Laughing in the face of cancer

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Sylvia Patterson manages to bring much rackety humour to bear in her descriptions of the pain and indignity her treatment involves

The art of oncology

28 May 2022 9:00 am

The main side effect of the six-month course of chemotherapy was ‘fatigue’. The main side effect of the three-monthly hormone…

The healing power of medieval austerity

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Eighty yards west of the high terrace where I’ve sat for three weeks recuperating is a hospice built for Napoleon’s…

It’s my ninth – and final – chemotherapy session

29 January 2022 9:00 am

‘Sorry I’m late,’ I said to the big unit stationed behind her computer. She’s the chief, this one. She shows…

Would my scan results be a death sentence?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

At the desk I gave my name and showed my Covid vaccination pass and the woman told me to take…

Sally Rooney on steroids

2 October 2021 9:00 am

To lessen the side effects of chemotherapy I am prescribed a corticosteroid. I take a whopping dose around the treatment…

I rather enjoy my chemotherapy sessions

18 September 2021 9:00 am

With a French health card everything is free for us cancer patients, even taxis to and from the hospital. ‘This…

The art of losing your hair

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Although fatigued to the point of catatonia, and sitting there like a 19th-century Fang funeral mask, I am glad to…