After Cancers Blog

Unite supports Health Visitors

Not another Strike ! A major result of the current Government cutbacks is strikes. Latest strikes are in support of Health Visitors. Currenty Health visitors employed by Lincolnshire county council, are striking.  Initially this is for six days as they say they are...

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Hair

Hair is so important It's our Crowning Glory, but when cancer comes, hair problems can be devasating.  It doesn’t matter which type of cancer we have, or what we are treated with, today's cancer drugs are no friends to hair. Trying to restore shine to my once glossy...

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Dogs helping humans with cancer diagnosis

Dogs play their part America's Cancer Moonshot initiative was designed to encourage innovation in cancer research.  it's  mission was    “to end to cancer as we know it.” Whilst I was being treated,.one of my dogs was also diagnosed with cancer, so I was interested to...

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Prehabilitation

 Prehabilitation Report  Survivors' needs ignored A Major new report issued by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration calls for changes to the...

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Scams on the Internet

Why do doctors HATE 'Dr. Google'? During Covid-19 we have all spent more time on the Internet.  Experts warn scams on this media are increasing, but surely we are getting more savvy about what we believe? We've all come across medical information  on the Web, which we...

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Simple way to save NHS money

A letter in The Telegraph" A reader in France sent a letter, saying if he needed to see his orthopeadic surgeon, "I would phone the hospital and get an appointment with him and also an X-ray appointment for an hour earlier.  This appointment would be within two to...

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Exploding cancer myths

Blame Social Media for many cancer myths Survivors are frequently bombarded with friends kindly offering suggestions about what they should/should not do now that they have cancer. Myths galore fly around;  The Times even said "Social media blamed for spread of cancer...

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Processed foods

Warning sounds over processed foods  Could these be reason it's hard to lose weight?  We are constantly told there is an exploding obesity crisis threatening us. Celebrities front the latest glitzy diet plan, claiming their plan helped them lose stones in weight....

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Cancer “language” needs updating

Words can mean a lot.  But the language professionals use when talking to us needs an overhaul I am fed up with "just a scratch". No - I want to scream.  Uttering that platitude usually means a painful dig as a nurse remembers to say this, but hasn't been taught how...

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Sleep and Cancer

Getting a restful night’s sleep is a challenge  Pain from cancer itself, fatigue and discomfort from chemotherapy, and medication side effects are a few of the things that make sleep elusive for survivors So whenever I come across a sleeping puppy that just seems to...

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How the Swiss tackle Gender Imbalance

They held a conference in Lausanne Sometimes I think we pay too much attention to 'getting it right' and ensuring sexes are treated 'appropriately', rather than getting on with treating the illness.  It was the Swiss who announced  "Gender-based approaches to studying...

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BBC shoots itself in the foot!

This week the BBC sends me a threatening letter, telling me I am going to have to pay for my once-free TV Licence next year.  Today, another letter from the BBC enclosing a) my free licence up to 31st May 2020, and b) more threats.  If they are so hard-up, hasn't...

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