After diagnosis and two surgeries William left hospital with many emotions, mainly confusion and a dose of fear...and unsure of what exactly was going to happen next. Life without a map! Home with information that is not clear. It's not that anyone isn't helpful, informative or without care, it's simply that one is muddled and vital information seems to be everywhere but not in one place.
There needs to be an App, specifically designed for each patient, uploaded on departure from hospital, to replace confusion with clarity.
The App would be personal to you and those near to you. A quick swipe and up comes your case with vital contacts, GP, surgeon, nutritionist, oncologist, physio, to name but a few, and most importantly a helpline. Appointment schedules, outpatient appointments and who to call if you are worried, scared or just feeling low.
We all need clarity, we need to be in contol in order to feel positive. This individual App doesn't exist. We have to create it. We think it's a worthwhile idea, that it would really make a difference. We have to find someone who is brilliant to build the App and then raise a load of cash so we can tell everybody about it.
It's important that cancer patients are given the tools to find their way through their own particular maze. William has discovered that understanding brings peace and positivity, so we want patients to feel peaceful and positive. That's what puts you in a good place and that's SCREW CANCER.
Action against Cancer funds the development of cures for cancer at leading institutions such as Imperial College London and the University of Sussex. The groundbreaking programmes that they fund focus on developing new diagnostics and treatments to improve the survival prospects and quality of life for millions of cancer sufferers worldwide. This work is led by world-renowed oncologist Professor Justin Stebbing.
There are many promising projects being undertaken in their laboratory, examples of which include research on developing a cancer beating drug, targeting cancer stem cells and improving platinum therapy for patients with ovarian cancer.
Maggie's provides free, practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.
Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie's Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need.
They are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well, places where qualified experts provide emotional support, places to meet other people, places where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.