Specialist Oncology Nurse - Gastro-intestinal
Specialist Oncology Nurse - Genitourinary
Specialist Oncology Nurse - Haematology
Auckland Team Leader
Clinical Nurse Manager - Auckland
Specialist Oncology Nurse - Brain, Head & Neck, Renal and Skin
Specialist Oncology Nurse - Breast
Clinical Nurse Manager - Tauranga
Clinical Nurse Manager - Whangarei
Specialist Oncology Nurse - Lung
Clinical Nurse Manager - Rotorua
Clinical Nurse Manager - Hawke's Bay
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Nurse Specialist & Nurse Prescriber
Specialist Nurse - Gastro-intestinal and Neuro-Endocrine (NET)
Specialist Nurse - Gynaecological
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:
Drs Reuben Broom, Mike McCrystal, Naera Waters and Abbey Wrigley make up the Canopy breast team in Auckland. Dr Joanna Jones covers the Bay of Plenty region, with Lisa Dawson and Abbey Wrigley in Whangarei.
This world class specialist oncology team has extensive experience in breast cancer in the fields of research, education and patient care.
The Oncologists are supported by Specialist Breast Nurse Chelsea Prout.
If you have an adult or young adult patient with breast cancer requiring an opinion regarding systemic treatments or symptomatic management, please contact Canopy Cancer Care with a referral to the Breast Team.
Canopy specialises in the care of patients requiring cancer treatment with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, antibody therapy, hormone therapy and more targeted therapies.
The following infographics will help explain breast cancer further
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.
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
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.
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.
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: