Days by the sea – a weekend of chocolate and radiotherapy

Blog posted by: Martin Christlieb

Starting a conversation with strangers can be difficult at the best of times.  Starting a conversation on the subject of cancer and radiotherapy is even more so.  Engaging people on such subjects means catching their imagination, and fast.

Setting a puzzle is an effective way to draw someone’s attention.  A simple puzzle, accessible to all.

Cancer en francais?

Blog posted by: Martin Christlieb

On 25 January, I met a group of people whose lives have been touched by cancer.  Patients and their relatives whose world had been turned upside down by a disease that will affect nearly half of us.

Cancer is terrible.  It threatens our lives and the resulting uncertainty and treatment often takes from us the freedom and empowerment to pursue the things we care about.

The group I met on Wednesday face all these challenges, but in the foothills of the Pyrenees they face the challenges in French.

Cancer communications and causing traffic jams

Blog posted by: Martin Christlieb

Francesca Buffa has been awarded a five-year grant by the European Research Council (ERC) to develop computer simulations to personalise cancer treatment and prevent drug resistance.

We increasingly understand which parts of a cell have gone wrong and make it divide uncontrollably, leading to cancer.  We are also becoming better and better at developing drugs which match the bits that have gone wrong. 

A long and fateful journey

Blog posted by: Martin Christlieb

What could be worse than cancer? Cancer that has spread. The average survival across all cancer types is about 50%. Most of the failures will occur in people whose tumours have spread (metastasised).

How does a tumour spread? If we knew the answer to that we would have another set of opportunities to fight back.

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