Jodie's legacy lives on for cancer patients
LISMORE Base Hospital has welcomed a revolutionary machine responsible for helping thousands of cancer patients keep their hair.
Patients undergoing certain types of cancer treatment regimes will have extra opportunities to access the potential hair-saving treatments thanks to charity Jodie's Legacy, which donated two Paxman Cold Caps valued at $84,000.
The caps are designed to keep a patient's head cool at 20 degrees.
A cool liquid is pumped through a cap worn by the patient before, during and after a treatment session, to reduce blood flow to hair follicles, which may also reduce the loss of hair.
In 2015, Jodie's Inspiration delivered the same items to the oncology unit at St Vincent's Hospital in Lismore, which have since been achieving very pleasing results for female and male patients.
Charity founder Jodie McRae passed away last year after she had battled with breast cancer since 2013.
Charity Chairman Jesse Smith said they are the only machines in our area that are accessible to public patients.
"Those treated at the Cancer Care Unit here in Lismore, many of whom travel from Grafton...and north to Brunswick Heads will potentially benefit,” Mr Smith said.
"Jodie was very committed to helping alleviate some of the emotional distress caused by cancer treatment because she firmly believed it was both a physical and psychological fight.
"Jodie's dream was to ensure that everyone in our area had access to these machines.
"With the delivery of these units, the contribution make by Jodie's Inspiration to our local cancer treatment nears $160,000.
The caps will be available for use in conjunction with certain cancer treatments at the North Coast Cancer Institute - Cancer Care and Haematology Unit in the near future.