Author: Dr Hugo Schmitz

Canadian Breast Cancer Symposium: We Did It!


Two years ago, MJ and I were sitting at the Canadian Breast Cancer Symposium, a biannual meeting focused on breast cancer management, listening and Tweeting about the latest research on CDK4 inhibitors when a patient tweeted back, “Where are the patients at the Symposium?” A great question and one that […]

News digest – brain tumour awards, CAR T cell therapy, NHS ‘fast-tracking’ drugs and NICE decisions


Boosting brain tumour research A year on from the death of Baroness Tessa Jowell, the former Labour cabinet minister diagnosed with glioblastoma who campaigned for funding and support for brain tumours, 3 newly-funded brain tumour research teams have been assembled. Brain tumour survival has remained dismally low for years and […]

How To Stay In Touch With Long-Distance Besties


By Jade Griffiths Let’s be real. Whether 100, 1,000 or 10,000 kilometres apart, keeping long-distance friendships going can be challenging. Add cancer and all the Sh*t People Say into the mix, and it can feel nearly impossible. But, can we just say that we feel you?! We hear you! And, […]

News digest – ultra-processed food, liquid gel spacer, night shift work and how breast cancer spreads 

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A breast cancer cell. LRI EM Unit First NHS patient treated with radiotherapy liquid gel spacer  The NHS has rolled out a new ‘liquid gel spacer’ which helps reduce the side effects of radiotherapy. Radiotherapy treats prostate cancer but can cause side effects such as bleeding, diarrhoea and incontinence. The gel is injected in the space between the prostate and the rectum and reduces the […]

Rethink Remembers: Teva Harrison


Teva, It’s taken a little while to get to this tribute. I tend to procrastinate on things I do not want to do, and I really did not want to ever have to find the words for this. I wanted you to go on finding four-leaf clovers and being our […]

News digest – bowel cancer rates, brain tumour ‘pink drink’, cigarette displays and chewing gum


Section of human colon showing sausage-shaped crypts. Image courtesy of Winton lab.  Bowel cancer rates in younger people on the rise Figures from 2 large, multinational studies have shown an increase in bowel cancer cases in younger people.  One of the studies, part-funded by Cancer Research UK, calculated that there […]