I'm not so sure how wise it is to report the results of a Phase 1 clinical trial as a 'breakthrough' as in "Researchers have hailed the biggest breakthrough in advanced ovarian cancer for a decade after a new treatment was found to dramatically shrink tumours." (Independent 3 June,2017). Really? A Phase 1 trial of … Continue reading New ovarian cancer drug: caution please!
Those of you who follow my blog or have read my memoir Chasing Ghosts know that I’m near the end of my life. I’ve already nominated my next of kin and drawn up an Advanced Directive which instructs my care team - whether that’s the hospital, GP practice of palliative care team - on how I … Continue reading The ReSPECT Process
Last Tuesday (28th March) I was horrified to wake up to the beeping sounds of the Macmillan Cancer Centre chemotherapy unit played on Radio 4’s Today programme. I was due to go for a consultant appointment there that very day to discuss my current cancer situation and was expecting to be referred for more chemo. … Continue reading A Faster Cancer Diagnosis
What do cancer statistics really mean? In 2000 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer. The statistics at the time stated that I had a 95% chance of surviving beyond five years. Although I did turn out to be one of those 95%, living for more than five years without a trace of cancer, … Continue reading Cancer statistics
The Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer. What a great name for a play about cancer. We pacifists do not fight or battle with cancer. Rather it fights with us. Our consultants cut us up and pour poisonous chemicals into us in the hope that it will go away. We do not die heroes … Continue reading War and Peace