DAME Tessa Jowell’s final fight with brain cancer is to be shown by the BBC. The documentary will feature footage shot just a week before she died this month aged 70. Baroness Jowell, a former Labour culture secretary, was diagnosed with a malignant tumour last year. She spent her last months battling to transform care for cancer patients across Britain. In moving scenes for Monday’s Panorama on BBC One, Dame Tessa is seen with daughter Jess, 37, and granddaughter Ottiline. She is also seen telling Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that she is not afraid of “what might happen”. MOST READ IN TV&SHOWBIZLOST BALANCE GUY Britain's Got Talent star Lost Voice Guy injured after nasty fall singing four our family BGT father-and-son duo reveal losses behind bittersweet ballad 'IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL' James Arthur says he isn't surprised his ex Rita Ora is bisexual LOVE S-T-ISLAND Love Island stars have to pass STI tests before entering the show STAND & DELIVER BGT … [Read more...] about BBC will show Dame Tessa Jowell’s final days battling with brain cancer in a new documentary
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LABOUR peer Tessa Jowell opened up about her battle with an aggressive brain cancer for the first time in early 2018. But when was she diagnosed, what's the illness and how old is the eminent politician? When was Tessa Jowell diagnosed with the brain cancer glioblastoma? The former minister for public health and culture secretary was diagnosed with a high-grade brain tumour known as glioblastoma in May 2017. She went public about the cancer on her birthday in September 2017. The former MP for Dulwich and West Norwood spoke publicly about the cancer for the first time in an interview with the Today programme on January 24, 2018. The brave mum-of-two, who also has three stepchildren, said she was "not afraid" and wanted to raise awareness about the realities of the cancer. She called for a change in NHS rules so cancer patients are allowed to take on the risk of undergoing different innovative treatments. In a moving speech in the House of Lords on January 25, she spoke of suffering … [Read more...] about How old is Tessa Jowell, when was her brain cancer diagnosis, who’s her husband and when did she become a Baroness?
A brave toddler, who spent most of her short life in and out of hospital fighting a rare form of brain cancer, has sadly passed away. Billie Bousfield-Smith died in at around 1.45am last Monday morning. Heartbroken mum Gemma Smith said that the tot had succumbed to a chest infection while staying at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, in Loughborough, Leicestershire, where she had been for a number of weeks. The 33-year-old, from Alvaston, Derby, said: “We don’t really know how to feel. "She started to feel a bit poorly and she had previously gone for a blood transfusion but it happened so suddenly and so quickly. “For such a long time, me and Craig tried to prepare ourselves for it and now it’s happened, we are just trying to make sure that Amelia is fine and to trying to get back to normal the best we can." “We received so much support after the first Derby Telegraph article was published and many people donated”. Billie was born on … [Read more...] about Mum’s heartbreak as brave toddler loses battle with rare form of brain cancer
When we're scared we tend to do and say things that are sometimes not the most helpful. This can get in the way of helping our friend or family member diagnosed with cancer and also get in the way of helping ourselves. It's completely understandable - when we're scared our brains kick into a primitive gear, they become more blunt and bypass the more subtle things that are actually required in a crisis like cancer. Here are 10 things that will help us cope better when someone we love is diagnosed with cancer: 1 Don't be afraid to say 'I don't know what to say' Saying this rather than avoiding the person is so much better. Many patients have said to me over the years what matters most was that people didn't avoid them. Sometimes the most helpful thing to actually say is 'I don't know what to say but please know I love you'. In the face of cancer never underestimate the value good, old-fashioned kindness. 2 Don't tell someone diagnosed with cancer to be positive and to look on the … [Read more...] about 10 things that can help you cope better when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer
Toddler Bodie McNulty has been denied proton beam therapy on the NHS because her brain tumour was 2mm too large. Now the two-year-old’s devastated parents are seeking treatment abroad. Bodie’s tumour, which fills a fifth of her skull, was found when she was just ten months old. Since then the tot has had numerous operations and six courses of chemo. Her mum Lauren Thornton, 22, and dad Kevin, 24, hoped the NHS would send Bodie to a hospital in Florida for proton beam treatment, which directly targets the tumour without damaging surrounding healthy brain tissue. But last month doctors dropped a bombshell – Bodie’s tumour did not meet NHS funding requirements. A letter explaining the decision said: “It was agreed Bodie was not a candidate for proton beam radiotherapy due to the size of the residuum disease.” Kevin said: “It was really hard. We were gutted. If the doctors thought it was too dangerous it would be a different … [Read more...] about Toddler denied therapy on the NHS because her brain tumour is 2mm too large