Jane Dorey McLelland
Grad Dip Phys MCSP
Jane qualified as a physiotherapist in 1987, gaining a distinction in her exams and winning the Sarah Leeson Memorial Award for the most promising student. After qualifying she worked in the NHS and private practice for 12 years specialising in Neurology and then Orthopaedics.
In the early ’90s she developed a novel bathtime exercise routine, designing a waterproof book that inverted into a flip chart complete with rubber sucker. Despite publishing ‘Bathrobics’ herself the book became a bestseller in bookstores and through the Innovations Catalogue selling 10,000 copies.
In 1994 Jane was the victim of medical negligence after a series of colposcopy and biopsy errors at St George’s Hospital. After several blunders she was diagnosed with Stage 3 cervical cancer. This led to an out of court settlement. Following 6 months of gruelling treatment Jane bounced back developing and formulating her own range of toiletries. The ritual combined beauty, exercise and relaxing music composed by Jane and her brother Martyn.
Sadly before launching her first range of products Jane was diagnosed with stage 4 (terminal) cancer. The following few years she describes as ‘extreme multi-tasking.’ She became her own ‘expert’ in Oncology, researching her own unique method to put herself into remission with a combination of old off patent drugs and powerful natural supplements and an anticancer diet. Whilst doing this she also reformulated her toiletries to remove parabens, sulphates and other toxic ingredients at a time when this was not the norm. Working entirely on her own she developed and marketed three different ranges of products (Beauty Spa, Pregnancy Spa, Tranquillity Spa) all with different products. Over the space of 4 years she not only created these but sold them into department stores (John Lewis, Debenhams), bookstores and other outlets. In 2003 her Bathrobics Beauty Spa ritual won the coveted UK GIFT OF THE YEAR, awarded by the UK Gift Association and presented by comedienne Ruby Wax at the Savoy Hotel in London. Her Tranquillity Spa was shortlisted the following year. She retains full intellectual property rights on copyright, design and formulations and she is contemplating a relaunch.
Throughout this time she kept her illness a secret from all her business contacts and from the ‘Dragons’ on Dragons Den. Jane appeared on the BBC show in 2003. She has made several other appearances on TV; This Morning (twice), Good Morning, Ideal World Shopping Channel. She has been a guest on Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 2 and several regional radio shows. She has been featured in numerous newpapers and magazines.
Despite a full order book, including orders from the US, Jane gave up her business when her son Jamie was born by surrogacy in 2006. Her second son Sam arrived in 2009 by the same surrogate.
Until recently Jane has been quietly helping individual patients deal with advanced cancer designing integrative therapy programmes, including old off patent drugs which the patient needs to get from their doctor. There have been many problems with acquiring these drugs so it was a massive relief when she discovered the Care Oncology Clinic in 2015 which is studying an almost identical protocol to her own. Since then Jane has found the courage to speak out about her illness in public. She now spends her spare time educating and empowering cancer patients to seek alternative treatments, in particular to research old drugs. She has a growing facebook following on her ‘Jane McLelland Off label drugs for Cancer’ site. She has visited parliament several times to help change legislation with off patent drugs.
Jane is also a keen sportswoman, she is a National Medallist in Karate, as well as a National and European Champion in Sailing. What she enjoys most is mucking about with her family especially on their boat.
Her book How I Starved Cancer will be published in the near future.