It’s World Cancer Day on February 4th. The day aims to prevent unnecessary deaths by raising awareness, lobbying governments and encouraging people to take action in their communities and unite in the fight against cancer. The objective of the day
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Bearing in mind all of the physical and emotional changes taking place when someone goes through cancer treatment, it would be a miracle for cancer patients not to lose their sense of self. Your body and mind are temporarily invaded
Christmas can be difficult for cancer patients who are going through treatment. Many people who have cancer have few or no problems related to eating but some do. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy or other forms of treatment can severely affect a
Most of us will be affected by cancer at some point. With 1 in 2 people expected to have cancer at some point in their lives, it isn’t something that is easy to avoid. Christmas can be a difficult time
A cancer diagnosis or having cancer treatment is hard enough at any point of the year, but dealing with cancer over the Christmas period is especially difficult. As December begins, we start to believe that we need to be
It goes without saying that a cancer diagnosis/treatment is one of the most stressful situations a person can find themselves in. Living daily with the effects of treatment and the stress of not knowing how things will turn out can
Pancreatic Cancer November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Around 8,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the UK, and doctors aren’t completely sure what causes it. It’s the 10th most common cancer (excluding non melanoma skin
Cancer & Complementary Therapies Many people use complementary therapies alongside cancer treatment to help reduce symptoms and improve emotional wellbeing. Complementary therapy is the term used for a wide range of therapies including massage therapy, Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and
The Emotional, Social and Financial Burden of Cancer Often the first thing that people think about when they receive a cancer diagnosis is the physical effects of treatment. Surgery can leave patients with body issues, chemotherapy and radiotherapy also takes
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of charities and organisations to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education and research. During the month everyone is encouraged to share educational content on social
Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues. They can affect almost any part of the body, on the inside or the outside. There are three main
Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system. There are two types – Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). Hodgkin Lymphoma Only 20%, or 1 in 5 of all lymphomas diagnosed are Hodgkin lymphoma. Around 1,700 people are diagnosed with
Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most stressful things you can experience. Emotions will vary greatly between individuals but can be influenced by the type of cancer and the stage that it is at when it is diagnosed.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and the second most common cancer overall. It affects nearly 50,000 men in the UK per year, and causes approximately 11,000 deaths. The ten year survival rate for prostate cancer is
Although we’ve had a very mixed summer, there have been some days when it was like being in Australia at the height of their summer – around 30 degrees and incredibly hot! Because our weather is so unpredictable, we often
One of the most difficult things a family can face is a child being diagnosed with cancer. Every day eleven young people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. It is the leading cause of death of children, teenagers and
Many people who are diagnosed with cancer find it difficult to talk about it, but it’s even more difficult if the cancer appears in a part of the body that is normally off limits in conversations, such as bowel, prostate,
Cancer and Anxiety If you didn’t feel fear, anxiety and panic after being diagnosed with cancer you wouldn’t be human! What is going to happen to me? Will the treatment work? What are the side effects?
Cancer patients often suffer with fatigue, hormone fluctuations and joint pain (particularly if they’re on certain medication for years after treatment). These factors make it much more difficult to feel excited and positive about life, especially if they have
After you’ve been through cancer treatment and come out of the other side, you might then come face to face with the psychological effects of surviving cancer. One of the main issues that people struggle with is survival guilt.