A week in cancer care
A student is inspired after seven days at the Christie Cancer Hospital
By the end of my third year I had become demotivated and disillusioned with medical school. In what now feels like a disservice to the inspiring doctors I was taught by, I found my energy and enthusiasm slowly drained by the obstacles to learning of the modern clinical environment. My student selected component at the Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester changed that. The first week of my placement was a week that changed my perspective on illness and medicine, life and death, and the strength and fragility of being human. One week reminded me why I loved medicine and why I had wanted to be a doctor in the first place.
The first patient I saw on the ward round was an abrupt introduction to cancer. Seeing patients near to death wasn’t all that familiar to me. After all, most patients in hospital aren’t terminally ill. She was almost unable