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Loneliness

Loneliness is probably the worst 'unseen' disease today. However positive you try to be, cancer is something most people have when they are old, and they can easily find themselves facing survival on their own, with all the problems that can cause. As usual,...

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NHS becoming the National Hangover Service

In our area of London this depicts a familiar sight, with drunks male and female.  Go into A & E any Friday or Saturday night, and you learn  "interesting" new words whilst you watch them fall around, when the Police or Ambulance crews waste  valuable time...

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Alice in Wonderland and the DWP

Have you 'lost' benefits? The Minister at Dept. Work and Pensions, who sets out policies for paying benefits, etc., is The Rt Hon. David Gauke MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Why is he entitled to call himself Rt. Honourable, when he has just presided...

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Art Therapy – having fun after cancer

Many hospitals and support centres offer art classes as therapy   From dabblers to artists, producing something creative is proven to be beneficial for survivors.  Recently the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing announced "Arts on...

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Being ‘Racist’ could help some patients

Sometimes all those tick boxes on 'ethnic origin' don't paint the complete picture - we need to make use of people's knowledge and background I don't mean to offend people, but as a patient, every time I fill in a form that asks me what is my Ethnic origin, I wonder...

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Nobel prize for Cancer research

Why I am grateful for Dana-Farber Cancer Hospital I have many reasons to be grateful to this hospital.  I've never been a patient, but the news that their Dr. William G. Kaelin, had been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Medicine made me very happy. Why am a fan of...

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Are do-gooders hi-jacking our lives?

Do petitions clutter your in-box ? Is it all getting too much? Can't even remember what you support? Londoners are constantly in the thick of demonstrations.  When these started many of us joined in.  But gradually we discovered those marching were often there because...

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NHS is getting more money – or is it?

Thank you to all who sent emails To all of you who answered my plea on https://aftercancers.com/cancer-care-shame/ and sent an email to your MP and/or Simon Stevens - thank you. Judging by my website stats. there were a lot of you. How it works Nothing much will...

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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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