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Cancer Tales

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1151
  1. Monica Desai, fourth year medical student,
  2. Adrian Gonzalez, BMJ Clegg Scholar
  1. Imperial College, London,

    Written by Nell Dunn

    Directed by Trevor Walker Greenwood Theatre, Weston Street, London SE1, 16 May Performed as part of the Art of Dying symposium at King's College London

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    When Nell Dunn's father died from cancer, she found it difficult to handle. She did not know how to help him or cope with his death. She lived in denial for years. That was 25 years ago. Now, at the age of 67, she feels that she needs to learn from that experience and be “more friendly with death.” She says: “I want it to be part of ordinary life.”

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    Dunn: now less afraid of death


    Dunn decided to learn from others and write Cancer Tales. She got in touch with friends whose lives had been affected by cancer, friends of friends, and oncologists and their patients, and decided to tell their …

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