CoppaFeel! founder on the importance of informing patients of all their options


EVEN with the amount of medical drama in my own life, I’m obsessed with watching medical TV shows.

I’m particularly partial to Channel 4’s 24 Hours In A&E because, mainly, the stories have happy endings despite serious conditions and horrific accidents.

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Kris Hallenga thinks patients should be told all their options even if they are not available at their specific medical centre[/caption]

The other day I watched BBC2’s Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life and it made me respect them all the more.

It featured a young patient who had a long operation on a brain tumour.

It fascinated me because I face the real possibility of having to have my brain fiddled with at some point.

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to share my story alongside my brain doctors at an open evening to educate cancer charities about my specific treatment – Gamma knife.


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Kris is worried patients too often go with whatever is available to them instead of researching what’s best for them[/caption]

Many people, including cancer doctors, do not know this treatment exists.

I was lucky to swerve having my whole brain “fried” with radiotherapy because I found myself another option.

But this shouldn’t have been the case.

The default position should be to offer ALL options – even if they are not available at their specific hospital trust.

Too often, patients go with whatever is available to them and that worries me. It takes guts and time to research what’s best for me but it can be a very lonely place.

I am glad an effort is being made to educate more people and organisations that have contact with patients who need options.

Returning to the hospital where I had to have 57 tiny brain tumours treated last year was a little unnerving, as it brought back unpleasant memories. But I was so glad to be there to share my story.


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