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Helping cancer patients through the dark patches

More and more people are surviving cancer, but as I mentioned in my last blog ‘You are not alone: life after cancer’ that can just mean another chapter opening – and in this ‘Cancer-Talk’ I want to shine the spotlight on my local Holistic Centre and how it has helped get me through some dark […]

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My first bowel cancer anniversary !

As bonfire night falls, I’m reminded that exactly a year ago I was sitting down with a doctor at Middlesbrough’s One Life Centre to be told that I could have bowel cancer. It was a strange discussion! I had been referred by my own GP Dr Inder Basson for a colonoscopy after spotting signs of […]

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Coping with chemotherapy

It is now two months since starting my second round of chemotherapy and I’d like to share thoughts about coping with the side effects through post-op recovery in the hope of helping others. I had some idea what to expect after being put on a five-week course of chemo alongside daily radiotherapy to shrink my […]

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How cancer treatment is a bit like Snakes and Ladders!

It can feel like a game of Snakes and Ladders when you are undergoing cancer treatment. One moment you are rushing up the board, with MRI and CT scans and radiotherapy to attack the beast inside you. And then, with a poor throw the dice, you come crashing back down to earth with a delayed […]

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Handling your cancer operation and the after effects!

This has proved the hardest blog to write in my ‘Cancer-talk’ series because many of the things I thought would happen with my bowel cancer operation didn’t and I’m still in a twirl from the after effects a month later, which have just taken a sudden turn (see STOP PRESS towards the end of this […]

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Thank goodness Labour built new hospitals

Nic Mitchell explains why he is so glad Labour built a first-class hospital in Middlesbrough equipped with the latest equipment and expertise to fight cancer when they were last in power. I’d like devote this short ‘Cancer-talk’ blog to the importance of the May 7 General Election and its impact on the future of the […]

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What’s radiotherapy and chemo like?

I hope this series of ‘Cancer-talk’ blogs is as helpful to non-cancer patients as it is to those going through treatment, particularly anyone following in my footsteps and undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy prior to an operation. When I left off in my last blog, I said how deflated I felt; not in having being told […]

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Why April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

When you’ve just found out you’ve got bowel cancer, I’m not sure you really want to be told that it is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and that someone dies from it every half an hour. But that’s the startling fact and why April has been designated Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Talking about any […]

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Discovering you have got cancer

Towards the end of 2014, I discovered I had joined the growing number of people in the UK with cancer. That number is likely to hit the 2.5 million mark this year, up 400,000 from five years ago, or so I read in The Guardian on 6 January while waiting for my second dose of […]

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Beating bowel cancer – introducing ‘Cancer-talk’

You are never quite prepared for being told you have cancer. There is still, what shall we call it, a stigma surrounding cancer that makes it difficult to talk about. Even some medical people struggle when talking about it to their patients. That’s at least until they are pretty sure you are not going to […]

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