South Asian women in the UK ‘hiding cancer because of stigma’

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Researcher Pooja Saini found that many South Asian women avoid screenings and treatment | BBC

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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Incorporating exercise into your routine when you have cancer

The Aidapt Deluxe Motorised Pedal Exerciser can help you maintain a light but consistent exercise routine from the comfort of your sofa

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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.

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Keeping Calm and Steady During Cancer

How Androulla Pieri navigated her breast cancer journey – and found mindfulness and gratitude in the process.

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Androulla Pieri says that being diagnosed with breast cancer was a “bolt out of the blue.” At 46, and on the cusp of starting a new job, Androulla’s Stage 3 diagnosis came as a complete shock.

Since that diagnosis nine years ago, we’re happy to report that Androulla has become healthier and more contented in many ways!

We love her reflective, self-informed approach to managing her diagnosis. In this interview, Androulla gives us her best tips for coping with side effects and the “whirlwind” of cancer appointments.   Continue reading “Keeping Calm and Steady During Cancer”

Travelling With Cancer: 5 Inspiring People Who Did It

Organising a holiday can be challenging at the best of times, but how on earth do you tackle travelling with cancer? 

We’ve put together our top 5 favourite stories from across the internet about people who didn’t let their cancer stop them going on holiday, and we think they’re pretty inspiring.

1. Laura from FindingCyril.com

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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.

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‘Disappointing’ NHS figures show cancer patients are waiting too long for treatment

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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.

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Roehampton University offers free therapy for cancer patients

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.

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5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor’s Appointment

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An upcoming doctor’s appointment 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 often substantial waits, and visits can really vary in length.  Continue reading “5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor’s Appointment”

Preparing for a mastectomy: What will happen to your body after surgery?

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It’s difficult to condense the emotional and physical tolls that a mastectomy brings.

If you are having a mastectomy as part of your breast cancer treatment or as a preventative measure, your doctors will give you lots of information on what the procedure involves and what to expect.

Here at Live Better With, we have put together a list of the most common problems that can arise after a mastectomy to help you be prepared should you experience any of these.

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Chemotherapy mortality study raises key learning points for hospitals

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.

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