After Cancers Blog

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'? We've all come across medical information  on the Web, which we know is dubious. A Wall Street Journal examination found Facebook Inc. and YouTube are being flooded with scientifically dubious and potentially harmful information about...

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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  They could be a reason why it's hard to lose weight  By definition, processed food is a food item that has had a series of mechanical or chemical operations performed on it to change or preserve it.   Yet the many of us rely on a...

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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 It was the Swiss who announced  "Gender-based approaches to studying and treating disease have remained largely unexplored in medical oncology.... sex is a major factor in disease risk and response to treatment.  This seems to have...

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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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Persevere with the NHS

The NHS is funded by us - that's every UK taxpayer It is NOT free - my calculations on the back of an envelope work out that the average tax payer contributes between £3,000 -  £4,500 per person per year to fund this;  this also helps to pay for those who aren't...

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How to re-book a cancelled appointment

NHS blames us for appointments' debacle If you see a notice like this on the Outpatients wall, take it with a pound of salt and cynicism. This is all part of the NHS culture; often far from the truth.  Recently I was part of an NHS committee; it was fairly high up...

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