue. She had terrible numbness and pain, was nauseated, and felt fatigued. Sarah bravely completed her radiation therapy, and felt much better afterwards, much more like her old self.

“The side effects of chemo were very horrible; I didn’t know my own body or how to describe what I was feeling.”

“The doctors said I may only have a couple of years left, if that.” Sarah’s main worry is what will happen to her children when she’s gone:

“We don’t have family close by to support us, so I’m very worried about my children when I won’t be there to help my husband/their father to look after them.”

True to her nurturing nature and driven by the fierce love she holds for her children; she is focussed on finding joy in the little things and comfort in leaving the household in the best shape she can for her children.

“No more tears, no more pain, I need to move on and look forward and be strong for my five children. I have so many things to do. I must keep going. I am a mother and I have a house to make a home.”

Sarah explained to me that she finds comfort in her faith. She also tells me how much joy she finds in singing, taking morning walks with her husband, catching up with friends and family over video chats, and cooking delicious meals for her family.

Through this incredibly difficult time, Sarah has found her Cancer Society Nurse Debs has given her a lifeline of support.

“Nurse Debs always checks how I am feeling, and makes me feel more comfortable, at peace and happier.”

Sarah found the Cancer Society nurse advice extremely helpful as she explained to her what the technical terms meant, and what to expect from treatment. Most importantly Debs gives Sarah gentle advice and provides an attentive listening ear so that Sarah can really be open about her fear and worries.

Being able to access nurse support and counselling, advice, information, from the Cancer Society is made possible by the generosity of our supporters.

There is no magic remedy to cure Sarah’s cancer, so knowing that she can get support from the Cancer Society is crucial for her mental wellbeing.

As Sarah bravely continues her cancer journey, she has just recently returned to work, six days a week. She loves her job as an activities co-ordinator and healthcare assistant at a local nursing home. She is also determined to leave her family in the best possible position.

“My cancer journey had me crippled with my darkest thoughts during those long nights in bed at the hospital. And just when I had succumbed to all those horrifying thoughts, I thought of everyone I hold dear to my heart, the images of all my tiny babies I have carried in my arms came flashing through my mind.”

Cancer Society is there for everyone going through cancer. Through all the challenges, cancer patients can find practical support and advice from a Cancer Society nurse.

“The Cancer Society gives me help, they are very supportive, they are always happy to listen, and so patient – thank you” – Sarah

Please show your support by donating now and you will be helping more people like Sarah and her precious family. Thank you for reading and for your support.

You can donate here!

Updated: 16 May 2022

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