After Cancers Blog

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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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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NHS v. Private – playing them at their own game

Warch out for massive NHS contract tendering It's quiet on the NHS tendering front - for the moment - but watch out for a flurry of activity once the Party Conferences get underway. Politics has given us a leader who slips on banana skins: buying illegal water cannon,...

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Mouth sores

Soothing Mouth Sores Dealing with those tiny sores that cause agony! There are prescription and over-the-counter mouth rinses that can be used to ease mouth pain during chemotherapy.  You may need to try several - what works for one might not work for you. Sadly,...

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The State of Medicine

Latest book on the NHS Reading Margaret McCartney's thoughtful book, The State of Medicine, had my eyes out on sticks.  Written by an NHS Doctor, it is an honest appraisal of a health service ' unraveling, under-funded and under pressure'.  A glaringly honest...

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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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