Female doctor staring out of window thinking how cancer has changed everything

GPs are Human Too: When Doctors Get Cancer

Listening time | 51 mins 23 secs

In today's AfterThoughts podcast episode, hosts Alice-May Purkiss and Toby Peach are joined by Dr Philippa Kaye. Philippa is a GP, journalist, and author of the bestselling book Doctors Get Cancer Too. She also makes regular appearances on ITV's This Morning, presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. 

Although AfterThoughts usually tells stories reflecting diagnoses in people in their 20s and early 30s, Alice and Toby thought this interview was a particularly powerful one. 

When she was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2019, aged 39, Philippa faced some bewildering internal turmoil. Her "GP" half wanted facts and rationality. 

But the "other" half, the half that was a mother and didn't need to reign in her emotions, was scared. How truthful should she be when it came to her children? How would she be able to manage the pain? Would the GP part of her brain help or hinder her during this time? 

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