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Hernia setback to recovery plans

When I left you last time, I had some ‘stop-press’ news that I would be going back into hospital for an operation to sort out a hernia. But I never imagined that I’d be back in the same bed in the same ward at James Cook University Hospital exactly seven weeks after my bowel cancer […]

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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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Getting prepared in mind & body for your cancer op!

When I left you last time, I was preparing to go into James Cook University Hospital for my bowel cancer operation following radiotherapy and chemo treatment. Now, I am out the other side – having been allowed home after only three nights for good behaviour! Quite a feat as I ended up having open surgery, […]

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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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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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