The Old Vic is showing a very emotional play at the moment. “A Monster Calls” is a brief story of a boy, Conor, whose mum is very sick with cancer. He is looking after himself and his mum, he is also bullied at school and isolated from the rest of the world as a consequence … Continue reading Children looking after parents… How difficult could it be?
The above is one of the main questions that cancer patients and caregivers have when the treatment is progressing satisfactorily. What happens after? Many patients and their carers expect that life will revert to “normality”, this is, going back to where everything was before the cancer diagnosis. Going back to the job and responsibilities. Going … Continue reading What happens after treatment?
Cancer carers and its impact on the economy and society has been identified as a "hidden role". Why? Because although carers are everywhere, in hospitals and surgeries, at home looking after patients and families, fulfilling tasks in communication, financial and health support, etc., only those patients do not have carers seem to really worry about … Continue reading Who cares about the carers?
What's the problem? "The number of people looking after someone with cancer in the UK has soared from around 1.1 million in 2011 to almost 1.5 million today. More than half of carers aren’t getting the support they need and the situation is getting worse. Around 110,000 people in the UK are part of a sandwich … Continue reading Do you know what Carers do for Cancer patients?
What is cancer? "Cancer is when abnormal cells divide in an uncontrolled way. Some cancers may eventually spread into other tissues. There are more than 200 different types of cancer. 1 in 2 people in the UK will get cancer in their lifetime." (Cancer Research, no date) There are also different ways of staging cancer … Continue reading What cancer patients have to face
"The number of people looking after someone with cancer in the UK has soared from around 1.1 million in 2011 to almost 1.5 million today. More than half of carers aren’t getting the support they need and the situation is getting worse. Around 110,000 people in the UK are part of a sandwich generation of … Continue reading If cancer is becoming more generalised, who will care?
The following are quotations from different articles produced by Cancer Research UK, The Guardian and MacMillan Cancer Support: "Anyone can develop cancer, however, the risk of getting it increases with age. Most cases occur in middle-aged adults or older. About 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in people 55-years or older." "Cancer is one of … Continue reading How important is and will cancer be for the economy and for you?
"People with cancer have also shown me the phenomenal internal resources that reside in our nature for copying, resilience and finding meaning. (...) until I had the privilege of working with people who had cancer, listening to them, and observing their personal power in the face of suffering, I had no clue really, no real … Continue reading “Finding your way through Cancer”
Last night, BBC's aired their new documentary The Big C & Me. Hot on the heels of the BAFTA nominated The C Word, starring Sheridan Smith, they continue to tackle this relevant personal topic. The programme follows people living with cancer as they, and their loved ones, deal with daily life over twelve months. It is a frank … Continue reading The Big C & Me
Having lived through the turmoil of cancer diagnosis, the issues surrounding life with this illness is something that is close to our hearts. We offer specific coaching and counselling services to women and their carers throughout the different phases of cancer. Whether this be reconnecting with your life and forging a new one, learning how … Continue reading A PACIFIST’S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER