High profile cancer campaigner speaks with students
Medical students studying Cardiff University’s medicine degree at Bangor University, gained great valuable first-hand patient insight recently, when they heard the direct experiences of cancer survivor and fundraiser Jules Jones Peters.
Both Jules and her husband, Mike Peters, frontman with the rock group, The Alarm, have experienced cancer and are well-known for their fundraising and awareness raising about cancer through their charity, Love, Hope, Strength.
Jules was candid in sharing her experiences, both of supporting her husband who had has lived with leukaemia since1995, and of her own first-hand experience of breast cancer.
Jules has been very open about sharing her cancer experience, throughout, and explained to the students that she found great support and love from being honest with friends and family about her diagnosis. Jules was even in the unusual position of being filmed for a documentary while going through the process, and boldly shared her experiences as the cancer diagnosis happened.
She shared her insight with the trainee medics, both of how she and her husband felt and of their different individual coping strategies, and about their experience of treatments.
Bangor University School of Medical Sciences lecturer, Dr Elinor Chapman said:
“We were delighted to invite Jules to speak with the students and answer questions, as part of their module studying cancer.
What came across very strongly from Jules’s experiences was how important it is for doctors to not only treat the disease, but to keep a focus on the whole patient.”
Bangor University's is delivering the C21 north Wales Graduate entry to medicine 4 year programme (MBBCh) Graduate entry to medicine 4 year programme (MBBCh) in collaboration with Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.
The programme is entirely based in North Wales with placements across the region and we aim to train the very best doctors for Wales and more widely in the UK by providing high quality teaching, and an inspiring learning experience based around increased clinical contact.
Students on this Medicine programme will broadly follow the same curriculum as those based in Cardiff but with a greater focus on community medicine through a range of clinical placements in varied environments including a full year at a GP Surgery, time in large teaching hospitals in Wales’ largest health board, mountain medicine and rural environments