Doctor tells of cancer battle

8th March 2012. Dr Kate Granger and her husband Chris Pointon pictured at home in East Ardsley, near Wakefield.
8th March 2012. Dr Kate Granger and her husband Chris Pointon pictured at home in East Ardsley, near Wakefield.

A BRAVE doctor with terminal cancer has written her second book to raise cash to help other patients.

Kate Granger raised thousands of pounds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds from her book about going from medic to patient, The Other Side.

Now the 30-year-old’s second book, The Bright Side, is set to follow suit.

Dr Granger, a registrar in elderly medicine at Pinderfields Hospital, was taken ill on holiday in the United States last summer.

Tests eventually showed it was desmoplastic small round cell tumour, known as DSRCT, which affects just one in two million people.

She underwent months of chemotherapy at the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

Since then she has gone back to work and earlier this year published her first book, based on her diaries.

After it raised thousands, she set to writing a sequel.

Dr Granger, 30, said: “It examines my return to work and how illness has changed me as a doctor.”

Dr Granger, who lives in East Ardsley, hosted a fundraising party on Sunday at the Kashmiri Aroma, at Paragon Business Village, where cash was raised for the cancer centre.

Already 50 copies of the new book have been sold, and Dr Granger and her husband Chris Pointon aim to raise £50,000.

They also took part in the 13-mile Jane Tomlinson Walk for All event in Windermere, raising £2,500.

Dr Granger said: “I am surprising both myself and my doctors remaining so well for so long and although its not scientific, I think a large part of this is down to my positive attitude.”

Copies of the books are on sale at www.theothersidestory.co.uk