The forgotten 'C'

I'm campaigning with Macmillan to make sure cancer doesn't become the forgotten 'C'.

COVID-19 has caused so much disruption.  With such large-scale disruption, it's easy for things to be overlooked as priorities change and cancer has become the forgotten 'C'.    

I am forever grateful that I found my lump in 2018 so the GP was able to be refer me to the breast clinic and I had my biopsy within 10 working days.  I'm so grateful that I had my treatment in 2018 when I had the freedom to go for walks in the park and have friends visit without the fear of catching a virus.  I can't imagine what it must be like for those finding lumps, receiving a cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy during lockdown and shielding.

My treatment was disrupted so I haven't been unaffected by the impact COVID-19 has had on the NHS.  I had 12 weeks without treatment and I am unsure what impact this will have on my cancer.  However, when you live with cancer, you're constantly living with scanxiety so it's almost par for the course.  What I do know is that the three times I visited Guy's Cancer Centre whilst shielding, it's been like a ghost town.  Previously every chair on the chemo ward was full and turned over to get the next patient in as quickly as possible.  Not recently.  Where have all the cancer patients gone?  

To help Macmillan with their forgotten 'C' campaign, I'm going to speak with my MP, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan about my story, the impact COVID-19 has had on me accessing scans and treatment.  I want to share my experience of the local council community hub and trying to find a way to safely get to and from my hospital appointments.  I want to discuss whether any research is being done into the impact of not having treatment for 12 weeks.  And I want to share what it's like to live with cancer, in isolation, for over three months.  I want to make sure everything possible is done to ensure we don't have a second wave and another lock down.  

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