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4 Days To Go!

Writing that down and saying it out loud still doesn’t make it feel like it’s real. I truly can’t believe that I will be running the London Marathon on Sunday. I have always joked with my friends about doing this, but never did I imagine it would actually happen – especially bearing in mind the

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Julie Harmon, A carer’s story

Most of the personal stories we share are from throat cancer patients. We hear one of the most moving stories from a carer. Julie Harmon’s husband Phil was diagnosed with Tonsillar Cancer in 2014 and she kept a diary full of brutal honesty about her experience of dealing with and coping with it all. A

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20 Days To Go…

I have just received my official bib number and my goodness, everything suddenly feels so real. Yesterday, I completed my last long practice run and managed 18 miles. They suggest hitting maximum 20, and for a non-runner I am pretty pleased with what I have managed to achieve. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll

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Megan’s Final Few Weeks

4 weeks go to! Just four weeks, I can’t believe how quickly the big day has come around. I’m not sure I entirely feel ready yet, but I suppose I have a couple more practice runs left in me. The runs are getting tougher and tougher, and committing to a 15 mile run on a

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The European Oncology Convention

European Oncology Convention, London 2019

The European Oncology Convention is one of Europe’s premier trade events for oncology professionals. Bringing over 2,000 leading clinicians and researchers from the UK and Europe’s leading public and private hospitals together, the event is an excellent platform for clinicians to establish the latest developments and technology in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of

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Dr Emmerson

Why I’m Working To Help Relieve Dry Mouth For Throat Cancer Sufferers

Dr Emmerson’s research work is aimed at relieving ‘dry mouth’ in throat cancer sufferers; a very debilitating condition often brought on as a result of radiotherapy treatment for cancer,  by regenerating salivary glands. Here she explains her very personal reasons as to why she is involved with this exciting work. My father was diagnosed with

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HPV Action

The HPV Action Story

On 24 July 2018, public health minister Steve Brine took fewer than 30 seconds to inform the House of Commons that boys would now be covered by the national HPV vaccination programme. His short statement marked the culmination of a five-year campaign led by HPV Action which, 2018, had grown into a partnership of 51

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Full JCVI statement: extending the vaccination programme to boys

Following the threat of a legal challenge by the Throat Cancer Foundation, and a robust awareness campaign with others, the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) finally decided on the 18th of July to extend the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme to include boys. We had warned them for several years that it was

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Why does cancer research uk classify throat cancer as ‘hard to treat’?

When a patient is diagnosed with throat cancer, their treatment may include surgery, along with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The throat area carries very important nerve ends, veins and the spinal cord, which if damaged during surgery to remove cancerous cells can affect a person’s hearing, their ability to speak, swallow and eat properly, their sight,

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Scottish government needs to heed public health england’s stance

The founder of Falkirk-based national charity, the Throat Cancer Foundation has broadly welcomed a decision made by the UK Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that a universal vaccination programme protecting boys against human papillomavirus (HPV) is cost effective. This decision paves the way for the Government, through Public Health England, to extend

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