I have felt the utter heart-rending despair and guilt at the pain my young daughter would have to endure if my leukaemia relapses
But is personalised/precision medicine a route to a healthy world? We would argue that yes, it can be part of the solution for preserving human health globally, but only if we take a much wider viewpoint than is currently adopted by many in the scientific and clinical communities.
I know a lot of people who felt intimidated by trying to say the right thing when they found out I had cancer. Most people are well-intentioned and will say things that they think are harmless or maybe even positive, when sometimes they aren't. For this post, I have collaborated with other cancer fighters and survivors in giving our accounts of things that people said to us during treatment that we wish they didn't.
Metastatic Breast Cancer. The average person struggles to pronounce the word let alone understand what it means.
Losing my wife and soul mate Katie is the most difficult thing I have ever had to face. It is a reality I had never imagined and should never have needed to comprehend, but in many ways, I was fortunate. I don't enjoy writing that, but there is a truth to it.
In the UK, 11 children a day are diagnosed with cancer. In July 2015 one of those 11 was my youngest son, Hugo. What started as a refusal to bear weight on one of his legs resulted, five weeks later, in a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. He was two years old.
When it happened to me, I suddenly exploded and my cancer anger poured out of me. The flood gates, the iron gates, reasoning and rationality, trust and self belief - none was strong enough to hold back the eruption of rage, anger, bitterness, hate, resentment and fear.
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.
'People are being let down by the government.'
The number of cancer patients waiting longer than they should for treatment has skyrocketed in the last five years, Labour