Everyone knows cancer treatment sucks. But the thing no-one really talks about? The ways it can impact your life long after that last chemo infusion, that last blast of radiation or that last surgery. Because that sucks too.

Whether its your brain or your body, these impacts can be long lasting and severe. Family and friends often expect you to be 'back to normal' (wtf is normal anyways?) when you feel far from it.

Hormones might be out of whack, you might not be where you think you 'should' be, fatigue might be having your life, survivor's guilt might be plaguing you, or you might be finding it hard to hold down a job. And that's not even mentioning the changes in your body and the way a cancer diagnosis affects your mental health.

So we're bringing in the experts to help you figure out how to navigate all of this. We'll chat 'late effects' as it's known in the bizniz and explore what support's available to you should you want it.

Meet our expert A-Team:

Emma Thistlewayte
Emma qualified in 2009 working initially in haematology and then going on to help set up as junior sister the new teenage and young adult cancer unit at Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge.  This was followed by a year working in intensive care and completion of the Diploma in Tropical Nursing.  Emma then went on to work for Medicins Sans Frontiere in a UN protection of civilian camp for refugees in South Sudan.  Since this time Emma came to work at the Royal Marsden initially as the TYA transplant CNS and now as the TYA lead nurse.

Emma Hallam

Emma is a Macmillan Consultant Therapeutic Radiographer in 2013 she developed and now leads the award winning Macmillan  Nottingham Radiotherapy Late Effects Clinic. This bespoke service, the first if its kind within the UK helps patients with any physical or psychological late effects that patients may have as a consequence from their treatment.

In 2019 she developed the service further to include the follow up of head and neck radiotherapy patients using patient reported outcome measures and digital technology and it is here where Emma helps to provide rehabilitation, identify early lymphoedema and other late effects with the intention of providing help and support before these consequences have a negative impact on the patient’s quality of life.

Offering a holistic approach, helping patients live well with and beyond cancer and education on late effects to both patients and health professionals is Emma’s key focus and area if interest.

Ellen Bisci 

Ellen is 25 and had Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia when she was 9 and 12. The second time around she presented with a massive stroke. Although she's now 11 years cancer free, she's still living with a lot of late effects due to the treatment that she had and that affects her daily. Ellen struggles with chronic migraine/headaches, chronic fatigue, pressure around her brain and difficulties with her heart. 

Late effects aren’t really spoken about and I think most people’s perception is that once you finish treatment, life is automatically back to what it was pre cancer, but for many of us this isn’t the case. My late effects started pretty immediately after treatment finished and they are still with me today, some have been constant and some have occurred years after treatment. I feel that the conversation needs to be opened about late effects and we need to get talking to educate us all.

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