Question Health: The Big C took place at UCLan, Victoria Mill, Burnley on 6 February 2019. The full debate was broadcast on Showcase, SKY Channel 192 (Free Sat Channel 161) on Wednesday 10 April 2019, 7.00pm-8.00pm.
The debate is hosted by Lauren Mahon from BBC 5 Live ‘You, Me and the Big C’. The panel consists of clinicians and academics addressing questions from the audience that cover many aspects of the diagnosis and management of cancer. Panel members:
- Professor Kinta Beaver. Kinta is Professor of Cancer Care at the University of Central Lancashire. She has a clinical background in nursing but has been in a research post since 1991.
- Dr Anna MacPherson. Anna is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and works in East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and is based at Pendleside Hospice in Burnley.
- Dr Karen Oliver. Karen is a GP Partner at Lancaster Medical Practice has also been a Macmillan GP for five years at Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group.
- Jane McNicholas. Jane has multiple job roles including Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon as well as Medical Director for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Alliance.
I met with some (not previously met) friends from BRIC. I was mentioned in the related press release, and featured on the short video asking my question (I’ve not managed to access the full programme):
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.