Well, to celebrate my return to the blogosphere (don’t pretend you’re not celebrating) and to welcome in the new year, I thought I’d do something light-hearted. So I’m going to talk about cancer. Yay!
This is a topic I’ve been thinking about writing on for some time. It’s a topic close to my heart both personally and professionally. But I’m not unique in that. Virtually everyone will have been affected by cancer somehow, whether directly or indirectly. Various environmental and age-related factors have seen cancer rising through the charts to become the number killer in the country. We’re still waiting for Gazza to turn up with some beer and fried chicken to try to reason with it… Continue reading ‘It’s All You’
Published 1st November 2010, 13:08
Sciencey , Splurge
Tags: cancer, research, shame
Unfortunately, crappy science can come from all around. It is a particular slap in the face when it comes from your own institution and covers a topic you kind of care about.
And so, with a heavy heart, we must turn to look at Professor Rosalie David’s recent headline-grabbing, stillborn offering in the maternity ward of science. You may well have seen the recent reports in the papers that cancer is a “man-made” disease. The source of this story comes from a University of Manchester press release publicising a recent publication in Nature Reviews Genetics by Prof. David, who is at the University.
I know that I have bashed the way the national press handle science stories before, but in this instance I don’t think that they’re particularly culpable for the negligence displayed in this case. Unfortunately, I lay the blame with the University’s press office and with Prof. David herself.
Continue reading ‘Mummies. Cancer. Bollocks!’
Published 16th September 2010, 16:08
Tags: cancer, media, research
Right. The Daily Express. You know, that suppositry that thinks it’s a newspaper? Well, today it carries the headline “ASPIRIN STOPS BOWEL CANCER“. Apparently Princess Diana was unavailable for comment.
Whatever about bowel cancer, I can always spot the work of an arsehole.
Continue reading ‘Express Your Contempt’
I’m sure you will have seen the furore recently over Avastin. To summarise, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, and yes it irritates me that they left the H out. If they’d rearranged it they could have at least had NICHE) have ruled out funding the drug on the NHS, on the grounds of cost effectiveness. The media jumped all over this and NICE have been subjected to another PR whipping as a result.
Cancer is, of course, an emotive subject and of endless public interest. So stories like this get traction pretty easily. Generally, the media reported it by saying that Avastin is shown (incidentally, the article that links to made me punch my desk) to prolong life in colorectal cancer, but the meanies at NICE were keeping the purse closed. No sweeties for you.
A NICE decision-maker steps out for a sandwich during the Avastin meeting. Source: the whole media.
Continue reading ‘NICE attitude, jerk.’