CAN.recall App in Lancet Oncology

May 1, 2016
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Abstract: CAN.recall is a new app designed to help patients ask questions and retain the information given to them at their surgical, medical, and radiation oncology consultations. The app combines a clinically developed question prompt list (QPL) organised into categories that follow the general evolution of consultation discussions, with flexibility to edit the list to […]

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Corsica – Mediterranean island in the sun

March 20, 2016
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Through the airplane window, Corsica looks like a melange of rugged mountains falling into a turquoise sea, staying true to its reputation as the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is home to large tracts of pine forests surrounding glacial lakes and pockets of beautiful freshwater pools with crystal clear water, as well as […]

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London life: Reflections of a changing city

February 6, 2016
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WATCHING a young couple walking hand in hand out of a cafe into St James Park in London, I reminisced the days when I was their age. New to the city, the world at my fingertips and my heart beating wild with nerves, I was getting acquainted with the soul of the city and meeting […]

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Embracing change

January 2, 2016
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HOW often do we look up from navigating our daily lives and realise, perhaps there could be more to this? Some people live in a heightened state of awareness, knowing they are living the life they want, while some never really find their dreams no matter how long they search. Some of us find the […]

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Revisiting childhood days

December 5, 2015
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Recently on the production set for a commercial, I was asked to portray the older self of a 13-year-old girl, who looked uncannily like me. With this striking resemblance came the inevitable question from the crew, “Did you look anything like her when you were 13?”. I studied the young girl, whose sparkling eyes, long silky hair that coiled ever so slightly at […]

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How becoming a mother turned me into a germophobe

November 7, 2015
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AS THE leaves turn brown and wither to the ground, all beings prepare to hibernate. Winter is coming to the UK. In this part of the world, though we don’t have to worry about all-year tropical diseases, a particular microbe causes misery to families as it strikes at the turn of the season when the […]

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Mum and daughter weekend retreat

October 6, 2015
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Last weekend, I spent two days with my daughter Raphaella in Rye, a medieval town in East Sussex. The night before our departure, I paced the flat feeling intimidated that I would be her sole “in charge parent” for the next two days. What if she threw a tantrum all day? What if she was […]

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When life seems unfair

September 5, 2015
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WHEN life knocks you down and off balance, often a visit to the abyss of despair is necessary, while waving your fist towards the sky and asking “why me?”. You mope about for a bit, and eventually, the right thing to do is to choose to spring back up. Perhaps sometimes, it is easier to […]

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Tempering dreams with reality

August 1, 2015
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WHEN Martin Luther King Jr stood before 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he spoke about his dream of ending racism in America. The echo of his magnanimous “I’ve a dream” speech shook the nation and is widely known as the top American speech of the 20th century. In the […]

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No mummy is an island

July 4, 2015
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I COULD be in Malaysia today – it’s a humid 33 degrees Celsius in London as I sit in my garden amid freshly bloomed marigolds, lilies, roses, lavenders and lobelias. The aroma from the chocolate cake baking in the oven relaxes me. With a bit of imagination, it almost looks as though I live a […]

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