Women With Breast Cancer Not Told About Infertile Risks

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Young women with breast cancer are not being told enough about how treatment can leave them infertile, a charity has warned. A survey for Breast Ca...

Why We Must Support the Saatchi Medical Innovation Bill

Charlotte Kitley | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Charlotte Kitley

This is why the Saatchi Medical Innovation Bill is so important. This bill will give doctors the opportunity to consider new drugs or techniques that could go on to save the lives of people like me. People who at the moment are written off as incurable, where the best I am offered is a comfortable quality of (shortened) life.

Should You Be Pushy With Your GP? Professor Haslam Thinks So

Karin Sieger | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), says in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that patients should be more pro-active about their health and 'pushier' with their GPs. How realistic is his view, and where does our responsibility towards ourselves as patients start and that of a medical professional end?

Is Laughter the Best Medicine? Hope, Laughter and Friendship - What You May Not Expect on a Cancer Ward

Charlotte Kitley | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Kitley

If you've never been on a chemo ward, you'd be forgiven for thinking it would be full of people hooked up to machines, looking thin, grey, exhausted. And to a degree, you'd be right. We are all hooked up to machines. However, what you perhaps don't expect is the inspiration, comradeship, hope and laughter that spills from the room.

Self-help Strategies to Deal With Chemotherapy

Karin Sieger | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Cancer treatment varies depending on the nature and progression of the disease. It can focus on eliminating cancer tumours and cells, slowing down or stabilising the spread of the disease.

The Personal Crisis of Cancer

Karin Sieger | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Often people feel that they have been replaced by cancer; that their lives and who they are has been reduced to cancer; that their past achievements, dreams and ambitions no longer count for anything. How to cope? And how do others around us cope?

Amish Girl Denied Chemotherapy For Leukaemia By Parents Has Treatment Restored By Court

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK

A 10-year-old Amish girl suffering from a life-threatening disease will have her treatment restored by an Ohio hospital, despite her parents’ demand...

Why Being Loved Might Just Save Your Life

Ciaran Devane | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

If I claimed that being in a loving relationship could increase your chances of surviving cancer more than chemotherapy does, how much evidence would you say I needed to back that up? How about a study involving almost three-quarters of a million people?

Blood Pressure Tablet May Fight Cancer By Aiding Chemotherapy Drugs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Commonly-used blood pressure drug losartan could aid chemotherapy by opening up collapsed blood vessels in solid tumours. Scientists have improved ...

Survivor Is Exactly the Right Word

William Davie | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

What really caught my eye about the article was the fact that it used the word "survive". They won't recover from cancer. They will survive it. I know that it was meant in the sense that they won't die from it, but it struck me in a completely different way. From my perspective you don't recover from cancer. You simply survive it if you are lucky.

Could Beta Blockers Boost Effects Of Chemotherapy?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Beta blocker drugs, normally used for high blood pressure, could enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapies in treating neuroblastoma, a type of chil...

Yippee, I'm on the Final Straight of Cancer Treatment! So Why Do I Feel Like Crap?

Laura Price | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

Only, hang on... Why do I feel more depressed than I've felt at any point during my eight-month cancer journey? Oh, that's right, it's because there is no "final straight" for cancer survivors. Cancer is a life-long journey. It doesn't stop when the treatment ends.

Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas Is My Hair Back

Laura Price | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

Dear Santa, I never imagined I would spend most of the year fighting breast cancer. Please bring me a full head of hair in 2013 and a cancer-free future for me and all those I love!

'I Had No Choice, My Son Was On A Radiotherapy Conveyor Belt'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK

A woman who ran away with her seven-year-old son to stop him having cancer treatment said she had "no choice" because she felt she was on a "conveyor ...

Ten Things I Like About Cancer

Laura Price | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

The whole experience has brought me closer to my family, it's made me reassess what I want from life and it has made me appreciate how lucky I am for everything I've got. And all I've lost is a bit of boob.

My Chemotherapy Diary: Part III - The Ice Torture

Laura Price | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

Unfortunately, I get myself all worked up before the session and feel sick by association - just the sight and smell of the hospital make me retch and I have to whip my wig off lest I puke all over it. (Advantages of Wigs #103: You don't need anyone to hold your hair back when you're sick.)

My Chemotherapy Diary: Part II

Laura Price | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

An hour or so after the usual blood test, the oncologist comes into my room and draws the curtain around me for privacy. Uh oh, bad news.

How to Lose Your Hair in 10 Easy Steps (Ideally During Chemotherapy)

Laura Price | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

Ok, let me first make it clear that I am in no way urging you to try these steps at home. Hair loss is one of the things we most commonly associate with cancer and chemotherapy, so I decided to make light of my experience and share with you the unfortunate steps of my road to bald-dom.

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.

My Breast Cancer Diary: Surgery And A Bit Of Boob

Laura Price | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

Reactions to my breast cancer diagnosis were varied. An older, male, former colleague simply sent a one-line email that said, "Better get the box sets in then." (He has been similarly helpful and supportive ever since.)

Could Chemotherapy Boost Cancer Growth?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Chemotherapy can backfire by helping healthy body cells to fuel treatment-resistant cancer and growth, research has shown. The surprise discovery s...

Curry Spice Tested In Fight Against Cancer

PA | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A UK trial is investigating whether a curry ingredient can improve the treatment of patients with advanced bowel cancer. Scientists will supplement...

Diary of a Cancer Patient: The End of Treatment, Now What?

Laura Smith | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Smith

So, the good news, I had my final scan and I'm in remission. Its taken a while for it to sink in. I don't know if I ever wholly believed I had cancer in the first place, I just went on autopilot, got through the treatment and got to where I am now.

Diary of a Cancer Patient: The End is in Sight

Laura Smith | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Smith

With less than a month now til my last chemotherapy session I am getting frustratingly excited. So close but yet far enough. This past month I have had stronger days and each month I seem to keep getting a bit more able to deal with it. When I first started my chemo back in October 2011, I was on an intensive treatment plan which knocked me down for two months, I could hardly leave the house, ended up hospitalised and generally felt like I was dying.

Diary of a Cancer Patient: Getting a Bit Bored of Chemotherapy

Laura Smith | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Smith

I'm now in month three of chemotherapy and I'll be honest, I'm extremely proud of how I am getting through it if I do say so myself. I'm not sure sometimes how I am finding the inner strength to deal with it all, but right now I've hit a bit of a lull.