1. Tykerb is now up and running in the UK.
2. When I finish six months of capecitabine, I am going to get a break from drugs. They give you a break to recover (yes, I know, "recover" from the treatment - an upside down world, cancer care). I didn't know that, or perhaps hadn't taken in that information, and I was so happy to hear it; I was surprised how incredibly relieved I feel at the thought of time off taking these tablets.
3. These days it is no longer a simple matter giving nurses a box of chocolates, or any sort of gift really. I bring in some Jo Malone (the perfumier, who also had breast cancer, although she moved to the States for a couple of years to be treated at Sloan Kettering) products for one of the staff, and within minutes a corporate sort of body appears to make sure I haven't been "propositioned". Apparently nurses at Bishopswood, the private wing of Mount Vernon hospital, have to declare everything they are given as gifts these days, because, so the corporate body tells me, one of the patients was taken advantage of by a nurse who told him she needed some money.
4. Insurance companies, the corporate body also tells me, are starting to withdraw cover from cancer patients, on the grounds that it is becoming a "chronic" disease. They will cover treatment for one year. I tell the corporate body, as I tell everybody who asks, that - so far - Standard Life, my insurance company, have paid every bill without demur, except when I ventured over to Sloan Kettering in New York when they said quite firmly they wouldn't cover me outside the UK.