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By Clare English
This is about the ripple effects that come in the wake of big decisions or events. The current pandemic is having a dreadful effect on everyone but there is one group of vulnerable people it’s hitting particularly hard. Cancer patients. How can they cope when they don’t know if/ when they’ll get their treatment? Are they being pushed to the back of the queue? What else can the NHS do as it is struggling to cope with this unprecedented crisis? I’ll be asking some of the people involved.
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Covid, Cancer and Pharma


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It’s a wrap!
In this ( possibly? ) final episode of Ripples#Student2020. Clare catches up with her friends in the final year at Glasgow University. How are they feeling about leaving their education behind and going into the world of work? And how have they assessed their time studying amidst the Covid pandemic?
February 11, 2021
Two Covid tests and a Christmas wish.
The end of the academic year and our students are hoping to get home for Christmas.just one final hurdle to negotiate … covid tests- actually two of them! And if they do make it safely back home on time, what kind of Christmas do the students think awaits them ? Clare and Molly find out.
December 14, 2020
The college crew.
Great to be back with another episode of Ripples#Student2020- this time we are turning our attention to an overlooked section of student society… college students. They are struggling to continue their education amidst the Covid pandemic ... just like their university colleagues. Clare and Molly consider the challenges and hear from two students and a tutor from South Lanarkshire College.How are they coping and how do they feel about the quality of education being delivered?
December 7, 2020
This sporting life- not!
As the pandemic persists, students are forced to keep themselves going with what ever means they have at their disposal… In normal times that might have meant taking part in team sports or any kind of activity.But with the current restrictions, none of this is possible.... so how are they coping? We have some new faces this week and a special guest… A former BBC sports colleague. Hope you enjoy the podcast!
November 30, 2020
“ Well, here we go again…“ Lockdowns make a return in Scotland and Xmas is on the horizon.
In this episode Clare and her co-host Molly hear from some fourth years at Glasgow uni who are struggling to keep focused on their studies as another lockdown is imposed in Scotland.How are they managing the daily grind and ho ho ho - what are the chances of getting home for Christmas?
November 23, 2020
Episode 2: How are you feeling? Student lives in a pandemic.
In this episode of a new season of Ripples - #Student2020- we ask where your head’s at? Weird times and we all have different stresses and anxieties as the pandemic continues to dominate every aspect of our lives. What is it like to be studying in this mindset? Are there any up sides of down and maybe even some tips to pass on? Our two freshers are back along with two new contributors and no episode would be complete without the guiding hand of 4th year studentMolly Higgins.
November 16, 2020
X3 Students and Clare discuss The impact of COVID-19 is having on their educational experience
In this first episode of a new season of Ripples#Student2020 we are turning our attention to students.What is it like to be studying , living and trying to enjoy being away from home for the first time amidst the pandemic? Are students getting a bad rap - they’re limited to online learning and there’s also been some negative media coverage. In this episode -Great Expectations -we hear from freshers and get some sort of perspective from a 4th year student-Clare’s friend and guide- Molly Higgins.
November 10, 2020
The silent pandemic that’s hiding in plain sight
This is the final edition of Ripples about Cancer care for the season. We are five months into the pandemic and continue to see the impact that it’s making on so many lives. Time to take stock and see where we are with Professor Karol Sikora, eminent oncologist and constant social media presence, plus four well-informed patients.
August 23, 2020
The editor of The Lancet, Richard Horton on Covid-19 and the impact on cancer patients.
I’m delighted to introduce this week’s guest as he’s been in my sights for a long time.Richard Horton is a constant presence on social media - renowned for his forthright commentary on matters medical and political. He has decades of experience as editor of the Lancet and is also a cancer patient. Not surprising then that we had a lot discuss…
July 19, 2020
The patients’ experience part 2-Lesley and Jo.
This time I hear from two breast cancer patients who vent their frustration with the way the pandemic has impacted on their own treatments and those of many they are in touch with. What are the lessons we can learn?
July 12, 2020
Lockdown lives - the patients’ experience .
In this edition of Ripples I hear from five cancer patients, all connected through Shine - a charity for cancer patients from an age range that spans the 20s 30s and 40s.How are they dealing with the every day challenges and restrictions of lockdown and what effect is it having on their health?
July 12, 2020
The pioneering monitoring project that started as a WhatsApp group chat.
In this edition of Ripples we continue the data theme and look at the creation of a pioneering new monitoring project that’s helping cancer patients continue their chemotherapy treatment. Clare finds out more from Dr Lennard Lee and Emily Kinloch.
June 28, 2020
The importance of data for cancer patients
Data is at the centre of so much of the discussion about COVID-19. Think of those daily press conferences from the government as well as newspaper reports and scholarly articles; our eyes are drawn to the statistics to explain the story of this pandemic. Our actions and health care are determined by what we take from the information so it’s of particular significance to cancer patients. Join me for this 11th edition of Ripples and a great conversation involving Emily Kinloch, consumer lead for NCRI, Chris Carrigan, expert data advisor for Usemydata and James Peach of DATA CAN.
June 21, 2020
Paediatric cancer services and Covid - 19
This week we are looking at a patient group that we don’t hear much of during this pandemic… younger cancer patients . What’s is going on with paediatric cancer services? Are they facing the same problems as the adult sector with operations , referrals and trials suffering? Professor Pam Kearns of the University of Birmingham joins me to talk over the issues facing young patients currently and also future challenges.
June 14, 2020
Cancer surgery during the pandemic
Cancer patients are increasingly concerned that urgently needed operations have been cancelled because of Covid19, with no timescale for rescheduling on the horizon. But is it possible to deliver operations safely as the pandemic rages? We heard from Alison Tait last week- one of the few to have an operation in Edinburgh. So how rare is her experience? What factors are involved when doctors make these decisions? This time on Ripples, I’ve been talking to Professor Mike Griffin of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.
June 7, 2020
Unedited interview with Alison Tait
Not many cancer patients are getting operations at the moment but Alison Tait's story is different. This is the unedited version of the interview that appeared on podcast 7 (enclosing a 30 gap with a telephone interruption at 23 mins!!)
May 31, 2020
The lockdown operation with Alison Tait
This time we get to hear the amazing story of how Alison Tait had a mastectomy amidst the covid 19 pandemic. She had the operation during lockdown and told me all about the experience… Not all of it as you might think, negative.
May 31, 2020
The world renowned oncology expert and a patients’ conversation.
This time Clare hears from World-class oncology expert an avid Tweeter Professor Karol Sikora. He gives his reaction to the recent CRUK remarks about trials been put off for a further 6 to 12 months. Cancer Patients Dr Georgina Morgan and Lesley Stephen discuss the implications of this on their differing personal situations.
May 24, 2020
Covid, Cancer and Pharma
This time it’s all about patients and pharma. What impact is the Covid-19 pandemic having on treatments and trials? Are there some positive ripple effects? Clare hears from Diarmaid Macdonald of Just Treatment- a patient led campaigning organisation and from Dr Olivia Ashman, Pfizer’s UK Oncology Director.
May 17, 2020
Research and the patient
This time Clare speaks to doctor Suzie Cooke from Glasgow’s precision oncology lab (GPOL) about how her cancer research has been affected by the covid onslaught. She also hears from GP now patient Dr Georgina Morgan who has advanced appendix cancer.
May 10, 2020
Palliative Care Part 2
In this addition Clare continues to look at the problems faced by cancer patients in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Following on from last time, she’s concentrating on palliative care . How are staff coping with the increasing pressure? Andrew Anderson from Maggie’s in Edinburgh talks to Clare about the challenges.
May 3, 2020
Palliative Care
In this addition Clare continues to look at the problems faced by cancer patients in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. What’s happening to their treatment? What support is still there? This time she concentrates on the palliative care sector and hears from Andy Reeves from Marie Curie about day-to-day challenges.
April 26, 2020
Welcome to Ripples Podcast!
Ripples is all about unintended consequences that result from events or decisions taken.They can be both good and bad.The current crisis with the Covid virus is what I’m concentrating on initially..I’m zooming in on the experience of cancer patients for the first few episodes because their lives really seem to be hanging in the balance as the NHS struggles to cope with the pandemic.I’m bringing together patients ,carers, medics and scientists..I hope that their perspectives and stories will shed some light on a very difficult subject.
April 14, 2020
April 13, 2020
April 13, 2020