Cancer patients’ letter thanks staff who continued treatment during Covid
21 July 2020
Covid-19 and lockdown is daunting enough as it is, but having concerns about whether your prostate cancer care continues adds another level of worry.
That was exactly the situation that Malcolm Clark, from South
Woodham Ferrers, found himself in, however he quickly discovered
that his crucial treatment would continue throughout the pandemic
at Southend Hospital.
The 66 year old received urgent radiotherapy treatment for just
over seven weeks and felt he got such a fantastic service from the
dedicated staff that he wrote and thanked them.
Malcolm said: "The cancer care I had at Southend was fantastic,
you want those people in your corner, they made me feel like I was
the only patient under their care. I think it is fair to say I was
in a dark place before my treatment started, but Southend have been
amazing. I knew I was in safe hands."
On why he decided to write a letter, Malcolm added: "I'm a great
believer in telling people if something is really good, they
deserve to know about it. A kind word goes a long way. The
Radiotherapy team who looked after me have been phenomenal, an
amazing group of young men and women who I just can't speak highly
"From the first minute I walked in I was reassured, I'd never
been in this situation before and I wasn't handling the cancer
process very well. I was scared and angry, but their constant
reassurance made me comfortable, and when I felt exposed they
maintained my dignity."
Malcolm has now completed his radiotherapy treatment, and
although he isn't enjoying some of the side effects, he says that
in the grand scheme of things he is doing well.
In his heartfelt letter, Malcolm wrote:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the
amazing group of people in the radiotherapy department at Southend
Hospital. You are all dedicated in helping others just like me. As
you can imagine having and being treated for any form of cancer is
scary for anyone.
However, the kindness and gentility shown to me by Adrian,
Radiya, Hodmar, Jake, Anna, Caitlin, and many others too numerous
to mention, who have all guided and supported me through this
procedure. These dedicated young people are a credit to the
radiotherapy department and more over to Southend