R.I.P Harry Shaw, Lewis Hamilton’s ‘Spirit Angel’ boy
May Paediatric Oncology Ward Outreach
On 1 June 2019, five-year-old Harry Shaw took his last breath after a tough 10 month battle against Ewing’s Sarcoma. Harry was diagnosed with cancer on 2 August 2018 when a routine scan on a small lump showed a tumour the size of a large baked potato inside Harry’s right chest. Harry was 4. In […]
Mother’s Day Hospital Outreach 2019
LFCT paid a visit to the Paediatiric Oncology Wards at Tygerberg and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital last week to treat the Moms for Mother’s Day, but of course we could not only treat the moms – how can we go to the wards without some treats for our brave Little Fighters too… Each […]
Extraordinary Healers Honoured
Mother’s Day is really important to us at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust as, if there ever were mothers that should be celebrated for their love, strength and fortitude then it is the mothers who battle Childhood Cancer with their children. Last week we took time out to visit all the mothers of our Little […]
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash HUGE Loss for Childhood Cancer in Africa
Generosity was the thread that tied together three oncology nurses honored in CURE®’s 2019 Extraordinary Healer contest. Two finalists and a winner were recognized for giving more time and effort than their jobs demanded to support their patients, colleagues and institutions. In essays by patients, colleagues or family members, these nurses and 51 others were […]
Why are Children with Cancer in South Africa Dying in Unbearable Pain?
Childhood Cancer in Africa has very high mortality rates due to ignorance about the disease, lack of money and equipment as well as trained Paediatric Oncology professionals, and it got set back decades by the tragic loss of the lives of 3 healthcare workers, valued members of the team at World Eye Cancer Hope UK, […]
The UK’s Response to Under-Doctoring in Poorer Areas
Government has not implemented its Palliative Care Plan I had a patient last year, a four-year-old boy, with a type of cancer called neuroblastoma. After initial treatment, the cancer came back, growing in the confined space between his spine and stomach, causing unbearable pain. His mother was a police officer; a strong, stoical woman who […]
Are Doctors Turning Down Rural Community Service Posts Being ‘Picky’?
Yesterday we did a post on the shortage of doctors in rural areas in South Africa and the fact that hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because they turned down posts in rural hospitals. It seems this is not only a problem in South Africa, […]
Is Bacon Really Carcinogenic?
After turning down placements at rural hospitals, hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because of a complex – yet fixable – situation. Amy Green writes in Health-e News on an investigation into whether these health professionals are being “picky” and what possible solutions there are […]
Leading Cancer Expert Resigns after Disclosure – Joins Drug Makers
The head of the UN agency that provoked a massive outcry and some ridicule when it declared that bacon, red meat and glyphosate weedkiller caused cancer has defended its work, denying the announcements were mishandled and insisting on its independence.
Dr José Baselga resigns from as one of the editors-in-chief of the American Association for Cancer Research‘s journal Cancer Discovery, after he failed to accurately disclose his conflicts of interest in dozens of articles in medical journals. Now employed by drug manufacturer AstraZeneca.