Chemotherapy

Every Three Weeks I Let Cancer Win A Battle

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 08.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Wiltcher

Sometimes I imagine my cancer as a stationmaster. A faceless man striding up and down the platform, checking his watch and blowing his whistle before The Last Train For Survival inches away.

Love Is All Around Us (Even In My Chemo Unit)

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Wiltcher

Richard Curtis once wrote that, 'love is everywhere', and none more so than at the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. I disagree. You'll find more love in my local chemo unit, but it's a different sort of love. It's deeper somehow. More evolved. Tinged with sadness but always driven by an overriding sense of hope.

What I Didn't Know About Childhood Blood Cancer

Melody Berthoud | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Parents
Melody Berthoud

I didn't know it was possible to have chemo and not be sick or lose your hair. The intensive chemo regimen made Andrew's hair fall out and made him throw up every day for nine months. However, for two and a half years after this the maintenance chemotherapy just kept things at bay whilst he looked every inch the 'normal' little boy with a mop of crazy hair.

Cancer: A Series Of Compromises I Don't Want To Make

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Parents
Catherine Wiltcher

Then there are the ones that cut really deeply, like the immovable oncology appointment that means I won't be able to pick Jess up after her first day next Monday, not to mention the months and months of watching my children's faces dissolve into tears when I tell them that I can't play with them again because I'm feeling poorly.

Mum Almost Gave Up Cancer Treatment - Now She's One Of The Busiest People I Know

Kate Todd | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Todd

Because of all the stomach pains she'd been having, doctors told Mum that they thought she might have appendicitis. But Mum was found to have a cyst on her ovary the size of a large grapefruit and further tests revealed it was actually a cancerous tumour. After surgery to remove the tumour, Mum had chemotherapy. Six weeks later she and Clive got married.

How Science Is Unlocking The Cancer Medicines Of The Future

Dr Sheuli Porkess | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Sheuli Porkess

While there have been major advances in drug development in recent years, systemic treatments like chemotherapy remain the standard of care for most patients. As anyone who has been through chemotherapy knows, it affects the whole body aggressively and causes serious side effects, taking a physical and emotional toll.

The Next Five Things I Did To Survive Terminal Cancer... 23 Years Later

Curly Martin | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Curly Martin

Chemotherapy can have profound effects on the body and the mind. When I started my chemo journey I had no idea how it would affect me and I was truly scared. I had already been told my cancer was terminal with a life expectancy of 9 months and I saw no reason to question what treatment the medical profession had planned for me

Skincare Tips For Cancer Patients

Ruth Romano | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Style
Ruth Romano

We all know about the more common side effects of cancer treatment but perhaps less well known are the effects on skin. The one and only mention of skincare during my treatment was a quick statement by one of the nurses when she said, 'your skin might be more sensitive than usual.' Other than that, there was no advice or further information provided.

Living To Love Chemotherapy

Lawrence Saez | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lawrence Saez

Unlike other cancer patients, I have been very fortunate that the side effects from chemo have been quite tolerable. I suffer from mild neuropathy, namely there is some numbness and sensitivity to cold on my fingertips and the plants of my feet. I have had some thinning of the hair and I get tired more easily when I climb stairs.

Makeup Artist Recreates Cara Delevingne's Metallic Sprayed-On Hair For Little Girl With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Susan Devaney | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Style

A makeup artist recreated Cara Delevingne’s beauty look from this year’s Met Gala for a young cancer patient and it’s incredible. Glamsquad Mak...

Questions, Questions, Questions: Starting Chemotherapy And What To Expect

Anikka Burton | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anikka Burton

One of the scariest things about starting chemotherapy is knowing what to expect and how your body will react. Will I lose my hair? Will I feel really ill? How will my body change and will this all happen straight away as soon as I start my treatment? Questions, questions, questions...

The Intimate Combination Of Anxiety And Accepting I Had Cancer, At 19

Florence Hastings | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Florence Hastings

Firstly, and mainly, being diagnosed is a very hard process to fully accept. Once this is done, it is easy to move on with your life, enjoy life and make friends again.

Dietician Shares Her Top Tips On What To Eat During Chemotherapy

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When enduring chemotherapy, patient’s appetites can take a huge hit. “For many people living with cancer, their relationship with food can be dif...

What They Don't Tell You About Getting Cancer at 22 Years Old

Sam Williams | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

My cancer has made me a more anxious person, compared to the incredibly confident young woman I was before. Nothing ever worried me. Now I get upset easier. I've had a big reality check. But I'm working, I'm living my life, and as you read this I'll be fulfilling a lifelong dream by travelling around Asia for three months with my best friend. This is what I should have been doing when I left university. This is why I've been so frustrated.

Chemo Cookery Club - January 2017 - It's Fitness Month

Penny Ericson | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Ericson

In her letter, Kimberley promised her body that throughout treatment and the unknown consequences she would take heed of 'chemo warriors' experiences' (my words) and do everything she could to nourish her body to give it every chance of coping with what was to come. What a great attitude!

7-Year-Old Left With One Eyelash After Cancer Treatment, Celebrates As Lashes Grow Back

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents

A seven-year-old girl who was left with just one solitary eyelash following cancer treatment, is celebrating her lashes growing back. Hayley Brown, fr...

Keeping It Cool: Dealing With Cancer Treatment And Young Kids

Zuzana Brianza | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK Parents
Zuzana Brianza

It's hard to tell to what extent are my children responsible for the fatigue, headaches and muscle pain and what is the side effects from the meds. It doesn't even matter, what matters is that I'm going to see them growing up.

A Letter To My Body On The Eve Of Chemotherapy

Kimberley Burbidge | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kimberley Burbidge

I promise to do my best to eat well, however little I may want to. I will adhere to the practical insights of chemo survivors. Above all I will keep warm. Peripheral neuropathy, in which the nerves at the extremities of the body, fingers and toes, are attacked is very common with my type of chemo, oxaliplatin

Seeing Is Believing. A Desire To Personify My Cancer

Kimberley Burbidge | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kimberley Burbidge

Cancer feels to me like a faceless foe. People talk of fighting, and beating cancer, but how can you fight what you cannot comprehend or see? At some point soon my fight will involve chemotherapy; transparent, toxic and potent fluids committed to fighting for me.

This Makeup Tutorial Can Help Cancer Patients Look Good And Feel Better

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Style

A charity that believes trying to keep a positive attitude is “vital” for cancer patients is aiming to raise their spirits during daunting times. ...

Scientists Are Treating Cancer With Bubbles

Dr. Sam Godfrey | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Tech
Dr. Sam Godfrey

Beating cancer and helping others can be a huge motivator for scientists like me, but for many of us, it's also the journey into the unknown, the technical challenge, the never-ceasing wonder that attracts us to a career in science.

My Baby's Fight For Life Started On The Day He Was Born...

Sarah Carter | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Carter

Our journey started on the day that Milo was born. Although my pregnancy scans had not picked up any problems, Milo was struggling to breathe and when...

New Drug Increases Life Expectancy Of Pancreatic Cancer Patients

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Tech

A groundbreaking new drug has extended the lives of people with metastatic pancreatic cancer, with seemingly no negative side effects. The IMM-101 dru...

GHD Launches Free Beauty Tutorials For Women With Cancer Related Hair Loss

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Style

‘You are not defined by your hair’ is not a slogan you’d expect to hear from a brand famed for hair styling products, but GHD’s latest campaig...

An Open Letter to the 'Non-Cancer Community'

Jess Terry | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Terry

While I cannot be thankful for my cancer in most respects, we need to be grateful for my doctors and treatments for giving me the chance to fight this illness. And if there ever comes a time when the treatments no longer work, I need you all to know that I will always be grateful for having lived my life with you in it. And I hope you feel the same about me.