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Join one of our regular live chat sessions to get all your questions answered by the UK's leading cancer experts.

Schedule of Events

2013

March

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You can still use our Ask the expert service or alternatively you can also post your question to us on Twitter by directing your question to @AXAPPPhealth or on the AXA PPP healthcare Facebook Page.

Transcripts

Read the transcripts from some of our other previous live chat sessions.

Coping with cancer: Our second live chat with Keith Hern

After the success of his previous live chat, our member and cancer author Keith Hern returned for another online Q&A onThursday 15 November from 1-3PM.

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Your cancer questions answered: Haematology and oncology with one of our Specialist Nurse Advisors

Laura Braid is one of our Specialist Nurse Advisors who has specialised in Haematology and oncology since 2004. With 12 years of experience as a registered nurse, she has helped cancer patients through a variety of scenarios including diagnosis, chemotherapy, side effects, and stem cell transplants – meaning she could expertly answer your questions on cancers of the blood.

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Cancer from a member’s perspective: A Q&A with Keith Hern

Our member Keith Hern was three years into a career swap from corporate sales to freelance photography when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. It started what he has called ‘a five year roller coaster of a ride’, as having been cleared from throat cancer in late 2007, cancer returned in 2010 in his chest and then again this summer in his lung. To help him through, Keith photographed and blogged about his journey, and then went on to write a book on the experience, entitled Bangers and Mash.

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Head, neck and mouth cancer with Bhavin Visavadia from The Spire Bushey Hospital

From questions on oral and throat cancer, to queries on cancer in the head, neck and lymph nodes – our live chat on Thursday 18 October offered a busy and diverse discussion on the signs symptoms and treatments of head, neck and mouth cancer.

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Your questions on chemotherapy with one of our senior Specialist Nurse Advisors

As one of the most prominent cancer treatments, with well documented side effects – it’s expected that anyone affected by cancer will have questions on chemotherapy. And on hand to offer expert advice on the subject in our live chat on Thursday 18 October was our senior Specialist Nurse Advisor Karla...who has firsthand experience of offering expert support to our members while in treatment for cancer.

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Your questions answered: Supporting someone affected by cancer with Judi James

With nearly 30 years as a communications, body language and behaviour expert, Judi James was well placed to answer questions on ways to emotionally support a loved one with cancer in our live chat on Thursday 18 October.

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You questions on breast care with one of our Specialist Nurse Advisors

As one of our Specialist Nurse Advisors, Claire Davidson offers support and advice to our oncology members as a Dedicated Nurse, and worked as a breast care nurse within the NHS before joining our team. In our live chat on Wednesday 17 October, Claire was more than happy to address your queries on everything from checking for signs of breast cancer, to finding the right bra after a mastectomy...and everything in between, in a welcoming open discussion on breast care.

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Your questions on Pancreatic cancer answered by Pancreatic Cancer UK

As a small charity with a team of nurses and information and development managers, Pancreatic Cancer UK offers a great deal of support to those affected by pancreatic cancer, both online and over the phone. And with a passion for seeing the outcomes improve for the disease, Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Jeni Jones and Dianne Dobson were more than happy to address your queries in our expert live chat on Wednesday 17 October 2012.

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Colorectal cancer with Pawan Mathur from The Spire Bushey Hospital

Our expert Pawan Mathur is a Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon who has worked as a Consultant for 8 years and is the Clinical Lead for Colorectal Cancer in his Trust – meaning he was well placed to answer your questions on colorectal cancer on Wednesday 17 October.

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Reconstruction after breast and other cancers with Mr Ash Mosahebi from The Spire Bushey Hospital

Reconstructive surgery can often bring confidence and in some cases, day-to-day normality, back to those recovering from cancer. But it’s natural to have questions about such procedures, which is why our live chat on Tuesday 16 October focussed on addressing your queries on reconstruction after breast and other cancers.

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Communication and cancer with Judi James

Judi James is a leading TV expert in body language, relationships, social behaviour and communication skills. She’s written 26 books in total, with many discussing the ways in which we communicate. With experience of cancer in her family, she offered an honest and down to earth discussion on communicating about the condition with those who took part in our live chat on Tuesday 16 October.

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Urological cancer with George Fowls from The Spire Bushey Hospital

George Fowls is a Consultant Urological Surgeon in full time independent practice, after 15 years as an NHS consultant. In our live chat on Monday 15 October, George answered your questions on everything from the risks of having a history of prostate cancer in the family, to signs, symptoms and treatments of all forms of urological cancer.

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Nutrition for those affected by cancer with Lyndel Costain

Lyndel Costain is a registered dietician working in the NHS, media and as an independent consultant. Her clinical specialties include weight management and eating disorders, and she has worked at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Australia – being from Australia originally.

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Your Questions on Skin Cancer, answered by Dr Hady Bayoumi from The Spire Bushey Hospital

From examining moles and getting sun protection right, to the latest developments in treatment, we started our week of cancer Q&A sessions by inviting our expert Dr Hady Bayoumi to answer your questions on skin cancer on Monday 15 October.

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Safe, Summer Skin: Your questions on skin cancer answered

Ever worried about the sting of sun burn after a day in the sun? Or been concerned about an unusual freckle, mole or bump on your skin?

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Ask Dr Faz Pakarian from BMI about cancer: Live chat 29 March

Consultant Gynaecologist Mr Faz Pakarian was our expert for the third session of last week's online live chat on cancer.

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Ask Miss Leila Hanna from BMI about cancer: Live chat 29 March

Senior Consultant Gynaecologist Miss Leila Hanna answered your questions in the second session of our online ask the expert live chat event on the subject of cancer last week.

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Ask Dr Martin Hogg from BMI about cancer: Live chat 29 March

For the first of our March 29th online live chat sessions we were very pleased to welcome Consultant Clinical Oncologist Dr Martin Hogg to answer your questions on the subject of cancer.

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Ask Dr Stephen Mangar from BMI about cancer: Live chat 29 March

Consultant Clinical Oncologist Stephen Mangar to online our live chat on the subject of cancer.

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