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Children looking after parents… How difficult could it be?

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?

Why Cancer Coaching?

Cancer coaching sessions are a bit different to other coaching activities. Firstly, cancer= affected clients usually are attempting to “digest” the fact they have gone through this traumatic illness and its uncertainties regarding survival. Secondly, clients want to “get back to normal” as soon as possible. They want to speed-up their return to work, to … Continue reading Why Cancer Coaching?

Listening to the deep and real story behind a problem… and why “technical efficacy” and “following the textbook” may not be enough.

The book by Audrey Young, MD. (2007) “What Patients taught me”, is nicely written and made with love to her medical profession. She finishes the Preface of this book with the following sentences: “I wrote and rewrote. Finally I recognized that the only thing to really make doctoring a human act is time spent with … Continue reading Listening to the deep and real story behind a problem… and why “technical efficacy” and “following the textbook” may not be enough.

What happens after treatment?

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 from a caretaker’s viewpoint: not an easy task (1).

The role of a caretaker is quite important in the life of any patient, and particularly for any cancer patient. When a person is faced with the news of cancer, the immediate reaction is the overwhelming feeling that this could be a matter of life and death. The whole life of the individual goes up-side-down. … Continue reading Cancer from a caretaker’s viewpoint: not an easy task (1).

Cancer and Obesity

According to the statistics and information published today by Cancer Research, obesity may cause cancer (BBC 26/02/18, "Millennials 'set to be fattest generation'. Available on line at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43195977?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c40rjmqdl3jt/obesity&link_location=live-reporting-story). This particular cause of cancer has been researched in the past. The concern is not new. Other sources have published studies and statistics about it for a … Continue reading Cancer and Obesity

Who cares about the carers?

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?