Judith Potts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 59. Thanks to a clinical examination from her Consultant she was given a biopsy, despite both her yearly mammogram and scan reading as clear. Her treatment included a wide local excision (lumpectomy), followed by six weeks of radiotherapy in May-June 2008 and then five years of Tamoxifen. She feels passionately that when being treated with radiotherapy, the whole procedure (from the tattooing onwards) should be explained very carefully and that you should take someone with you to help you navigate what is going to happen and the potential side-effects.
In 2010 Judith was asked by The Telegraph to write a piece about her experience and, particularly, about the way The Breast Cancer Haven in London had helped her recovery. She feels that as well as being staffed by people who completely understand what a diagnosis of breast cancer means, the Centre is a true Haven in offering free complementary therapies of every type, nutrition advice, counselling etc. After the article, came the Blog, which morphed into a Column in March 2015 – 5 years, almost to the day, after the first piece appeared in The Telegraph. Her column ran until February 2019. She wrote for the Telegraph pro bono so that she can help open up a dialogue about cancer. She writes about new research and treatments, the work of charities and tries to promote the understanding and need for early diagnosis and her articles can be found here.
In May 2015 Judith wrote an article about the chronic underfunding of radiotherapy and mentioned the work of Action Radiotherapy.
In September 2017, Judith wrote an article, We Have a Dearth of Oncologists – How will we plug the gap? which highlights the work of Action Radiotherapy’ awareness campaign in the UK.