A new report by the BBC has found that cultural differences in how cancer is perceived may have a significant effect on UK women and their experiences of cancer treatment. The Victoria Derbyshire programme interviewed medical experts, cancer support workers and women with cancer themselves about the different attitudes to cancer in South Asian communities, and found that stigma was a huge factor in women’s decisions.
Experts on the programme advised that stigma surrounding cancer in certain communities may be linked to women seeking medical advice later, avoiding medical advice altogether, and delaying or refusing treatment for cancer.
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If you’re having treatment or have recently finished, you should start to do a little exercise if you feel up to it.
Generally, doctors advise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, of moderate paced activity such as walking. This level of activity is helpful for even during treatment. But everyone’s different and exercise needs to be tailored to you, taking into account your overall fitness, diagnosis, and other factors that could affect safety.
There are very good reasons for exercising. It can improve your quality of life and help you feel better. Some studies show that it can help to speed up recovery after cancer treatment. Regular exercise can also reduce stress and give you more energy.
If you’ve never done much exercise, you’ll have to build up gradually. If you do too much one day, you might feel very tired and sore the next day. Don’t feel that you always have to do more than yesterday. Some days you’ll have more energy than others.
One of our favourite bloggers, Laura, is a 27 year old teacher living in London, In 2016 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. To help her talk about her illness, she and her dad decided to refer to her cancer as “Cyril”, making it seem just a little bit less scary. Laura’s imaginary conversations with Cyril often show how doubts and worries can creep into your daily life with cancer, but the FindingCyril blog is bursting with heartfelt humour, joyous photos and Laura’s upbeat personality.
It’s fair to say that it is unacceptable to wait too long between a diagnosis of cancer and starting treatment. The wait can cause anxiety, stress and spark fears that the cancer will spread. Unfortunately, you may have to wait more than two months to start treatment. This can be down to various reasons including pressure on your local hospital due to people needing particular types of scans or tests prior to the start of treatment.
Recently, the National Health Service (NHS) in England has been criticised by cancer charities after new data published has revealed that thousands of cancer patients are waiting too long for treatment.
The London-based learning institute aims to help individuals to live a more meaningful and satisfying life with new psychology trial
Cancer patients in the UK are being encouraged to join a new type of group therapy which aims to help those affected by the disease to live a more fulfilling life.
The Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST) at Roehampton University is recruiting participants for a new trial psychological therapy tailored for those living with cancer.
Public Health Study suggests lung and breast cancer patients suffered harm, rather than benefiting from chemotherapy treatment
The use of chemotherapy in England is being scrutinised this week following shocking figures released by Public Health England.
A study by PHE found that almost 1,400 patients with either breast or lung cancer died in England in 2014 within a month of being given chemotherapy, suggesting they suffered harm, rather than benefiting from chemotherapy.