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Google is not a synonym for research


One day we will beat cancer. The more research we do, the sooner that day will come.     Click here for a short video – http://youtu.be/q64w0Vq0GzQ

Don’t know about you but whenever I need to know anything nowadays, I mostly just look on the internet. Clearly you need to be savvy to what is a credible site and what isn’t but that’s just experience. I also sometimes find myself using ‘Dr Google’ to diagnose my aches, pains and unusual feelings (does anyone else do that?).  My experience is that this can sometimes lead you down the wrong path – always better to seek professional medical advice.

I love researching and producing short versions or summaries of information on certain subjects. Nowadays I go on the internet to research (e.g.) a holiday location and three hours later, I’ve studied volcanoes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and underwater sheep-shearing.  Is that just me?

On a more serious note, the intro picture was taken from the Cancer Research UK’s webpage.  These guys are the masters at research and never publish anything without backing it up with evidence. Although I mostly help their research work financially, I’m proud to have been accepted as a Cancer Research UK Ambassador (for New Forest West).  If research into all types of cancer interests you, please sign up for some of their newsletters and blog posts.  I particularly like the science blog: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/

This blog provides very useful information on cancer research and I like seeing the real facts and explanations that are sometimes omitted by headline grabbing newspapers in respect of medical science cancer treatment and prevention breakthroughs.

Some of you complained I didn’t push out any A to Z ‘geekie’ stuff yesterday!  So here are a couple of ‘R’s:


I kept hearing and reading this word early on in my treatment.  Basically it means something is going to be cut out – or to be more accurate, a part of something.  I’ve had a liver resection where two-thirds of it was cut out – not sure I mentioned that it does normally grow back. Amazing!


These guys are Doctors who specialise in the detection of disease through the use of a variety of investigative techniques.  You also have specialist ‘Interventional Radiologists’ who can also carry out interventional procedures using radiological equipment to guide them. Technology is allowing a real growth in this area and there are significant advantages such as reduced patient risk, shorter recovery and hospitalisation time, and significant cost savings over more invasive techniques. My Interventional Radiologist is Dr Brian Stedman one of the most experienced in UK.  He has looked after me on 4 occasions. Additionally, he carried out a ‘fastball’ during my 19 day stay in hospital for my first operation.  Nothing like a CT scan guided needle aspiration of a postoperative seroma to make the day exciting!  I laughed all the way through it despite it being a risky job – cheers Dr S!


Thanks for listening


My Diagnosis and Treatment History

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