Facebook's Nicola Mendelsohn opens up about cancer treatment being halted due to pandemic

Facebook's Vice President for EMEA Nicola Mendelsohn has revealed that her cancer treatment has been put on hold since the start of the pandemic due to the risks of catching Covid-19.

She told Piers and Susanna that the situation has been "difficult and challenging as it is having the disease Follicular Lymphoma itself, which lacks research and investment."

The mum of 4 was diagnosed with the incurable form of blood cancer in 2016 at the age of 45.

Doctors have been unable to confirm when Nicola can restart her treatment.

She described how it's the "mind games that's hardest for people living with an incurable disease to deal with because you don't know when it's going to come back."

Nicola also spoke to Piers and Susanna about Facebook's partnership with NHS Blood service providers across the country to roll out a blood donation feature on Facebook.

The feature allows people to easily connect with their local blood banks on the platform so they know when there's a shortage, where they can donate and also invite friends to follow suit.

Nearly 5,000 blood donations are needed by NHSBT every day to meet the needs of patients in England and every donation can save up to three lives. Timing is significant too ahead of any second wave of COVID-19 with NHS blood service providers urgently looking for people who’ve had coronavirus to volunteer to donate convalescent plasma.

Watch the full interview above.