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COG Research Nurse

Advances in design of medical equipment and surgical techniques now permit almost all children receiving treatment for cancer to have a permanent and comfortable in- dwelling tube inserted into the blood- stream known as a central venous line (CVL)  The availability of the CVL means that blood tests, required often on a daily basis for blood counts and other essential monitoring during treatment, can be collected painlessly by sampling the CVL rather than by painful finger pricks or venipunctures.

This position is fully supported by Westmead's, Haematology and Pathology departments.  A registered nurse is available each weekday morning to access the CVLs of all Oncology patients requiring blood tests for their routine treatment, removing the need for hundreds of painful finger pricks each week.

By providing telephone liaison and treatment planning with families each afternoon, the CVL nurse is also a valuable component of the Oncology Unit's participation in clinical trials supervised by the prestigious U.S.-based Clinical Oncology Group, comprising hundreds of similar oncology units through the United States and other countries. The Oncology Unit at Westmead has been a member of C.O.G. since 2000.  Participation in C.O.G. ensures our patients have access to the most up-to-date and reliable treatments for childhood cancer.

Each morning, the CVL/COG Nurse draws blood via central lines from 20-30 outpatients  in the Haematology Department.

In the afternoons the CVL/COG Nurse  conducts essential case management and liaison with families for oncology children enrolled on Clinical Oncology Group trials to help ensure compliance with protocols/treatment programs.

The benefits to the children is painless blood collection, in contrast to the countless finger-pricks they currently endure, as well as advances in treatments obtained through Clinical Oncology Group trials.

In 2002-2004 Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia gave $115,000 for this position at Westmead.


We urge you to consider the children in a hospital near you.  Please donate, post cheques to: Kids with Cancer Foundation, PO Box 135 Westmead NSW 2145 or for credit cards: free-call any donations to 1800 255522, and we guarantee that 100% of these donations will be passed to families, or use this Donate now button or at the top of the page.
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