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Announcing our Bereavement Support Group

Announcing our Bereavement Support Group

Here at Pseudomyxoma Survivor, our focus is very much on surviving with pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) and appendix cancers. One group of our community who are surviving with PMP and appendix cancer are those that are surviving after the loss of a loved one to the...

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ERNs: Lend your support to the UK’s continued involvement

ERNs: Lend your support to the UK’s continued involvement

The voice of rare disease patients in Europe, EURORDIS, is supporting the Genetic Alliance UK’s #ProtectERNs campaign that calls on the UK government and the EU to secure the sustained involvement of the UK in European Reference Networks (ERNs) post Brexit. How can you help?

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Donate tissue sample – US patients

Donate tissue sample – US patients

Calling US patients: Do you have an upcoming surgery or an ascites drain scheduled in the United States?

If so, please consider donating your excess tissue for an important research project. The ACPMP Research Foundation has partnered with Pattern.org to enable patients to donate their excess tissue or fluid to the Cancer Cell Line Project at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

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Dr Paul Sugarbaker

Dr Paul Sugarbaker

Currently, Dr Sugarbaker is the Director for the Program in Peritoneal Surface Oncology. His interests are in gastrointestinal cancer, gynecologic malignancy and mesothelioma.

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CRS and HIPEC sounds complicated, what is it?

CRS and HIPEC sounds complicated, what is it?

Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) for pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) is a complex operation with the aim of removing all visible tumours, affected tissue and entire organs. The NICE guidelines recommends the Sugarbaker technique and defines the operation as radical.

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What things do you wish you were told when you were diagnosed?

What things do you wish you were told when you were diagnosed?

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I just re-found an article and while it isn’t specifically about pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) or appendix cancer, it is very relevant to everyone diagnosed with any cancer and I remember reading it and that it helped me with where my diagnosis (and two recurrences) put me and those around me.

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Share your story and leave us a review!

Share your story and leave us a review!

You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits —a review site like TripAdvisor— is honouring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2019 Top-Rated Awards.

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London Landmarks Half Marathon 2020

London Landmarks Half Marathon 2020

The ballot for the London Landmarks Half Marathon is now open! #TeamPseudomyxomaSurvivor would love to welcome you into the team if your application is successful.

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Intimate Audrey

Intimate Audrey

We were invited by our patron, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, to the VIP opening reception of the Intimate Audrey exhibition. Intimate Audrey is an exhibition on the life of Audrey Hepburn created by her son, Sean, to celebrate her 90th birthday anniversary in her birth town of...

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I thought I had a hernia

I thought I had a hernia

John went into hospital for a hernia operation. Afterwards, he was told that it wasn’t a hernia but a ‘small, bloody mass’. The pathology came back as pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP).

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Shortage of Radiologists

Shortage of Radiologists

As patients, we are all very much aware of the pressure on radiology departments and the ensuing delays. The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has today published the Clinical Radiology UK Workforce Report 2018, which highlights the pressures affecting both diagnostic and interventional radiology across the UK.

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Easter Shop

Easter Shop

We were so happy to receive this box of knitted items from Pseudomyxoma Survivor friend, Margaret. Knitted by Margaret and her friend Marion, they have donated them to Pseudomyxoma Survivor so that we can offer them to you.

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An Open Letter to Government

An Open Letter to Government

Pseudomyxoma Survivor is one of over 125 patient organisations that have signed Rare Disease UK’s open letter calling on the Government to review and refresh the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases. The letter has now sent to Baroness Nicola Blackwood, the Minister in charge of rare diseases, and Rare Disease UK have requested a meeting with her to discuss this further.

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How can you help us?

How can you help us?

We’ve a number of things that we’d like help with at the moment and we’ll be putting together a fuller description of them all shortly. If you think you can help, please get in touch. If you think there’s something you could do to support those affected by PMP and appendix cancers that we’re not already doing, we’d love to hear from you!

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Can you help us raise awareness of pseudomyxoma peritonei and appendix cancers?

Can you help us raise awareness of pseudomyxoma peritonei and appendix cancers?

This is a great opportunity to gain experience in a very small charity and develop your existing skills and learn new ones.
This voluntary role is what you make it, offering great flexibility to fit around your time and you will mostly manage your own workload from home. It is a requirement that you are available for at least some time during standard UK office hours.

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We’re looking for trustees!

We’re looking for trustees!

We are now looking for able and motivated individuals to join our Board of Trustees, to help lead and guide our important work. Mainly, we are looking for people who are excited by the work Pseudomyxoma Survivor does, share our values and will play an active part in the work of our Board. Is this you?

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Trustees Week, 16th November

Trustees Week, 16th November

As trustees, we’re volunteers who ultimately take on the legal, strategic and oversight responsibility for the work carried out by Pseudomyxoma Survivor. We take the leadership role in the charity, donating our time to ensure the organisation is sustainable, well managed and delivers impact for the beneficiaries and our PMP community.

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Securing a cancer workforce for the best outcomes

Securing a cancer workforce for the best outcomes

One of the connections we have made this year is with National Voices, the coalition of charities that stands for people being in control of their health and care. National Voice has drawn our attention to a new report published by Cancer Research UK, ‘Securing a cancer workforce for the best outcomes’.

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Sad News

Sad News

All of us here at Pseudomyxoma Survivor are really saddened by the news that Mr Fulford from the Christie has passed away. On behalf of all of us and our support group members, we pass our condolences to the team on the loss of a man that changed the lives of so many. To quote Mr Aziz, “The world is a poorer place without you, Paul”.

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Trustees Week 14th November

Trustees Week 14th November

One of the recommendations of the Charity Commission, the body that regulates charities in the UK, is that charities work with other charities. This is extremely important to the trustees of Pseudomyxoma Survivor and key to a lot of the things we do.

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Trustees Week 13th November

Trustees Week 13th November

Being a trustee can be very rewarding. As a trustee, you would have an opportunity to support and shape the work and strategic direction of Pseudomyxoma Survivor. You also have the chance to make a significant difference to a cause that matters to you. You...

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Trustees Week 12th November

Trustees Week 12th November

Here at Pseudomyxoma Survivor, we’re supporting Trustees Week, running from 12th-19th November, showcasing the work trustees do and highlighting opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference. We’ll be looking at different aspects of being a trustee and we’ve asked our trustees to share their thoughts on being a trustee.

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Mr Omer Aziz

Mr Omer Aziz

Mr Aziz is consultant colorectal surgeon at The Christie, one of Europe’s largest comprehensive cancer hospitals. At The Colorectal & Peritoneal Oncology Centre (CPOC), he specialises in complex minimally invasive (keyhole) and open surgical techniques to treat early, advanced, and recurrent tumours of the appendix, colon, rectum, and anus, including those that have spread to the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum), for which he performs cytoreductive surgery (CRS) with hyperthermic intra-peritoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). He is also a member of the medical advisory board for Pseudomyxoma Survivor.

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Thank you

Thank you

We are very privileged to be able to make family grants and it is thanks to the hard work of our fundraisers and donors that we have been able to do so.

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Authors posting articles on our blog are patients and family caregivers who write their articles with the goal of sharing their experiences fellow patients and their families.

As survivors and carers, information here is from our perspective – we are not health care professionals. We are all individuals, everyone is different. We recommend that you take advice from your doctors for specific information.

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