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If you’ve noticed that there haven’t been many posts on the Cancer Blog recently, there is a good reason. We’re now posting in the new “Voices” section of the Cancer World website. Please go and have a look. Like the Cancer Blog, the Voices section provides lively viewpoints and analysis from a wide range of people working in, and affected by, cancer.
This blog began nearly three years ago – a spin-off to the European School of Oncology’s Cancer World magazine. Our aim was to provide a regular showcase for opinion that could lead to the conversation, collaboration and change that is so urgently needed in cancer.
Fifty four posts later, that aim – intrinsic to Cancer World – remains. But in recent years the Cancer World website has grown and flourished, and it now seems entirely appropriate that this should be the home of debate, providing a showcase for cancer voices – whether they belong to doctors, researchers, patients, advocates or policy makers.
So we hope you’ll continue to follow us at our new home – and contribute posts too by emailing us your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
I went to a musical… about cancer. A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer was given the song and dance treatment by Complicite Associates and the National Theatre in the UK where has played to packed audiences in Manchester, Exeter and London. An anguished mother is trapped in an oncology waiting room as her… Read More →
The principle of informed consent is supposed to safeguard our rights as patients to accept or reject a proposed medical treatment on the basis of an understanding about the risks and benefits it offers. There are big variations, however, in how it is put into practice, which may impact on the decisions patients take regarding,… Read More →
“There’s nothing more we can do for you. Go home and get palliative care.” That’s probably not the best way to tell someone that the treatment isn’t working, but that’s how one consultant chose to inform our son, Neil, aged 35, that he wasn’t advocating any more chemotherapy for his sarcoma. Not only was it untrue… Read More →
I had no preconceived idea of what ESMO 16 would be like, I applied with an open mind. How would it differ to other conferences in terms of the patient advocacy track would be the litmus test for me as a patient but also an advocate. The Patient Track at ESMO made it feel I… Read More →
Being an oncologist in Romania is an extreme job. Being a patient with cancer in Romania is an extreme experience. We have 250 oncologists to care for at least 500,000 people with cancer (the figures are uncertain because the National Cancer Registry is not up and running). Our hospitals are crowded, we lack medication, many… Read More →
It’s a study worthy of headlines, and it got them. The early results of the ProtecT trial have been published – and they’re important if only because this is the first randomised study comparing three common approaches to localised prostate cancer: surgery, radiotherapy and active surveillance. The news stories have been clear on the main… Read More →
I am a two-time breast cancer survivor. My diseased breast, which had a triple-negative collision tumour, was partially removed and immediately reconstructed with autologous tissue followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Exactly five years later a recurrence was diagnosed and the tumour was successfully removed again. I am lucky to have received top-quality health care. However… Read More →
Cancer research is about testing evidence strenuously and objectively and can’t be judged by innuendo, conspiracy theories and pseudoscience, writes Steve Buist. First things first. I’m not a doctor, and I’m certainly not an oncologist, so do with that information what you wish. I do have a degree in biological science, and I’ve written about… Read More →
I still remember Sonia. I visited her at the nice apartment she had just rented in Madrid after arriving here from a small Spanish city. We were talking about her cancer diagnosis for hours. I remember I was impressed by her courage in facing illness, above all because she was about the same… Read More →