Children's Cancer - and research - Didn't Stop For COVID

Video by Bob Phillips

This is a collage of video and images from a children's cancer doctor and researcher working during the 2020 portion of the COVID19 pandemic. Cancer didn't stop for COVID. And we made sure it didn't completely destroy fun either.



On screen: Dr Bob Phillips, CRD and Leeds Children's Hospital

On screen: March ‘20

Dr Phillips: Hello, my name is Bob Phillips and, as many of you will know, I am one of the children’s cancer doctors at Leeds’ Children’s Hospital, and also a researcher at the University of York.

This video is to help you hear about the new coronavirus. Now, the CCLG – which is the UK’s organization that networks the cancer and leukemia doctors together across the whole of Englad, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland – has come up with guidance based on that from Public Health England and the best information that we have available.

We see a picture of Dr Phillips wearing a face mask and PPE glasses with a card crown taped to them.

On screen: April ‘21

Dr Phillips: Hello, my name is Bob Phillips and I’m one the investigators of the SHARE study , which is being run now at the University of Southampton, York, and via the CCLG. Now, some preliminary results from the study have showed us that very many of you are worried about the safety of bringing your children to hospital during this Coronavirus pandemic. We are also worried about you bringing your children, but we’re worried that you really should bring them when they’re poorly and for their chemotherapy. We have done so many things to make these places as safe as possible for you to bring them; and we know that treating children with cancer is hugely high in all of our priorities. Whether it be side effects, or the cancer treatments themselves, we’re making these places, these hospitals, as safe as possible for you to attend. Please don’t be concerned about coming and catching the Coronavirus here. We really due new you to ring up, to take advice, and to attend when your children are poorly, and to attend for their treatments.

Dr Phillips waves to the camera wearing a face mask and a PPE transparent hood over his head.

We now see Dr Phillips wearing PPE in a hospital room, he is prepending to struggle to lift a plush goat from a bed.

We see a TikTok video where Dr Philips is duetting a dance video for the “20 for 20 Cancer doesn’t stop for Covid” campaign. The captions on Dr Phillips read “#DancingDrBob”, “Day 9”, and “#20for20”.

We see a picture of a form detailing the contact information for the study staff with some CGI balloon flying over it.

We see a picture of Dr Phillip’s eyes over a face mask.

We see a video Collage: a Christmas TikTok video where Dr Phillips and his colleagues are dancing to Pharrell William’s “Happy” in a children’s ward wearing festive clothing and facemasks; and two videos of children dancing the same choreography to the same music.


Living through it - developing, undertaking, implementing research as it arose - and wanting to share it