I’m a medical doctor. I worked in the NHS for many years, and now I work in the pharmaceutical industry, developing new medicines.
A few years ago I had breast cancer. It was a life–changing experience, surprisingly not all bad, and I would like to share it with you.
I was treated under the UK NHS. I received excellent care and will always be grateful. Many things went smoothly. As with most areas in life, some things didn’t.
Even with my professional background, I struggled to understand what was happening, and how to challenge when things weren’t right.
It made me realise how much harder it must be for people without a medical background.
I believe everything in life happens for a reason. Getting cancer has given me an insight of what it is like to have life-threatening illness.
I have lots to share with you:
- My personal experience of cancer and what it feels like
- What will happen to you if you have breast cancer—the various appointments, tests and what the results mean, and the various treatments you may experience
- How to navigate the NHS hospital system
- What to do if you think things are going wrong
- The science of cancer is explained
- Medical research is demystified to help you assess the validity of the various newspaper and internet claims for ‘Cancer cures’
- Positive and negative effects of lifestyle on cancer risk are explained
- Some alternative treatments are discussed
I hope you enjoy the book and it helps you in whatever way you need.
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