Cancer specialists

The Canopy team has been built over time to ensure that we have the very best oncologists, haematologists, nursing and support staff to care for our patients.

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Meet the Head and neck team

Medical oncologists

Dr Laird Cameron

Dr Laird Cameron

Medical Oncologist

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Dr Osama Salih

Dr Osama Salih

Medical Oncologist

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Dr Lisa Dawson

Dr Lisa Dawson

Medical Oncologist

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Dr Vincent Newton

Dr Vincent Newton

Medical Oncologist

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Dr Michelle Head

Dr Michelle Head

Medical Oncologist

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Dr Richard North

Dr Richard North

Medical Oncologist

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Clinical Staff

Karen Nolan

Karen Nolan

Specialist Oncology Nurse

Annette Berghan

Annette Berghan

Nurse Team Leader - Whangarei

Jessie Butler

Jessie Butler

Nurse Team Leader - Tauranga

Schedulers & Administration

Audrey Philip

Audrey Philip

Scheduler for:

Dr Reuben Broom

Dr Laird Cameron

Dr Richard Sullivan

Dr Naera Waters

Email:

audrey.philip@ canopycancercare.co.nz

Dale Tappin

Dale Tappin

Scheduler for:

Dr Peter Fong

Dr Fritha Hanning

Dr Carmel Jacobs

Dr Mike McCrystal

Dr Osama Salih

Email:

dale.tappin@ canopycancercare.co.nz

Justine Nathan

Justine Nathan

Scheduler for:

Dr Joanna Jones

Dr Michelle Head

Dr Elliott Brenman

Dr Richard North

Email: 

justine.nathan@ canopycancercare.co.nz

What is brain cancer?

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

Signs and Symptoms

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:

Risk factors

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:


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What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control.

Classification

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

  • estrogen receptors
  • progesterone receptors
  • and HER2 protein

About 10 – 20% of breast cancers are triple-negative breast cancers.


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What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs.

Types of lung cancer

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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What is colorectal cancer?

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.


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What is gastro-intestinal (GI) 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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What is genitourinary (GU) cancer?

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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What are gynaecological cancers?

Gynaecological cancers are cancers that start in a woman’s reproductive system including:


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What are Neuroendocrine Tumours (NETs)

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:


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What is head and neck cancer?

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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What is Haematological cancer?

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.


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What is skin cancer?

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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