with Isaac Dweben, Chief Executive Cancer Black Care, London
Cancer is still seen as stigma however this concept is now reducing.
Word Cancer has gone into the vocabulary of the community but still
more work has to be done. This stigma arises from fear as cancer is
linked to death and also from the reaction of community
" Stigma is still there,
Death sentence is still there
Big ' C ' is still there
Fear of unknown is still there "
" Cancer is not a one man show "
We have come to address a huge gap in the BME community as far as
cancer is concerned. There is a report from Department of Health
that reflects the importance of BME community to realise that cancer
is a neglected area organisations. That time there was no BME
organisation working in the field of cancer.
We need more people and organisations to deal with cancer patients
and more specific staff in the mainstream services like McMillan
nurses, social services, etc. There are very few Oncology nurses in
NHS Cancer Plan is working to tackle the inequalities in the cancer
During Palliative Therapy period patients need more supportive
elements that should address the emotional, social, spiritual,
physical and religious aspects.
of my brother from cancer gave me motivation to work for cancer
care since 1995"
Member of :
- Northeast London Cancer Network.
- London Cancer Taskforce.
- London Cancer Quality improvement Reference Group.
He is the first person to start
raising cancer awareness among Black community in the UK.
In the year 2000 he gave a presentation in House
of Commons on Cancer Issues affecting BME communities.
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