Cancer Care

Why Are Hospitals Such Depressing Places?

Hannah Partos | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Partos

Being on a cancer ward for the first time can feel a lot like a torture camp. There are screams in the night from neighbouring rooms, sounds of retching; there are unfamiliar figures arriving with sharp instruments and toxic substances.

NHS Cutbacks Are a Very Real Concern for Breast Cancer Patients

Danni Manzi | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danni Manzi

We know that a delay in diagnosing breast cancer can, for some, adversely affect how successful treatment is. Many women tell us that going to their GP about a breast symptom can be terrifying. When someone is brave enough to take this step, then all must be done to support them, ensure they are cared for and referred in a prompt and timely fashion...

Should Cancer Carers Receive Proper Training?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Carers looking after somebody with cancer deliver injections and manage catheters often without any training, a poll has found. More than one in fi...

My Chemotherapy Diary: Part I

Laura Price | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

It takes every ounce of strength in my body not to vomit. I hum and sing to myself as I try to get through the constant waves of nausea and the pounding in my head. The feeling of not knowing what's next is the worst, and I keep a bucket by my bed lest I puke in the night.

Patient Experience Must Not Be a Postcode Lottery

Jagtar Dhanda | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK Politics
Jagtar Dhanda

Earlier this month health secretary Andrew Lansley hailed the 'fantastic' achievements of hospitals across England after the results of this year's national cancer patient experience survey showed three out of five hospital trusts have improved the level of care and support they provide to cancer patients... but it's not the whole story.

And The Nation's Favourite Epitaph Is....

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK

An epitaph offers the final chance to impress the world with your wit and wisdom - and the nation has voted Spike Milligan's "I told you I was ill" as...

Where You Die Does Matter

Ciaran Devane | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

How we treat people at the end of life is the mark of our society and we only get one chance to get it right. It is time to forget about taboos, to find out what people's end of life wishes are and to act now to improve the system so that these can be respected. If we don't, people will continue to die alone in hospital unnecessarily.

The Expansion Condensed

Graeme Keeton | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

Over the past 10 years or so, the Addenbrooke's hospital site just south of Cambridge, has been expanding; improving existing buildings and birthing some altogether brand new facilities.

Cancer Carers 'Missing Out On Vital Benefits'

PA | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK

More than a million people in the UK who care for a loved-one with cancer are potentially missing out on vital support and benefits, according to rese...

Who Is Caring for Cancer Carers?

Ciaran Devane | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Politics
Ciaran Devane

Today, Macmillan Cancer Support launches new research which reveals for the first time the number and profile of people caring for others with cancer. And the results are concerning. Everyone affected by cancer deserves the right support and that includes cancer carers. It is a small simple step which can have such a good and lasting impact on carers. These people who selflessly give of themselves for the benefit of others shouldn't be forgotten any longer.

Expensive Cancer Treatments Giving Patients 'False Hopes', Says Report

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 26.11.2011 | UK

Doctors are giving dying cancer patients “false hopes” by prescribing costly drugs when there is little evidence that they have any benefit, a rep...