Central Leader : April 27th 2011
3 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 27, 2011 NEWS urday 30th April m until 12pm Satu 10am 64a Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Phone: 629 5140 www.kidicorp.co.nz Kidicorp for happy, confident learners Open Day Edukids Stoddard Road ✔ Refreshments provided ✔ Fun activities for children ✔ Meet our passionate teache ✔ Guided tours of our centre 0 rs VIEW TODAY LIMITED SPACES www.royaloakmall.co.nz 691 Manukau Rd, Royal Oak, Auckland Tel: 09 625 4239 • Fax 09 625 8617 Email: email@example.com at Royal Oak Shopping Mall this Mother's Day, Sunday 8th May. your Mum, Nan or Gran, a Pamper Prize Win Simply spend $10 or more at any Royal Oak Shopping Mall Retailer from Saturday 23rd April to Saturday 7th May, fill out an entry form, place in Entry Box located on the Mezzanine Level and go into the draw to win a Mystery Envelope. Each envelope contains a Mother 's Day Mall Pamper Prize for some lucky Mum, Nan or Gran. We have 7 Prizes to giveaway, total value of over $750.00 New cancer scanner Saving lives: The fourth PET CT scanner in New Zealand means some cancer patients will no longer have to travel to Australia for assessment. Ascot Radiology principal radiologist David Rogers with Prime Minister John Key. Photos: JASON OXENHAM By MICHELLE COOKE World class equipment: Principal radiologist David Rogers shows Prime Minister John Key a close-up view. Fewer Kiwi cancer patients will travel to Australia for assessments now that a new scanning centre has opened in Greenlane. A PET CT scanning machine can detect early stages of cancer and provide clinicians with more compre- hensive analysis than they have had access to in the past. Ascot Radiology's new PET positron emission tomogra- phy CT scanning centre was officially opened last week by Prime Minister John Key. It is the second of its kind in Auckland and the fourth machine in the country. But access to PET CT scan- ning in New Zealand is still well behind other first-world countries. PET CT scanning is the most advanced diagnostic tool in the world for identifying and fighting cancer and assisting doctors in determining the most appro- priate form of treatment. The technology fuses ana- tomical and physiological assessments. Ascot Radiology prin- cipal radiologist David Rogers says the com- bination of PET and CT scanning is bet- ter than either method used alone. It uses less radi- ation than CT scan- ning and can detect early stages of can- cer by assessing glu- cose content. Tumours use more glucose than other body tissue and on a PET image, the doctor can see where the body is using glucose. Many patients will already have received signifi- cant doses of radiation during their treatment and future exposure to any level of radi- ation is a concern,'' Dr Rogers says. Investing in a more expensive scanner that allowed us to reduce radi- ation dose was an obvious decision.'' Northern Cancer Network director and oncologist Rich- ard Sullivan says PET scan- ning informs clinicians of the best treatment for the patient which could be radiotherapy, chemotherapy, sur- gery or a combin- ation. We can basically get it done in a more timely fashion which means we can start to make decisions for people,'' he says. By providing improved and more detailed imaging, clinicians can determine the most appropriate treatment and in some cases, avoid unnecessary invasive sur- gery.'' He says it has proven par- ticularly useful in picking up the early stages of lung can- cer, lymphoma and brain tumours. About a third of all lung cancer patients have had their treatment changed after a PET CT scan. Mr Key spoke of his government's commitment to health funding. Cancer is, as we know, one of the biggest killers in New Zealand,'' he says. The National Party pledged in 2008 that it would take only six weeks for cancer patients to receive treatment However, it is now reducing that time-frame to four weeks. We know if we can start treatment early we can save lives,'' he says. He says next month's budget will see an increase in health and education expen- diture but other areas will suffer because of this. IN BRIEF Harvard-bound A chance to attend Harvard was what International Baccalaureate Diploma graduate Taehwan Shin dreamed of when he applied to the prestigious American university this year. The Mt Eden resident has now been accepted and is getting ready to leave for the start of semester in August. ''It's fantastic. I didn't expect this at all. There are so many other amazing candidates. I checked my confirmation email three times,'' he says. Mr Shin also received a full financial aid scholarship worth more than $50,000 a year so he can study without having to worry about expenses. ''The financial aid covers tuition, board, visa, travel and personal expenses,'' he says. Although Mr Shin had set his heart on studying biomedical engineering, he is now looking at the possibility of molecular and cellular biology. ''I'm not sure what I'll major in, my plans aren't set in stone yet. ''I'll use my first year to explore my options.'' Plunket auction A one-of-a-kind charity auction is under way to celebrate Kiwi mums with all proceeds going to Plunket to support families displaced by the Christchurch earthquake. The auction will take place in time for Mother's Day with items donated by the likes of Pippa Wetzell, Sarah Ulmer, Sara Tetro, Trelise Cooper, Carol Hirschfeld, Michelle A'Court, Jackie Clarke and Polly Gillespie. Plunket centres around New Zealand have noticed an increase in demand for services to help displaced parents and children of Christchurch. Chief executive Jenny Prince says money raised will enable the organisation to support families and whanau with babies and toddlers affected. The auction is running on TradeMe and closes on May 5. Every auction winner will receive a gift basket of Johnsons baby products. See http://trade.me/ plunket_nz to view the auction or see www.plunket.org.nz to make an online donation.
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