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The ‘cancer drugs scandal’: decision-making and the need to involve patients at every level

When will there be the level of user involvement in healthcare necessary to ensure patients get the information they need to make the decisions they want? ‘Nothing about us without us’: patients need the opportunity to be included in multidisciplinary … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – short video explains reality

TIME FOR HONESTY – This short video presents the true picture of breast screening programmes in a very easy to understand format. How shocking that this harmful ‘industry’ is allowed to continue (NHS BSP) and the age limit extended at … Continue reading

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A Valentine contribution for the Creative Writing Group

February 14 ‘Thanks’, I say. ‘How sweet! – Cadbury’s Milk Tray’. The annual, unimaginative, unwanted treat. You: ‘It’s nothing.’ True! But you think it will do… When we were 6 and fell in love, you promised a jewel in exchange … Continue reading

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Humanising healthcare: Robin Youngson

“We need people who do not doubt our good intentions, but are prepared to tell us things others are not” – Dr Helen Williamson, RCPath, p 185 in ‘Nothing Personal, disturbing undercurrents in cancer care’. I was fortunate to have … Continue reading

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Nothing personal, disturbing undercurrents in cancer care. Radcliffe Publishing.

Winner, Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award; essay prize, RC Nursing; ‘a landmark for the patient voice’ – Macmillan Cancer Support (Exchange). Excerpt 6 Chapter 6, page 23 – 30 ‘He’s telling me the tumour is in the anal canal, … Continue reading

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What cancer patients need

The 2013 Britain Against Cancer Conference (All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC) Central Hall, Westminster 10th December http://www.appg-cancer.org.uk ) was organised around cancer priorities for the new NHS within 5 Domains. Domain 1: ‘Preventing people from dying prematurely’ focuses on … Continue reading

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Compassionate living

I just saw this on Facebook: ‘A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it … Continue reading

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