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A year in the life of fighting cancer

  As the New Year kicks into gear, I can’t pretend not to breathe a sigh of relief that 2015 is over. For it has been 12 months of fighting bowel cancer; handling the side effects of chemotherapy and getting over not one, but two operations. Still, I’ve come through it more of less intact […]

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My first bowel cancer anniversary !

As bonfire night falls, I’m reminded that exactly a year ago I was sitting down with a doctor at Middlesbrough’s One Life Centre to be told that I could have bowel cancer. It was a strange discussion! I had been referred by my own GP Dr Inder Basson for a colonoscopy after spotting signs of […]

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Coping with chemotherapy

It is now two months since starting my second round of chemotherapy and I’d like to share thoughts about coping with the side effects through post-op recovery in the hope of helping others. I had some idea what to expect after being put on a five-week course of chemo alongside daily radiotherapy to shrink my […]

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How cancer treatment is a bit like Snakes and Ladders!

It can feel like a game of Snakes and Ladders when you are undergoing cancer treatment. One moment you are rushing up the board, with MRI and CT scans and radiotherapy to attack the beast inside you. And then, with a poor throw the dice, you come crashing back down to earth with a delayed […]

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Hernia setback to recovery plans

When I left you last time, I had some ‘stop-press’ news that I would be going back into hospital for an operation to sort out a hernia. But I never imagined that I’d be back in the same bed in the same ward at James Cook University Hospital exactly seven weeks after my bowel cancer […]

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Handling your cancer operation and the after effects!

This has proved the hardest blog to write in my ‘Cancer-talk’ series because many of the things I thought would happen with my bowel cancer operation didn’t and I’m still in a twirl from the after effects a month later, which have just taken a sudden turn (see STOP PRESS towards the end of this […]

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Thank goodness Labour built new hospitals

Nic Mitchell explains why he is so glad Labour built a first-class hospital in Middlesbrough equipped with the latest equipment and expertise to fight cancer when they were last in power. I’d like devote this short ‘Cancer-talk’ blog to the importance of the May 7 General Election and its impact on the future of the […]

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Getting prepared in mind & body for your cancer op!

When I left you last time, I was preparing to go into James Cook University Hospital for my bowel cancer operation following radiotherapy and chemo treatment. Now, I am out the other side – having been allowed home after only three nights for good behaviour! Quite a feat as I ended up having open surgery, […]

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What’s radiotherapy and chemo like?

I hope this series of ‘Cancer-talk’ blogs is as helpful to non-cancer patients as it is to those going through treatment, particularly anyone following in my footsteps and undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy prior to an operation. When I left off in my last blog, I said how deflated I felt; not in having being told […]

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Why April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

When you’ve just found out you’ve got bowel cancer, I’m not sure you really want to be told that it is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and that someone dies from it every half an hour. But that’s the startling fact and why April has been designated Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Talking about any […]

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