I attended Question Health: The Big C at UCLAN (Burnley) tonight. The panel was hosted by Lauren Mahon (from #YouMeBigC podcast), although Deborah James was sadly unwell (due to cancer treatment), and included a breast surgeon, a Macmillan-focused GP, a palliative care specialist, and a research nurse who had originally been an oncology nurse. Interestingly the entire panel was female…
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My attention was brought to the event by fellow members of BRIC (see the public group), and I enjoyed meeting a handful of other members for food beforehand, and sitting together at the event (and asked question 5 of 6 at the event – on the pros/cons of social media in relation to cancer).
Following on from #WorldCancerDay earlier this week, here’s a lovely message from host @iAmLaurenMahon at the end of last night’s “Question Health Event: The Big C”. The event took place @UCLanBurnley in homage to fellow #YouMeBigC presenter and @UCLanAlumni Rachael Bland. https://t.co/MzdYnncMc0
— Uni of Central Lancs (@UCLan) February 7, 2019
The event will be screened on Sky on April 10th – awaiting more information on channel/time, and hoping I can catch it, as it was an interesting range of questions – and I loved the emphasis on quality of life rather than medicalised bodies that should be treated regardless – so would like to re-listen! As the event was being filmed, there was only to be official social media (live), but I’m struggling to find any material aside from:
An interesting and enjoyable evening listening to innovations and positive ways forward for educating and supporting people living with cancer. Thanks guys! @UCLanHealth @bowelbabe @iAmLaurenMahon https://t.co/iVVo9oc3zP
— Bev Small (@happydaffs) February 7, 2019
On a personal note, I saw the radiotherapy team at the Christie again yesterday. The CORE trial has now closed, but I am instead (once the full body scan I have next Tuesday is complete, and ensures that I’m suitable), guaranteed stereotactic radiotherapy on another programme. Chemotherapy, etc. discussions continue, but I’ve been told I can book my trains for my working trip to Bristol!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.