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Richard is a clinical haematologist with a specialist interest in malignant haematology including lymphoma, myeloma, leukaemia and haematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
He completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Otago University and the Christchurch School of Medicine, before completing his internal medicine and postgraduate haematology training in the Auckland region.
He became a fellow of the Australasian Colleges of Physicians and Pathologists in 2003 and undertook 2 years of subspecialty training in acute leukaemia and bone marrow transplantation at Vancouver General Hospital and the British Columbia Cancer Agency.
Richard returned to Auckland in 2005 as a consultant haematologist and He is currently the Clinical Director of the Auckland City Hospital Haematology Service and the Auckland and Starship Children’s Hospital’s Stem Cell Transplant Program.
He maintains active membership of several international societies including the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Richard enjoys getting to know his patients and their families. His approachable and empathetic manner ensures that his patients and their families trust him and can ask questions as they need to.
Richard is a keen follower of all sports particularly those involving his two children. He is a keen participant in running and swimming events and loves to get onto his snowboard over the winter months.
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Brain cancer is an overgrowth of cells in your brain that forms masses called tumours. Cancerous, or malignant, brain tumours tend to grow very quickly. They disrupt the way your body works
The signs and symptoms of a brain tumour vary greatly and depend on the brain tumour’s size, location and rate of growth.
General signs and symptoms caused by brain tumours may include:
In most people with primary brain tumours, the cause of the tumour is not clear. But doctors have identified some factors that may increase your risk of a brain tumour.
Risk factors include:
Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control.
Luminal A: The most common subtype and represents 50% – 60% of all breast cancers.
Luminal B: Hormone-receptor positive (estrogen-receptor and/or progesterone-receptor positive Luminal B), and either HER2 positive or HER2 negative.
Triple-Negative: Cancer that tests negative for
About 10 – 20% of breast cancers are triple-negative breast cancers.
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Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs.
Non-small cell lung cancer
Most common histological sub types adenocarcinoma, squamous cell, large cell.
Small-cell lung cancer
Make up to about 20% of lung cancers. Grows and spreads quickly.
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These are cancers of the colon and rectum which are part of the gastro-intestinal tract.
Colon cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the large intestine (colon). The colon is the final part of the digestive tract.
Rectal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the rectum.
Colorectal cancer is also known as bowel cancer.
A group of cancer that affect the upper gastro-intestinal tract are know as upper GI cancers. Lower GI cancers affect the digestive system.
The most common GI cancers are of the oesophagus, stomach and pancreas
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Genitourinary (GU) cancers is a specialised field focusing on cancers found in the urinary system and the male reproductive system. These include prostate cancer, renal cancer, bladder cancer, testicular and cancer of the penis.
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Gynaecological cancers are cancers that start in a woman’s reproductive system including:
They develop from cells of the neuroendocrine system. These are found in organs such as the stomach, bowel and lungs.
NETs are more common in people aged over 60. They are sometimes called carcinoid tumours.
Although uncommon, there are many types of neuroendocrine tumors, but most are classified as one of two main types:
Symptoms depend on where in the body the NET is.
They can include:
Head and neck cancer is a range of cancers that start in the head and neck of the body. This region includes the mouth, nose, tongue, palate, jaw, throat (pharynx), larynx, tonsils, sinuses, salivary glands or thyroid.
The most common head and neck cancer is basal cell cancer of the skin. Squamous cell cancer and malignant melanoma, also occur on the skin of the face and neck. Many squamous cell cancers occur on the lower lip and ear.
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Haematological cancers are cancers that begin in blood-forming tissue, such as the bone marrow, or in the cells of the immune system. In most blood cancers, the normal blood cell development process is interrupted by uncontrolled growth of an abnormal type of blood cell. These abnormal blood cells, or cancerous cells, prevent your blood from performing many of its functions, like fighting off infections or preventing serious bleeding
Haematological cancers are a uniquely diverse group which can be subdivided into 3 main diseases: myeloid neoplasms, lymphoid malignancies and plasma cell disorders. Common examples of haematology cancers are leukaemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma which are also commonly referred to as blood cancers.
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. It occurs when unprepared DNA damage to skin cells triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skins cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours.
The three most common skin cancers are:
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