Karen Finn

Karen spent the past 20+ years providing editorial services for leading B2B publications, large corporations, small businesses, individuals and students around the world. Her portfolio includes articles and business communications on pharmaceuticals, medical technology, healthcare policy, regulatory and legal systems, international trade and intellectual property. Her articles have been published in Scrip Regulatory AffairsClinica Medtech IntelligenceMedNousSecuringPharma and International Trade Today, among others.

For Sophie, New Year’s Eve was as much an “I don’t have cancer anymore” party as it was a celebration of her 18 th birthday. To mark World Cancer Day , This Is Medtech shares Sophie’s tribute to 2016 and to life itself. “Cancer sucks. Everyone knows that. But believe it or not, even cancer has its silver lining,” she says of New Year’s Eve 2015/2016, which was the best night of her life thanks to Make-A-Wish Australia , a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. 1 The evening of music and spectacular fireworks at the Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve party in Sydney marked a new beginning for Sophie, who was diagnosed at the age of 13 with Stage 4 medulloblastoma, a common type of childhood brain cancer. “I endured endless days in hospital beds undergoing chemo and radiation,” she says, adding that this gave her plenty of time to think about her wish. Brain cancer is the second most common type of cancer in children, followed by leukaemia, or cancer of the blood cells. According to the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group in the UK, childhood cancers can be quite different from those affecting adults in that they tend to occur in different parts of the body and they respond differently to treatment. It’s encouraging to know that the survival rate for children’s cancer has more than doubled since the 1960s, and that about 82% of all children can now go into complete remission. For some children’s cancers, the remission rate is even higher. Everybody’s cancer story is unique Cancer treatment is individualised and therefore varies from patient to patient. However, the three main types of treatment are surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. If the disease hasn’t spread to other parts of the body, surgery can...