Cancer

What terminal cancer taught me about life

14 May 2019 12:43

“I’m sorry,” said the doctor, “you have large tumours in numerous places. We can’t operate or cure you. You have…

Damian Thompson: my sister on fighting cancer with faith

29 January 2019 14:45

The photo above is of my sister Carmel and me having tea a few days after our mother’s funeral. She…

The real reason why women aren’t attending their cervical smear tests

22 January 2018 14:50

Are young women stupid? Apparently, 15 per cent of them would miss a cervical smear appointment for a gym class…

Could cancer break the NHS?

14 December 2017 15:40

Could cancer break the NHS? This was the provocative title of a debate at the British Museum hosted by The…

Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill is coming back – but it won’t help cancer patients

5 June 2015 19:10

What makes for bad legislation? Sometimes it is a lack of scrutiny from a weak opposition and bored backbenchers. Sometimes…

Why GPs are the London cabbies of the NHS

18 May 2015 13:13

GPs are the very personification of the description ‘jack of all trades, master of none’. Following so-called ‘specialist’ training, they emerge…

‘Don’t Google this’, the doctor told me when I got my daughter’s test results

5 May 2015 10:34

‘Don’t Google this’, the doctor ordered. The command – with its authoritarian tone; implied threat (if I did, I’d find out something…

How a tetanus shot could help treat a deadly brain cancer

30 March 2015 10:00

The history of cancer research is one of inevitable hype and dashed hope. Though most people have been primed to…

Most doctors seem to time-travel to the 1800s when it comes to nutrition

27 February 2015 18:02

For over 30 years, dietary fat has been seen as a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. This…

No, cats did not smell your cancer

30 January 2015 10:08

No, they bloody didn’t. They just didn’t. ‘Cats detected my cancer’, reads a headline on Mail Online. But, let’s face…

Finally! A health story about cancer that doesn’t resort to hyperbole

22 January 2015 17:36

The lot of the snarky health-science debunker is not a happy one. It involves going to a lot of newspaper…

How not to be taken for a mug by misleading health stories this New Year

31 December 2014 16:25

The Christmas/New Year period is always fun for health balls. Because we like drinking lots of wine and eating lots…

The idiot diet – nonsense vs common sense in ‘Paleo’ nutrition

4 November 2014 8:11

Looking for real power? Get a jump-start on the future of global fuel at The Spectator’s energy conference on 1 December. Tickets are still…

Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

18 October 2014 13:22

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck…

There is more to lung-cancer diagnosis than a chest X-ray

10 October 2014 11:42

Chest x-rays have been around for 100 years and are still widely used in health care. According to the government’s…

A new low for NHS doublespeak

8 October 2014 13:20

Orwell had it that political writing is ‘defence of the indefensible,’ and that ‘political language has to consist largely of…

Ten reasons to give up smoking

8 October 2014 10:52

Earlier this year a research study revealed that people were more likely to quit smoking when confronted with the reasons…

It’s up to each woman to decide whether the pill’s benefits are worth the risks

24 September 2014 15:43

According to a new paper published in the journal Cancer Research women taking combined oral contraceptive pills (COCP) have a…

The insidious re-normalisation of smoking

31 July 2014 18:21

The NHS has long since been smoke free, banning smoking on-site for patients and staff alike back when I was…

Time for a new, patient-driven approach to cancer screening?

30 July 2014 17:22

No screening test for cancer is 100 per cent accurate. While some individuals might benefit from having an early cancer…