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The Royal Marsden  For a future beyond cancer


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"In May 2016, I began to experience cramps, bloating that didn’t go away and pelvic pain, and I went to the toilet more and was badly constipated. I looked pregnant and I even had to pull over while driving one day because of stomach cramps. But three different doctors told me that my symptoms had nothing to do with my ovaries, despite knowing that I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation. I was told that I was far too young to be at risk of ovarian cancer, and that it was likely to be irritable bowel syndrome or constipation. When I was eventually transferred to The Royal Marsden and received the diagnosis, beneath all of the anger and pain, I was in some way relieved to finally have an answer. To help me deal with the news, my dad decided we should call the cancer ‘Cyril’. I can’t explain why, but that made the whole thing feel less frightening. I set up a blog called Finding Cyril to document my experiences, with the aim of raising awareness of the BRCA1 mutation and ovarian cancer, especially in the rare cases where women below the age of 30 are diagnosed. Under the care of Professor Martin Gore and Mr John Butler, I underwent 18 sessions of chemotherapy and seven hours of radical debulking surgery. I was expected to stay in hospital for three weeks after my operation, but I recovered really quickly and went home after six days. I’m now in remission and having maintenance treatment every three weeks. To give something back, I’ve been raising money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The headteacher of the primary school where I’m a teacher organised a My Marsden March with pupils and staff, and I held ‘BRCAfest’ – an evening of food, fun and fundraising. All the staff at The Royal Marsden are amazing, from the doctors to the lady who does the catering. Every nurse I’ve met has left a mark on me, and I don’t just mean at the site of my cannula! They make you feel like a person and not just a cancer patient – the care they give you is nothing short of incredible." @laura_moses, 28, is a teacher and blogger.
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We're remembering Diana, Princess of Wales 20 years on. HRH The Duke of Cambridge carries on his mother's legacy as our President #royalmarsden #diana20 #princessdiana #diana

Massive well done to our patients who received their GCSEs this week 🎉😃👏. Here’s the awesome Lauren with her grades
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Despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Sandy Briden wants to spread a positive message: “I want to encourage people to get any unusual and persistent lumps, bumps and swellings checked out by a doctor.” The 57-year-old was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive sarcoma in December 2015. When the cancer returned in August 2016, only palliative chemotherapy was an option. “I live for the moment and am quite philosophical and pragmatic. I never expected to make it to 2017. I have been incredibly lucky and just set myself little goals.” Since her cancer returned, Sandy has seen her son get married, her second granddaughter born, re-married her ex-husband and raised money for The Royal Marsden’s Sarcoma Unit.
The grandmother-of-two says more research needs to be done into sarcoma and she has taken part in a study at The Royal Marsden. “Although it won’t benefit me it will benefit other people in the future… I’ve turned in to a ‘yes’ person who just wants to raise awareness.” #royalmarsden #sarcoma #research #cancerresearch #cancerawareness

Geoff Harries was diagnosed with bowel cancer in October 2015. After being told by his local hospital that his cancer had spread and was inoperable, Geoff sought a second opinion from The Royal Marsden’s Dr Ian Chau. “The Royal Marsden always gives hope and comes up with a plan,” says Geoff. “It was a race against time because the chemotherapy wasn’t working and my tumours weren’t small enough to operate. Dr Chau put me on a new type of chemotherapy and, after 14 cycles, the tumours had shrunk and were operable.” Over the last two years Geoff has undergone two liver resection surgeries and three liver ablation procedures. “By now most of the surgeons know me inside out and top to bottom,” says Geoff. “I’m alive and I wasn’t meant to be. If I hadn’t come to The Royal Marsden I wouldn’t be here today.” #royalmarsden #bowelcancer

After 17 years, Lauren Tye has finally been discharged from The Royal Marsden. The 19-year-old was just two years old when she was diagnosed with Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (LCH) in 2000.

Lauren was treated at The Royal Marsden's children's unit and went into remission in 2007. "The Royal Marsden helped me and my family through the tough times and they've helped me to live my life without it affecting me,” says Lauren, who was discharged last month and just completed her first year studying maths at the University of Exeter. “The advice I’d give to a young person going through something similar is, while you may be very scared and not know what’s going on, all of the staff at The Royal Marsden are fantastic, and no worry or problem is too small for them."

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A massive congratulations to Royal Marsden patient @samuelexie46 on graduating this week with a law degree. We are super proud of you!

The 23-year-old was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2010 while studying for his A-levels.

Sam said: “I hope other patients can see that there is life after cancer treatment and you can do or achieve whatever you want. Your goals can still be reached if you want it enough. I’m now looking for a job where I can make a difference to other young people with cancer, where I can put my treatment and volunteering experiences into practice.”

We're really excited to be supporting The Royal Marsden's brand new Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU), which was launched today and will bring cancer care closer to patients.

Liz Bishop, Deputy Chief Executive of The Royal Marsden, said: “Staffed by Royal Marsden nurses and designed to look and feel like the hospital inside, the MCU will deliver a full Royal Marsden experience closer to patients’ homes, reducing the need to spend time and money travelling to hospital.” The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is funding two drivers (Bertie is pictured) who will be responsible for the safe delivery and return of the MCU, as well as checking patients in, providing refreshments and helping ensure the service runs smoothly.

The MCU is also supported by Hope for Tomorrow.

A big well done to Sam and Lucas for representing The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as excellent mascots at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club on Saturday, walking out on semi-finals day with Gilles Muller and Marin Cilic. Sam was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in December 2013 and Lucas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in May 2015. Both received treatment at The Royal Marsden's Oak Centre for Children and Young People. “Sam only finished treatment two months ago so is regaining his strength and confidence and getting on with normal life. He loves tennis so this was a real treat for him," said Tamsin, Sam’s mum.

Happy Father's Day!

Fathers, sons and mentors are once again teaming up today for #FatherandSonDay to increase awareness of male cancers and raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

The campaign was set up in 2014 by Daniel Marks and Jack Dyson, two friends who both survived testicular cancer, and whose fathers have also had cancer. Since then, they have raised more than £100,000 for the charity to help fund the UK’s first Robotic Surgical Fellowship programme at The Royal Marsden.

Get involved this year by sharing your own #FatherAndSonDay photo on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and donating £5. Simply text MARSDEN to 70800 to give £5 and nominate friends to do the same.
Orlebar Brown and MR PORTER have released exclusive t-shirts that showcases the unique bond between a father and a son. They are being sold globally on orlebarbrown.com and MRPORTER.COM with proceeds going to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/2rqNQSz

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