Welcome to my blog, first things first…an introduction (lol); my name is Mary and I am a Senior Therapeutic Radiographer; this basically means that I treat people with cancer using radiation but I will explain further in other posts.
I’ve been qualified since 2016 and I’ve worked within the private and public (NHS) sector; from training to working as a qualified healthcare professional. There are so many things I have learnt and noticed hence why I started this blog. For example, patients are always anxious before they start treatment because they do not know what to expect, what position they will be lying in and what happens during treatment and despite having the pre-treatment chat, a lot of information won't be taken in due to anxiety or nervousness.
Whilst training and working, I’ve also noticed the lack of awareness about cancer within Black, Asian, Ethnic Minority and Refugee (BAMER) communities. Therefore, I started a charity called Cancer Education UK (@Cancer_EdUK), and I’ll explain in other posts about the charity and everything that we do.
The purpose of this blog is to help educate people about what happens during cancer treatments, relieve anxiety or stress, help others be aware of how to support friends or families going through these treatments, to build and encourage an online platform for people who are going through cancer treatment to keep going and to confidently ask for help and support.
I will be talking about my journey as a radiotherapist so far, various cancer treatments available, what happens within radiotherapy (RT) treatment, the different positioning needed during RT, addressing questions about alternative treatment, and interviewing people who have been through these cancer treatments about their experiences.
As we all know, cancer is one of the main diseases affecting human lives and it is such a huge topic that we could never have too much information about it; firstly, that everyone’s cancer experience or journey is very different. More information is needed to understand how everyone has dealt with this disease. There is so much information out there about cancer, even information that is not evidence-based and it is very disheartening when people believe information that has no substance and choose to make life-threatening decisions due to this information.
This blog is open to everyone, regardless of race, culture, country or what type of cancer you have. It is an online platform, a family to educate each other about cancer and be there for people going through this journey.
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