A photographer's guide to cancer
Photographer Keith Hern decided to see the silver lining of his battle with cancer by documenting it through photography in this astonishing image guide
The book Bangers and Mash is no ordinary life story - it's a tourist's guide to cancer treatment in pictures. “Being treated for cancer is like being in a foreign country” said Keith Hern, “and what you really need is a guidebook.”
Early on in Keith's battle against throat cancer he began to keep a diary but, being a photographer, Keith's diary is in pictures as well as words. Recruiting amused nurses and tolerant radiographers to hold the camera, Keith's book de-mystifies cancer treatment and chronicles every step of the way back to health.
Not always a comfortable read, Bangers and Mash is fast-paced and completely compelling. Most importantly, it’s intended to help patients and their families understand “what they are in for.”
The big lesson is that it's not all bad. The book apparently doesn't pull any punches, but readers learn how it is possible to live through the treatment and get on with their lives. Keith does it with a smile and so the pictures are very reassuring. Bangers and Mash has already been widely circulated through the nursing staff at the Royal Marsden hospital where Keith was treated and is said to be one of the best-selling books in the hospital's bookshop and Macmillan cancer support have bought a dozen for their researchers.
To read more about Keith's amazing journey please click here.
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