I have started a new interview series and the first interview is with Oncologist, Dr Kate Gregory. Kate works in both Nelson and Wellington and is a fantastic Oncologist – someone who both listens to her patients and advocates for whatever it takes for get the best survival rates.
Kate is also interviewed at the beginning of this video clip. Thank you Kate for your time!
If anyone has any questions for Kate, please comment and I’ll pass them on to Kate.
7 Q and A with Dr Kate Gregory
1. Tell me about your role…
I work mainly in out-patients seeing patients with a new or secondary diagnosis of cancer who may need chemotherapy as part of their treatment. I advise them on what treatment would be recommended, prescribe the drugs and support them through treatment. I also work in the Hospice in Nelson.
2. What made you choose Oncology?
Both my grandmothers died of cancer and neither of them had a good experience or death – I wanted to do it better and I love that I get to know my patients really well through their treatment.
3. What inspires you about the work you do?
The courage and resilience of the patients I meet and seeing how much things are improving in the treatment of cancer.
4. What drives you to do this work?
To make things better for my patients and their families.
5. What are the main messages you want people to hear about breast cancer? Why is that important?
- Go for your mammograms
- Be aware of changes in your breast and get them checked by a professional if you have concerns
- Do not be embarrassed – nobody ever died of embarrassment
6. What are your quick tips for women going through chemotherapy?
- Accept practical help from your friends and family
- Drink lots of water,
- Plan lots of treats to give you other things to focus on
7. What are your quick tips for women who’ve finished treatment and are moving on with life?
- Maintain a health weight
- Eat your fruit and veg
- Exercise regularly
- These things have been proven to improve survival, minimise hot flushes and support your bone density, and
- Put it behind you !