After Cancers Blog

Been Working As A Patient Rep

Been working as a Patient Rep for over year, trying to curb the mis-placed ideas of management consultants;  where does the NHS find these companies that are totally divorced from reality? Latest idea is WHOLE SYSTEMS – new way of caring for OAPs.  We had...

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Informative Letter From My Lovely Nail Doctor

Had an informative letter from my lovely Nail Doctor, who keeps an eye on my painfully splitting nails.  They are recovering.  His very information letter says he also ‘deals’ with Hair – so he could be just the person to tell me what to do with...

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Europa Donna – organisation for Patients with Brains

One good thing to come out of EU is Europa Donna - and we can still be members after Brexit Europa Donna is a pan-European member organisation, with some very senior members of European Breast Cancer medical communities in membership, They often invite members to...

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Your face needs a Facial in this heat!

A GOOD Facial works wonders - especially now Suddenly, sunshine shows up stressed skin, especially if you don't wear make-up.  Skin dries out, and the mirror makes you look older. So a facial is 100% essential!  If only to keep skin hydrated in summer's warmth.  It's...

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Being involved in shaping the NHS

Now I know why NHS is 'not fit for purpose' They employ Management Consultants to guide every new 'plan'  Management Consultants such as KPMG, McKinsey, etc. are excellent at advising companies what needs go be done - but not so good at dealing with human problems, as...

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Survivors learn to self-refer

Side effects from cancer drugs often show after  treatment Unless you are very lucky, your GP is someone who is faced with Government paperwork, staff problems, not enough time and only basic knowledge on cancer - NOT good enough. And no time to keep up with all the...

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What’s happened to Macmillan cancer charity?

Macmillan caught in multiple cold calling of Charity Donors They still haven't learnt - this week press stories highlighted how Macmillan, Cancer Research UK and Cancer Support UK "paid investigators for information on ... income, value of homes and friendship...

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Translating doctor-speak

Fun way to decide what Doctors mean   Very much tongue-in-cheek Yorkshire folk have the lowest stress rate because they do not understand the seriousness of most medical terminology". This, and definitions below, were sent by a fellow cancer patient, who also...

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KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid

What part of K.I.S.S can't the NHS understand?      NHS uses sledgehammers to crack nuts Coming up with new 'initiatives' at regular intervals.  Wasting staff time, worrying patients and costing money to plan and set up.  Currently the NHS is in a flap about latest:...

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Little Tips

Wacky ideas that might help Although I try to only include information that comes from reputable sources (hospitals, official European cancer centres, recognised research centres, etc.), ocassionally I get sent hints and tips that apparently have worked for their...

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