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Doctors Get Cancer Too is the 18-month diary of a cancer patient who is also a GP. Dr Philippa Kaye was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 39. In her book, she gives a personal, honest insight into her cancer scans, surgeries and chemotherapy, from diagnosis to recovery. She writes about how each stage felt and looked, the decisions she had to make and the impact it had on her and her family’s daily life, using humour to cushion the graphic details. Her GP role meant she understood the medical side of being a cancer patient, but the practical side was a steep learning curve for her, now seeing everything from the patient’s chair instead. She includes copies of the ‘just in case’ letters she wrote to her three young children, packing list for a hospital stay and home post-op tips. Her diaries weren’t originally written to be published. But by bravely sharing her thoughts, emotions and experiences in such a public manner, she hopes to provide some support, reassurance and comfort to other cancer patients – and to also highlight that bowel cancer can affect people at any age.
Dr Philippa Kaye was 39 years old when she heard those dreaded words. The diagnosis of bowel cancer would change her life and mean crossing the divide from being a doctor to being a patient. She soon discovered that her years of training and experience had not prepared her for the realities of actually living with cancer.
The book not only tells Dr Kaye’s personal story, but also provides practical tips for patients and their loved ones who are going through cancer treatment.
'Dr Philippa tells you what it is like living with cancer from the unique position of both patient and doctor. Her diary is honest and heart-wrenching and yet there were still moments I found myself laughing along with her... definitely worth a read.' -- Holly Willoughby
Dr Philippa Kaye’s book is a frank diary of her cancer journey and explores how it feels when you straddle two worlds: being a doctor and cancer patient. It acknowledges that when it comes to cancer, although knowledge is power, sometimes ignorance is bliss. Sara Cox
We all know someone with cancer, or have had it ourselves, but if you really want to know what they are going through then read Doctors Get Cancer Too. Dr Kaye will make you cry and laugh at her experiences on both sides of the doctor–patient divide. One not to miss. Vanessa Feltz
This is a book about cancer but it is so very much more: it is about life, parenthood, relationships and everything that makes us human. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. You will go on Philippa’s journey with her, so vividly does she describe the emotional roller coaster that cancer brings. This book should be a must for all of us, not just for those whose lives have been touched by cancer.Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE, GP, media doctor, and medical reporter for The One Show
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
|Publication date:||11th February 2021|
|Author:||Dr Philippa Kaye|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, Lifestyle & Health, Mind & Body, Self Help, Star Books,|
|Collections:||9 Books with the NHS at Their Heart,|
|Categories:||True stories, Memoirs,|
Dr Philippa Kaye is a GP with a particular interest in children's, women's and sexual health. She has written multiple books on topics ranging from pregnancy and fertility to child health and child development, and she has a weekly column in Woman magazine as well as contributing to other magazines and newspapers. She has regularly been seen broadcasting on radio and television in programmes such as This Morning and The Victoria Derbyshire Show. She is also the GP ambassador for Jo's Cervical Cancer trust. Her days are filled with a mix of general practice, media work and her other job ...More About Dr Philippa Kaye