From Cancer to the Palace in Six Years – Chris Curtis, Friday 16 November 1430-1530

Chris Curtis is a Head & Neck Cancer Survivor, World Cancer Advocate and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCLAN School of Health Sciences.  This presentation links to GDC Development Outcome A.


Awareness and education around Head & Neck Cancer


  • Patient insight to the Cancer Pathway
  • Education from a patient view
  • What are the challenges in survivorship
  • Living with side effects


How one word can change your life  – ‘Cancer’.   Friday, 13th May 2011 @ 11am, I was diagnosed with Throat Cancer and my world fell apart. My first thought was “I am going to die and lose my special wife Sharon, family and friends!” I remember the consultant saying “The Biopsy was positive, you have CANCER” –  the next thing to happen, I can only relate to a ‘Blue Screen on a PC’ ; my mind went blank and I can’t remember anything else (Information Overload) that day or for the following week until my treatment started.

My cancer journey has been sometimes low and other times high, now I am living the dream. Come and take a seat on my cancer journey and see how I got to the Palace and tour the world.