It’s difficult to believe that the leading UK cancer charities can be so thoughtless. Their advertising, bombarding sufferers frequently with reminders on both radio and television just is not helpful or supportive at all.

Start of Macmillan tv advertisement showing a dad reading a bedtime story to his small daughter

Lovely scene from the opening of a Macmillan advertisement

Of course it is probably more about money than anything. My reaction to charities spending vast amounts of money on advertising is just not to give them any. Similar considerations apply to those spending vast amounts of money on ‘rebranding’ or extraordinarily high executive salaries.

Leading cancer ‘support’ charities

Leading cancer charities? Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Nurses, Marie Curie. I’m sure they each do a good job, in fact I have reason to know this is the case with Marie Curie who supported my mother at the end of her life. But to bombard cancer sufferers daily with frequent reminders of their condition is anything but helpful.

Still from the advertisement above showing the dad being sick

Do cancer sufferers really need reminding how unpleasant chemotherapy can be

The worst I’ve seen is an advertisement with the tag line ‘A dad with cancer is still a dad‘. It is an ad by Macmillan. The clip begins with a dad telling his daughter a bedtime story; in my opinion that was all that was necessary. But then with a few flashes it shows him suffering as a result of chemotherapy, including a nurse telling him “it’s hard” and him vomiting in a wash basin.

What effect does the advertising team who came up with this, or the charity executives who approved it, think this has on someone facing chemotherapy?

I guess they don’t think as long as the money keeps rolling in.

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Grumpytyke is back, I hope fairly frequently, after a long absence, and I’m trying to decide whether to resume with the wide ranging subjects which I wrote about before – Romania, VW campers, classic minis, haiku, Yorkshire and food and cooking, and a few more as the mood takes me – or to limit myself to one or two themes. That might be difficult for me.

I just ploughed through emails going back to February this year – helluvalot of spam – and was glad to see a lot of ‘old friends’ still posting, though some seem to have disappeared in recent months. Apart from one short post in February ‘explaining’ my absence I haven’t really posted or looked at emails for about a year.

Me

Much of my absence has been due to a major health problem. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, had my first ever stays in hospital and spent a while with tubes and bags limiting my movement. Hopefully it’s under control for the moment. I might have something to say about the wonderful overworked nursing staff in the NHS, but the often abysmal administration, management and systems, in a future post. (more…)