3rd BCI VOICE Course Success

Zoe Leech Posted in Engagement, Events 09 October 2015

September 2015 saw our third VOICE: Science for Patient Advocates course take place, thanks to Independent Cancer Patients' Voice and all our dedicated volunteers.

VOICE201512As in previous years, we welcomed cancer patients - both current and survivors - as well as advocates with charities and smaller networks, to learn about basic cell biology and cancer development.

The aim of this is to empower patients without a scientific background or detailed current knowledge to better support their networks and contribute to wider discussions and policies.

Student and patient Annie Mulholland wrote for Health Unlocked:

"The course is run by a group of amazing people who encourage patients to understand more about cancer."

She also wrote for Target Ovarian Cancer:

"The staff at Barts Cancer Institute were overwhelmingly generous with their time and patience... the week was absolutely packed with fascinating theory and practical sessions"

Annie and fellow student Jan also spoke to the Charity about the course:

The intensive programme of five full days' lectures and practical sessions was broken up with social activities.

This included a charity quiz to raise money for the programme, supported by generous donations from the Hackney Brewery and East London Brewing Company. VOICE students teamed up with BCI researchers to tackle the trivia and win prizes.

VOICE20151Prof Sir Mike Richards also honoured us with a guest lecture on his own journey from oncologist to an influencer of government policy, assessing the challenges facing cancer treatment centres in our NHS hospitals and working out how to measure successes and push for improvement.

On the third day, the group took a tour around the Charterhouse, our elite and historic neighbours, who will soon be opening to the public so that its cultural heritage can be more widely enjoyed.

VOICE20154Our Professor Louise Jones demonstrated how pathology is key in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, demonstrating how biopsied tissue is received, prepared and stored. The sensitively-delivered session shows how pathologists' judgement and access to tissue is vital to patient care.

Annie said,

"It really is an opportunity of a lifetime."

We hope to run VOICE again to arm even more patients with detailed cancer knowledge – please follow our page and BCI and ICPV twitter for news.

With thanks to ICPV, all of our facilitators and our students, and Ruth McLaren Consulting.

Comments (1)

  • Peter Stonell

    Peter Stonell

    13 October 2015 at 13:19 |
    The commitment of the Bart's Cancer Institute to the course is what makes it happen, the staff collectively go the extra mile and, for them, it is the attendees interest, questions and involvement which makes it worthwhile - personally and professionally.

    Also, having seen details the three recent Nobel Prize winners award for chemistry I realise how much what we were being taught is at the cutting edge of the science.


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