This is a remarkable book. It is the story of just one person but it is repeated time and time again by many, all over the world. She has a complex but potentially curable cancer from the outset - one that requires a surgical intervention, radiotherapy and chemotherapy to treat optimally. So Mitzi experiences everything. With a young and very active family to look after, she has a lot to live for so how she deals with uncertainty is fascinating. The disruption to her life by the cancer and its treatment is massive and to add to it all she is going through a marital breakdown at the same time.I feel it's an incredible privilege to be allowed to follow her journey so closely. 'This is essential reading for all who deal with cancer patients - health professionals, politicians, health service developers, carers and, of course, patients themselves. It clearly gives us a distillation of what cancer patients want. We need to create a new network of modern cancer centres where the latest technology in radiotherapy and chemotherapy is seamlessly delivered in a comfortable, welcoming environment. Novel information technology can be used to link the centres so every patient will be monitored to get the best possible treatment.'
Table of Contents
Cancer Country. Being kind to be cruel. Credit me. Smiles are not enough. Overboard. Death Row? Birds of a feather. Incongruity. Half truth is no truth. Nothing to rely on. Transmogrify. Open book. Next! Curiouser and curiouser. Inside Outside. Time Out. Indispensable: indigestible. Leaden feet. When we’re through. Lucky Patient 10,003. Against the Grain. Beyond. Redundant, but free. Relay Race. Watershed. Country Mouse. How-are-you-fine! Memorised? Doors. Castle Howard Hussies. Tomorrow People. Dharma. Self heal.