Macmillan Cancer Support

Why I Decided to 'Live Flat' After Breast Cancer - and Ended Up on EastEnders

Gill Roberts | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gill Roberts

At the diagnosis appointment my surgeon went straight on to suggest a mastectomy followed by a stomach tuck to reconstruct a new breast, and explained how they'd have to reduce the other breast as I was fairly well endowed and it was unlikely they could reconstruct to match.

Celebrating Life Helped Me Face the Prospect of Death

Waheed Nasim | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Waheed Nasim

I knew that I might not survive. The cancer was highly aggressive and the surgeries were very risky, carrying a 50% percent paralysis risk. At times I was tempted to focus on the injustice of it all. I'd done nothing to deserve this, but no cancer patient ever does. So, instead of staring hopelessly at the bleakness of my situation I determined to be positive...

I Had to Walk the Great Wall of China Before I Could Face My Mother's Death

Linzi Marks | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Linzi Marks

Looking back I realised that if I hadn't joined the challenge and stood there at that point in time, I might never have addressed all of the built-up pain and emotion that was eating away inside me. It gave me the safe space I needed to open up and really start healing.

I Lost My Husband to Skin Cancer: Don't Repeat My Mistakes

Lyndsay Bateman | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Lyndsay Bateman

Deep down, we know that we should be safe in the sun. I certainly knew it, but my husband Graham thought he was 'indestructible' and so he didn't wear sun cream. It's only now, as a widow after Graham was cruelly snatched away by skin cancer when he was just 43 years old, that I can't believe I didn't act differently and make him protect himself.

What I Learnt Caring for My Partner With Cancer

Juliet Bouverie | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Juliet Bouverie

Ten years later, what are my reflections on my experience as a carer? First, I never saw myself as a carer. The word 'carer' implies forced responsibilities. I was simply and overwhelmingly John's girlfriend who only wanted the best for him. We had wonderful times together - cancer isn't all bad - and his illness only made us appreciate each other even more.

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Two

Hugh Salmon | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Last time, I discussed the need for the NHS to differentiate between 'treatment' and 'care'. In the last week, three stories have emerged to support this view..

Waiting to Benefit

Ciaran Devane | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Ciaran Devane

Jodie is 31 and lives in London, last October she was given the devastating news that she had breast cancer. A few weeks later she was told it had spread to her bones. She had to give up work almost immediately and suddenly found herself with barely enough money to live on. Jodie was advised by her nurse to apply for the Personal Independence Payment, the UK's main disability benefit, which would offer her some financial support. She applied in November, but seven months on and she is still waiting to find out if she is eligible. She is now at crisis point, struggling to pay for day-to-day expenses such as food and bills. This is unacceptable.

The Trouble With Men and Cancer

Robert Ince | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Ince

Let's face it, men are rubbish at talking seriously about their health. Other than sporadically airing my own health-related neuroses, my own previous form on serious cancer talk is questionable. Other than a mere cursory chat to a friend about his mother's breast cancer diagnosis, it's probably zero.

The April Fools' Day Prank That Was For A Very Good Cause

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Comedy

We thought we'd give a special mention to one April Fools' Day prank we missed during our coverage yesterday. Wynsors shoes have devoted a few page...

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.

Austerity Is No Excuse for the Public Sector to Fail Employees With Cancer

Ciaran Devane | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Ciaran Devane

For people with cancer, being able to continue in or return to work can help them reclaim their life from the disease. It can provide a return to normality, restore their identity and self-esteem, and ease financial worries. But at Macmillan Cancer Support we know that people with cancer often face difficulties at work after their diagnosis. More than four in 10 people who are working when diagnosed have to make changes to their working lives, with almost half of them changing jobs or leaving work. There are more than 100,000 people of working age diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK.

Socialising When Sober, Can It be Done?

Nicole Davis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nicole Davis

So saying no to a drink for a month, when surrounded by shots, 21st birthday parties and bar crawls, has certainly proved a challenge. I wasn't exactly pacing the floors looking for a mini-bar a la Denzel Washington in Flight, but I did feel an apprehension that I hadn't before experienced when going out.

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?

Bowel Cancer: The Great Escape

Kenny McDonald | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny McDonald

I decided to share my bowel story after reading about some seriously and terminally ill people sharing their experiences, as well reading news at the time that bowel cancer rates among men in the UK have risen by nearly 30 percent in 35 years.

Breast Cancer Patients Have Higher Survival Rates If They Take Full Course Of Drugs

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

More than 400 lives and £30 million a year could be saved if breast cancer patients took their full course of drugs, according to research. Women ...

Skin Cancer Charity Warn Against Using Sunburn To 'Deepen' Tan

PA | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A cancer charity has raised concerns about the number of people who admit that they sunburn on purpose in order to "deepen" their tan. Macmillan Ca...

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.

Half Of Britons Will Develop Cancer In Their Lifetime By 2020

Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

In just seven years' time almost one out of every two people will be expected to get cancer during their lifetime, a charity has warned. Macmillan ...

Cancer's Hidden Price Tag

Ciaran Devane | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK
Ciaran Devane

Everyone knows cancer is one of the toughest fights anyone can face. Struggling with gruelling treatment and dealing with the emotional impact of a diagnosis is difficult enough. What many people don't realise is that cancer is an expensive disease.

Study Reveals Cancer Costs Average Patient £570 Per Month

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Having cancer costs the average patient around £570 a month, research suggests. Four in five cancer patients are forced to pay out the "whopping" ...

We Must Avert This 'Miserable Crisis' for Older People

Ciaran Devane | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

Over the next 20 years the number of over-65s living with cancer will more than double, from around 1.3 million in 2010 to close to 3 million by 2030. Today, around one in eight over-65s will have received a cancer diagnosis; by 2030, this will be more like one in five.

The Loneliness of Cancer Patients Is a Sad Indictment of Society

Ciaran Devane | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

One in four people newly diagnosed with cancer in the UK will lack support from family or friends during their treatment and recovery - that's more than an estimated 70,000 people every year not getting help at a time when they need it more than ever. Of those, around a third - an estimated 20,000 people each year - will receive no support whatsoever, facing cancer completely alone.

Improving Care for Older Cancer Patients

Ciaran Devane | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

The moral imperative to root out ageism in the NHS now has legal backing, following the recent expansion of the age-related provisions of the 2010 Equality Act to include services. All public sector organisations must eliminate unequal treatment on the grounds of age. But where do we start in cancer care?

'Too Many' Cancers Diagnosed In A&E

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Almost a quarter of people are not diagnosed with cancer until they are admitted to hospital as an urgent case, research suggests. The National Can...

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.