Tambu Makinzi is a 27 year old mum of one from Zimbabwe and lives in Cape Town South Africa. She has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called chondrosacoma. This cancer has caused the cartilage in her face to grow out of control, she has already lost sight in one eye. A new documentary about her struggle airs tonight (Mon 14th Sept) at 10pm on Channel 5.
In an open letter to The Telegraph, a group of prominent surgeons, including Saving Faces' Iain Hutchison, hit out against the "postcode lottery" head and neck patients are subjected to when attempting to access treatment.
Pioneering surgeons at the Royal London Hospital are repairing our broken cyclists. Rosamund Urwin speaks to Professor Hutchison about the National Facial Oral and Research and reconstructs their incredible stories.
The launch of the National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC) was featured in the Evening Standard on Tuesday the 25th of November. The launch, which took place on Wednesday, was opened by reknowned actor and Saving Faces parton, Alan Rickman and Deputy Director of the NHS, Mike Bewick. Jon Snow compered the event.
Prof Iain Hutchison's editorial for the British Dental Journal to coincide with Mouth Cancer Action Month.
"As we find ourselves once again in Mouth Cancer Action Month it is salient to recall a BMJ editorial in 1994 which concluded that national campaigns and comprehensive teaching of medical and dental undergraduates would be necessary to immediately improve the prognosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). It was a plea for the education of patients so that they recognised that their symptoms might possibly be caused by cancer in the hope that they would then see their primary care practitioner (PCP) straight away; and for practitioners to recognise the cardinal signs of OSCC and refer early to the correct surgeon in their vicinity."
One of our supporters, Josh, features in the Embarrassing Bodies, Stand Up to Cancer special on Channel 4.
Josh was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, malignant melanoma, behind his eye. The operation to remove the tumour and stop it spreading meant he lost not only his eye, but a large portion of his eye-socket, cheek and jaw. Now, several reconstructive procedures later, surgeons have rebuilt his face using skin from his thigh, bone from his shoulder and dental implants.
Why do we react to "disgusting" stimuli, the way we do?
Professor Iain Hutchison joins presenter, Bridget Kendall, and a panel of experts to talk about disgust. This psychological and physiological reaction can cause undue prejudice to patients with physical deformities.
In 2010, Lynda French suffered a terrible car accident which left her skull split in two and part of her brain missing.
Thanks to surgeons at The Royal London Hospital, including Saving Faces trustee Simon Holmes, a team of doctors and rehabilitation specialists at Homerton Hospital, and not least Lynda's own indominable spirit, she has made an amazing recovery.