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Cancer patient develops badge to use on tube

Shared by Rita Torrao on 2019-01-14 13:43

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It is well established that fighting cancer is an overwhelmed mission. Not only for the disease itself but also for all the consequences from the treatments.
During his battle with throat cancer, James underwent radiotherapy. To attend the treatments, James used to take the London Underground, and found it really difficult to find a seat as he was not visibly unwell and could not speak because of his treatment.

“I couldn’t talk as I had radiotherapy in my throat. There was no way I could make myself understood short of writing notes.”, James said. “I had to travel feeling like that and the heroic amounts of morphine I was prescribed made me appear drunk.”

Inspired by the Transport for London (TFL)’s Baby On Board badges, James created the Cancer on Board badge to encourage people to make room on public transport for those undergoing treatment. The aim is to help cancer patients’ journeys to and from treatment a little more bearable.

Adapted from: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/cancer-patient-creates-cancer-on-...

More info: http://canceronboard.org/

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James McNaught, from London, UK, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014. James had to use the London Underground to get to University College Hospital for the treatments. As he was not visibly unwell and could not speak because of his treatment, James struggled to find a seat. So, he came up with the idea of wearing "Cancer on board" badges when riding the network.

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