After Cancers Blog

Are cancer charities losing the plot?

Where has their campaigning spirit gone? According to official statistics, Britain's cancer survival rate has plummeted in the past decade from 13th in Europe to 25th (WHO, NAO, Cancer Research UK, etc)  Deloitte reports "adults with cancer continue to have lower...

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NHS the envy of the world

Laugh - otherwise you'll cry  The saying "NHS is the envy of the world" must come in the same category as Saatchi and Saatchi's "world's favourite airline" slogan for BA .  It was dreamt up as a copy-writer's slogan, but  taken as truth by a gullible public. And...

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Watch out for sneaky sugar in food

Sugar adds calories - whatever it is called Regarded as a villain; thought of as a possible cause of some cancers and all sorts of ills, manufacturers disguise sugar in different ways to make it more acceptable. Livestrong, the US Cancer charity, warns " Sugar is one...

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Is cancer returning?

Possible signs and symptoms of cancer Often Doctors don't tell us, but reading the press and talking to fellow patients, we begin to realise that, rather than giving us immunity, having had cancer we have a chance of getting another dose. For six months I asked GPs,...

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Research on why we experience pain

See our Cookie Policy for details. Accept         New pain organ discovered in the skin Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered a new sensory receptor organ that is able to detect painful mechanical damage, such as pricks and impacts. The...

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‘Five a Day’ is fresh or frozen best?

Advice from Livestrong Don't feel guilty about eating frozen fruit or veg A recent email from Livestrong, the giant US cancer charity, removed the guilt from my shopping. They say "produce selected for freezing is harvested when it's ripe, rather than harvested early...

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Cannabis, NICE and Arrogance

Recently the media was full of stories saying that medical cannabis was to be available on the NHS to help control pain.  Yet so far it seems only two patients had managed to get a prescription.  Friends have to pay to get this, but why? Interviewing Andrew Lansley...

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Overcoming difficulties traveling on bus and tube

A cancer patient has designed a new "Baby on board"-style badge to help people like him get a seat on busy Tube services. - And also buses one supposes One evening I climbed on a bus at Aldgate. As I made my way to the Priority seats, I noticed it was full of men.  I...

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Does cancer need all this fighting talk?

Don't talk of 'Fighting' when dealing with cancer Told I had to 'fight' cancer, when all I wanted to do was follow my treatment plan and work at getting better, I didn't think of it as a fight. As The Guardian says, "language is intended to motivate people and make...

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Your skin during and after cancer treatment

Skin is our largest organ, Reflecting changes in your health, cancer treatment can cause major changes, leaving you with nasties such as this pair of cracked painful feet - or rough, scaly, or flaking skin excessive itching gray or ashy-looking skin in people with...

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New ideas for treating long term side effects

Feeling forgotten - abandond - overlooked? We're excited when told we have fnished treatment.  Some even get to ring a bell.  What we can never imagine is having to deal with numeous problems caused by long term side effects from treatment;.  Some are niggles - others...

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