What's your Christie NHS story?
We are excited to announce a new partnership with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust that will capture the development of cancer care, treatment and patient experiences since 1948 through recording stories from patients, volunteers, staff, researchers and supporters.
Cancer is a unique, life-changing experience and is one of the most common diseases. More than 1 in 3 of us will develop some form of cancer during our lifetimes and there are more than 200 different types of cancer that are diagnosed and treated in specific ways.
The Christie, established in 1892, has played a central role in cancer care and treatments from the development of radiotherapy in the early twentieth century, to opening the first NHS high-energy proton beam therapy centre in the UK in 2018.
Capturing the voices that lie behind the history of cancer care, treatment and patient experience will deepen and enrich our understanding of a disease that has been central to our everyday experiences of health over the last 70 years.
Listen here to Hilary talk about her brother's experience.
Listen to Doreen reflecting on the poignancy of it being the last Christmas for many of the patients on the ward.
Mike Thorpe was diagnosed with stage 3 Prostate Cancer in 2014 and treated at the Christie. He now advocates for patient and carer involvement in cancer care. Before Mike began his treatment at the Christie his impression of cancer was as ‘a one way ticket’. But this changed rapidly after his first visit: ‘The Christie were magic’ he says, describing how surprised and pleased he was by the positive atmosphere there and how the staff had time for him.
Listen to Mike share how he marked his last day of radiotherapy by eating a cabbage.