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23 Nov

The memoir ‘Beyond Courage’ has a beginning and an end date for my hero, my teacher, my inspiration, my son Andrew James Lancashire. He left this earthly planet eight years ago, today. At 22 years old, most young people would have their lives ahead of them filled with their dreams, careers and lives with endless possibilities. For Andrew, it was a life he did not choose. He was diagnosed with primary bone cancer, Chondroblastic Osteosarcoma. To follow Andrew’s journey, see,…..

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30 Oct

Gene editing or genome editing with engineered nucleases(GEEN) is a type of genetic engineering in which DNA is inserted, deleted or replaced in the genomes of an organism using engineered nucleases, or ‘molecular scissors’ This is the explanation of wikipedia’s encyclopedia. As early as January 2016, the buzz of immunotherapy, precision and targeted therapies using the latest innovation in medical and scientific arena has given hope to cancer sufferers globally. Gene editing technique was discovered just over three years ago……

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18 Sep

I recently came across a great piece featured on the 15th April 2016, in The New York Times of the Well-Health section, beautifully written by Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter on ‘resisting the urge to treat untreatable disease-and instead treating the suffering’. This brilliant article resonated with me on a very personal level. As I wrote in my book, Beyond Courage when Andrew knew he was at the end stage of his bone cancer, he sure made the best of the…..

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14 Aug

It is such a privilege to assist parents bringing their babies into the world as a midwife. A sacred and wonderful experience to be in, in this private ritual of a new life. Andrew came into the world surrounded and assisted by many health professionals for he was held back by his own umbilical cord. He came out eventually screaming and as if he had already had his bath. Clean as a whistle. Remembering him being placed into my arms…..

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30 Jul

Rare, invisible and deadly. If predictors of all cancers, rare and less common cancers are visible, there would not be any need for medical researchers, scientists and oncologists. Personally, these are now pandemic health issues. Urgency is required to fast track, genuine target therapies treatments, personalised medicines for rare and less common cancers now. I would like cancers to be eradicated totally because of the countless and precious human lives lost. The disease itself, the intense current treatments which are…..

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28 Jun

Andrew did not choose to die. He chose to never give up hope and live fully with each new day. Seeing Andrew’s strength in conquering the biggest battle of his young life broke his dad and my heart, as we could do nothing about it. As parents, we were supposed to be able to say it is going to be fine, and we can do it, we are with you in this. Deep down, we never give up hope, because…..

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30 May

This book is written in honour of my beautiful son, Andrew. Acknowledging the journey he had taken, the toughest challenge of his life and he had come up a champion and a hero in our eyes, his parents. He had also become an inspiration to many who knew him, others who knew him well, and many who heard about him, and those who loved him, like his families overseas, his grandmother, uncles, aunties and cousins and friends. There is no…..

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29 Apr

Chondroblastic Osteosarcoma (COS) is now on RareConnect Discussion Groups! In September 2015, RareConnect launched the Discussion Groups, in addition disease- specific communities to create forums for discussion on issues that affect all rare disease patients globally. Since 2010, the RareConnect Online Rare Disease Communities initiative responds to this drive to connect and has given thousands of rare disease patients around the world the ability to forge links and strategiess in disease-specific communities. Join us and create a discussion and be…..

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30 Mar

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by Checkorphan.org For more information on this full article below visit http://www.CancerMoonShot2020.org Cancer MoonShot 2020 Holds First Coalition Meeting: Inaugural Retreat of Thought Leaders from Government, Scientific and Technology, Healthcare and Biotech Communities Unify on Immediate Next Steps in the War on Cancer. The Cancer MoonShot 2020 Program is United States’s most comprehensive cancer collaborative initiative seeking to accelerate the potential of combination immunotherapy as the next-generation standard of care in cancer patients. This initiative aims…..

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15 Jan

July 2015-2016          International Book Exhibitions launched 1)  Beijing International Book Fair, China 2)  Frankfurt International Book Fair, Germany, 3)  Guadalajara International Book Fair, Mexico 4)  London Book Fair, England 5)  Book Expo America, America  2015 26th Aug-30th Aug. 2015.   Attending International Beijing Book Fair—Beijing, China 14th Oct.-18th Oct. 2015.   Attending Frankfurt International Book Fair—Frankfurt, Germany 28th Nov-5th Dec 2015.      Attending Guadalajara International Book Fair—Guadalajara, Mexico 2nd-4th June 2015    Attended the Inaugural Swinburne University Writers Festival, Hawthorn, Australalia. Author invited as a…..

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