Why don’t UK cancer treatments learn from abroad?

World Health Organisation constantly places

UK at bottom of treatment tables

Why?  Asking NHS big-wigs just gets a shrug of the shoulders.

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UN World Health Organisation Wikipedia .

But waking up with bleeding blisters all over my body, three days after starting Tamoxifen, acted as a wake-up call.

I went to France to find out why the French live longer than we do after a cancer diagnosis (average 4.6 years) and if they were any better at giving helpful treatment.

I had been told by a top Oncologist “it’s your age” that caused the bloody blisters – and felt sure that was wrong.

The Centre La Roche Posey (LRP) treats about 10,000 patients a year, who come here with horrendous burns and other skin problems.  I was given an appointment with a ‘gatekeeper’ doctor (because I had referred myself), he sent me off for a 2nd opinion;  I then had blood tests, and a nurse took some scrapings, then up came an hour-long massage.

I discovered that Europe is way in advance of us when it comes to massage;  every European hospital I then went to gave it automatically to patients on cancer drugs, a part of their treatment.  In Germany I found out that a once-a-month massage was considered necessary for the whole time one was on drugs.

Once that was over it was time for an appointment with the hospital Pharmacist.  She took me through the range of products which LRP had LP15149_bigdeveloped specifically to treat our problems – no “age’ nonsense here!

And a charming gesture – she gave me copies of Clinical Trials (LRP have had around 80 carried out on their products) written in English, and a box of samples to give to the nurses of the hospital where I was being treated in London.

I feel ashamed to write this – but after all the numerous surveys that show Britain at the bottom of cancer survival tables, the nurses in England were dismissive – saying “they probably want us to recommend them”.  And put the samples in the w.p.b – when my back was turned.

But if you are more forward-thinking than they are, we can now buy these in bootslogoBoots and certain specialist Chemists with knowledgeable assistants.  The range has been sold to L’Oreal – but it is still as good as when it was developed.

So after that I had no qualms in going abroad when problems occurred and I found UK hospitals trying to tell me they didn’t know how to treat side effects.

One tries to be forgiving on the NHS – but it is about time they opened their eyes and looked across the Channel.  And having been treated all over Europe, I can confirm it is plain common-sense, allied to care for the patient, that gives European cancer hospitals better outcomes;  CNS in Europe blanch when you explain the ‘Clinic’ system – the idea of not seeing your ‘usual’ doctor, but any old one, horrifies them!

And the cost?  I just don’t remember – it hardly made a dent in my credit card, but my skin lesions cleared up almost immediately.  LRP products were inexpensive compared with what I had been using, and even in Britain they are very good value for money.

I just wish that NICE would approve them – as happens in most countries.  Then we could get them on prescription.  The one LRP product we CAN get for free is their anti-sun cream, Anthelios, but why did NICE approve that and not the general products for our bodies?

After this experience, I was hooked on the European way of treating, which certainly worked for me – and I enjoyed the TLC.

If anyone wants non-medical information about centres in Europe where I have been treated, contact me on verite@greenbee.net

 

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