Cancer (other)

General comment and content related to random cancer notions or on cancer issues of the day

'The Bank of Cancer Research'. What's that all about?

Here’s a thing that caught my eye. The Bank of Cancer Research (BCR). It looks most strange. They want to buy a bank, courtesy of the billionaire philanthropists of The Giving Pledge. I’m not sure where BCR is based – it has no obvious physical address -  but it tweets from Melbourne in Australia. It doesn’t have any country specific vibe, which is why I looked for a clue to its place.

The language of cancer. A language of exclusion

I’ve recently had to think quite a bit about inequality, old age and cancer care. As a result I have been considering the language we use around cancer.

Beating cancer 100 years ago - strangely familiar stuff.

Apparently ‘the sooner you support us, the sooner we’ll beat cancer’. I saw that recently on a Cancer Research UK fundraising poster at a bus stop in Turnham Green. And, in other fundraising which fell out of my Sunday paper, Cancer Research UK have been working tirelessly towards beating cancer ‘for over 100 years’. These are interesting contrasts. 'Sooner' and '100 years'.

So, naturally, I turn to 1907 and The Saturday Review of 6 July pages 6-7 to check “The Fight With Cancer”.

Older people with cancer - wait for it - in a headline!

On 19 March 2010 the following report was published “Reducing cancer inequality: evidence, progress and making it happen - a report by the National Cancer Equality Initiative”

On page 25 the authors observed “Older people with cancer receive less intensive treatment than younger people. In many cases this may be clinically appropriate. However, there is increasing evidence that under-treatment of older people may occur.

British public still resolutely stupid re: cancer. Kids join parents in the dark

CR-UK will be pleased. Someone else’s woeful polling has caught my eye. Macmillan Cancer Support are now at it. On September 7 Macmillan announced that the British public are more ignorant than the even most exasperated cancer charities had previously supposed. British kids are ignorant too!

Insurance, women, cancer and risk. Barclays sells us their solution!

Today’s the day I rush up to Barclays and jab my mighty right forefinger in their corporate rib cage and bellow “Oi! Barclays! No! What are you thinking?”

Apart from ‘ooo….. money’ and ‘cooo….. profit’ that is?

Other random thoughts on boosting cancer charity policy and campaigns to support older people with, or at risk of cancer.

This was originally attached to the previous post, but I've cut it adrift to form a new one. It seems at least semi coherent - which is good enough for me in my patch of blogosphere. There's no disguising it though - it's still a stream of unsought and, I imagine, unappreciated advice to cancer charities.

iFAQ’s [inFrequently Asked Questions] for cancer charities about their services for elderly people.

Let’s start with the overarching far too inFrequently Asked Question. How should the cancer charity sector develop its role in support, information and campaigning, on behalf of elderly men and women, in a disease of ageing, to both augment and challenge the current cancer policy agenda?

No to Abiraterone?

NICE has said no to Abiraterone. Don't rail at NICE. At least, not only at them. They follow rules and those rules restrict NICE's remit.