They told me not to go:  Flat Holm Island, Wales

by Prof. Mark Taubert, Palliative Care Consultant, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom    Twitter: @ProfMarkTaubert A trip to a remote island with a derelict cholera hospital, to record a National Heritage Lottery funded audio podcast about pandemics, palliative care and isolation, inadvertently turns into an adventure.   Flat Holm, or ‘Ynys Echni’, its Welsh name, […]

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A conversation about dying – Green Man Festival 2021

News and Events “What happens when you die” event at Green Man Festival 2021. Listen to the event here. The Green Man Festival is Wales’ largest art festival, and it returned with furore and a large offering of musical and spoken word performances, after being cancelled in 2020.     Where better to discuss the […]

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“One can die, but cannot fall ill”– A Survey on how costs may affect choice of therapy in Singapore

An article by Song Chiek Quah of the National Cancer Centre in Singapore   Introduction Continued advances in medical care in the recent years have given some hope to patients afflicted with diseases that, in the past, have poor prognoses. However it would seem that hope comes at a price, at least within the Singaporean context. This […]

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Studies of interest in Supportive and Palliative care on the CancerHelp UK clinical trials database

Introduction Do your cancer patients ever ask you about clinical trials? If so, you could show them the CancerHelp UK clinical trials database (http://cancerhelp.cancerresearchuk.org/trials/trials-search/) which is part of the comprehensive patient information website of Cancer Research UK.  This unique service was started over 10 years ago and provides information about UK cancer trials and studies, […]

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‘Holding the baby’ at the end of life

J Gibbins,1 C Reid,2 R McCoubrie2 1SpR Palliative Medicine, Department of Palliative Medicine, Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre, Horfield, Bristol, UK 2Department of Palliative Medicine, Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre, Horfield, Bristol, UK Correspondence to Dr Jane Gibbins; janegibbins@hotmail.com Abstract Although there are obvious differences in caring for people at the extremes of life (newborns […]

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