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Why is it so difficult to buy someone with cancer a gift?

A gift can serve many purposes. It can brighten someone’s day and let you know you’re thinking about them. A gift can also be practical and help with day-to-day tasks such as cooking, entertaining or driving. Buying a gift usually isn’t a difficult process, so why then is it deemed difficult when buying a gift for someone with a cancer diagnosis?

Do I need a double mastectomy?

In 2013 Angelina Jolie announced she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. Her choice for having the surgery was due to her having inherited the BRCA gene. Since then, studies have found that the “Jolie effect” has caused a significant rise in genetic tests and preventative double mastectomy surgeries.

5 Tips to get the most out of your doctors visit

An upcoming appointment to the doctor can put dread and fear in even the bravest of people. Doctors hold information that you need, and not knowing can build anxiety and stress. Visiting the doctor is also quite different to other appointments, there are usually long waits and your visit may vary in length.

We want to equip you with tips to make the most of your doctors visit.

Steroids and cancer treatment: Why am I on them?

Steroids are substances that you make naturally in your body. They can be replicated and made in the lab to help treat certain side effects or symptoms, as well as increase the efficacy of some chemotherapies. Steroids play important roles in several different mechanisms throughout the body, including fight and flight (stress) and immune responses.

Top 10 products to bring with you to hospital

The month of March is awareness month for five cancers across the UK and the US- Ovarian, Prostate, Colorectal and Kidney Cancer and Multiple Myeloma. Although each cancer varies in its treatments and side effects, when diagnosed with one of these five cancers, amongst many others, you may find yourself in the hospital for an extended period.

Cancer Myths and Misconceptions

In the first of our myth series, we look myths and misconceptions associated with cancer itself.

First described in the times of the Egyptians, cancer was often seen as a something people would die from. The medical advances in the last fifty years have meant that cancer is no longer something someone necessarily dies from but something someone survives from or lives with. It does appear, though, that some aspects of cancer that use to be correct have not been updated. We try and unravel these myths and misconceptions.

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