Life After Cancer

  • Series
Panels 1 and 2 of a four-panel comic, drawn digitally. In panel 1, a white man with a moustache, corduroy trousers and a plaid shirt wears a bright orange helmet and a smile as he leaps into the air on a skateboard. The caption text reads "You'd think having cancer..." In panel 2, the man is shown leaping from an aeroplane with a parachute backpack, goggles and a terrified expression. The caption text reads "would give you a new lease of life..."
Adrenaline. © Alex Brenchley for Wellcome Collection.

In the ‘Life After Cancer’ series of cartoons, Alex Brenchley humorously illustrates what life can be like for a young adult after cancer treatment has finished. Many people may go on to live long cancer-free lives, but it’s not quite as simple as that, and there can be many repercussions for the mind and body.

About the artist

Alex Brenchley

Alex Brenchley is an artist and cartoonist based in London. His work has been published by the BBC, the NHS, Literary Review, Tinpot Records, Universal Records, and The New Statesman magazine has featured his ‘This England’ cartoon series in every issue since February 2017. Alex was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer in his 30s and, following a year of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgeries, he is currently in remission.