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Talking With Cancer

Author: Katie Phillips

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Talking With Cancer is a weekly podcast that does exactly that; two friends, Katie Phillips & Clair Whitefield, talking. Katie has cancer and Clair doesn’t; just like the statistic, that “one in two of us will experience cancer in our lifetime”. 


In February 2022, at 43 years old and with no prior health issues or concerns, Katie was told that she had thyroid cancer. To be more specific, a type of thyroid papillary cancer known as hobnail, with a ROS1 fusion. The doctors said that her diagnosis was “rare” and “complicated” – not words that Katie wanted to hear in the same sentence. 


In the early weeks following her diagnosis, she decided to keep an audio diary of her journey and immediately thought of her good friend Clair. 


With Clair’s background in journalism, and Katie’s career in PR (she set up entertainment PR agency KPPR in 2011), they were the perfect match and recorded their weekly conversations over zoom.  


‘Talking With Cancer’ gives insight into Katie’s life with cancer, her treatment and how she’s experiencing her world now that - in her own words - “everything has changed and nothing has changed”.  


The chats between Katie and Clair can often be poignant and hard-hitting, but with Clair’s, compassionate and inquisitive approach complimenting Katie’s can-do, positive outlook toward life with cancer, the episodes are always cathartic, inspiring, and more often than not, very funny too (thanks to the weekly ‘mum cancer jokes’)! 


Whether it’s tackling the more challenging topics that arise from facing life with cancer or the lighter moments encountered on the journey – “never moisturise before an echocardiogram” – each week, the podcast offers something for everyone, as we are all, in some way, affected by cancer.  


Have a listen. You might learn something, understand a little more about living with cancer than you did before and hopefully, you’ll have a giggle too. 


For more enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com 


To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to: @talking_withcancer 


Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne.

 

Series Audio Production by Pixiu

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This week is a sort of bonus episode. At last, Katie speaks with Lauren Mahon, following a few attempts. They have a very open chat about a lot of things. Of course from one podcast host to another they talk about "You, Me & the Big C", and how that legacy lives on. Lauren talks candidly about how she navigates grief and death anxiety, particularly over recent years when so many people close to her have sadly died with cancer. She reflects on the strong and open hearted woman she has become, because of her own breast cancer experience. They discuss sex and cancer, fertility and cancer and of course Lauren’s charity Girl vs Cancer. And she passionately explains why she cares so much about a number of issues and wants to try and make real change. Katie signs off with her own health update, following her second clear scan in January.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0608649/episodes/downloads https://girlvscancer.co.uk/ https://www.instagram.com/iamlaurenmahon/?hl=en
Myths

Myths

2023-11-2832:54

Katie recently hosted a Cancer Myth Busting workshop at Soho House and in this week’s episode she shares some of that audio. Discussing topics such as a holistic approach to health, chemotherapy, cancer community, radical remission and generally what it’s like to live with cancer.  Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
All the Voices

All the Voices

2023-11-2229:30

This week Katie celebrates all the amazing Voices with Cancer who have featured on the podcast this series. She is thrilled to be part of a community of people who have shared their cancer story with her and her listeners. She has learnt something from each one and hopes in turn that having a platform to speak about their experience has helped them in some way too.  Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Headings

Headings

2023-11-1422:06

This week Katie thought it might be useful to highlight some of the things she's learnt along the way. So she breaks down four key headings and reflects back. They are: Narratives, Self-Advocacy, Death and Hope. She really hopes this is useful for you too. Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Mushrooms

Mushrooms

2023-11-0736:57

Katie's guest this week has over 20 years working in mycology and the ecosystem, understanding the benefits of mushrooms, and sharing that knowledge all around Europe. In her words she had to evangelise the study of mushrooms to help build her audience and in turn her business. Hearing about the benefits was fascinating, and Katie has first hand experience of their products which she believes have contributed to her wellness hugely. Add the promo code Care15 for all orders within the UK for 15% off. Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Good at doing nothing

Good at doing nothing

2023-10-3116:36

Katie is back from her holiday and realises she has become really good at doing nothing, something she is proud to admit. She has a lot to process but isn't quite ready to do that just yet. So she'll wait. She reflects on who she used to be, and how she wants to feel like she is moving forward following everything she's experienced.  Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Katie feels so inspired to have interviewed Dr Nina Fuller Shavel this week. So much so, that she has now become a patient of Synthesis Clinic herself. Their integrative approach to Oncology and Women's Health feels like a breath of fresh, an organisation where healthcare is collaborative, personalised, holistic and above all about feeling well. Nina always wants to look at the "why?"...why does someone feel the way they do and what can be done about it? https://www.synthesisclinic.co.uk/home https://www.instagram.com/synthesisclinic/ Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Health

Health

2023-10-1719:19

Katie is still processing the amazing news about her clear scan result. And is also trying to get calcium levels back to a steady pace. But she is confident that working with Synthesis Clinic, on an integrative oncology health plan will help her maintain her good level of health & wellbeing with a holistic approach, and she is very excited to get started. This week's VWC is from Florence. Check out @enoeco_ on Instagram. And www.eno.eco Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Beautiful

Beautiful

2023-10-1044:37

Katie chats to the founder of cancer charity Hello Beautiful, Jane Hutchison all about non-toxic lifestyle, and illness prevention. She shares her own story of breast cancer diagnosis, which was in 2012, and why she thoroughly promotes and believes in a life that is toxic-free.  https://www.hellobeautiful.org/ Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Expect the unexpected

Expect the unexpected

2023-10-0338:14

This is not the episode that anyone is expecting. Katie receives some news that absolutely blows her mind and is trying to digest so much. Despite her joy, she has had to spend some time in hospital lately, but recognises she has a lot to be grateful for. Juliet Simmons on Instagram as @julietsimmons Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Menopause

Menopause

2023-09-1918:05

Katie shares her menopausal symptoms and is trying to find ways to manage them. She’s been noticing how normal life feels lately and realises that she is very much living with cancer as a chronic illness.  Dani Billington on Instagram @healthywholeme Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Cancer by design

Cancer by design

2023-09-1237:14

Dame Laura Lee founded Maggie's Centre following her work as a nurse with Maggie Keswick Jencks, who's vision it was to set up beautifully designed cancer centres. The idea being that people impacted by cancer could come along for support and care and have somewhere to be in contrast to the hospital. They should walk out feeling better than when they went in. Laura fully understands the needs of people affected by cancer, and has done and continues to do incredible work in this space. https://www.maggies.org/ Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Party Time

Party Time

2023-09-0516:41

Katie is tired, but that's OK. She partied a lot recently and so it's been well worth it. She reflects on the experience of being social again for the first time in a really long, and was very aware of how special and important it felt to be around loved ones.  You can follow Hayley Gullen On Instagram as @hayleygullen Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
The immune system

The immune system

2023-08-2953:34

Katie continues to enjoy her relationship with the Institute of Cancer Research and this week she interviews Professor Kevin Harrington, Head of the Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging, specialising in head and neck cancer and melanoma. His research in to the immune system and how to use treatment to manipulate, block and deter cancer cells is absolutely fascinating.  https://www.icr.ac.uk/our-research/researchers-and-teams/professor-kevin-harrington Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
50 episodes later...

50 episodes later...

2023-08-2238:18

Katie marks 50 episodes of the podcast by going back to the very beginning and sharing how it all began. She is so grateful to all her guests and of course Clair for helping to create a body of work that she feels so proud of. As she continues to learn so much throughout the series, she is thrilled that in turn, she is able to share the knowledge, as well as her own very personal experience with cancer. Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Reconstruction

Reconstruction

2023-08-1543:11

The brilliant writer and journalist Rosamund Dean chats to Katie this week about her book Reconstruction; and life after breast cancer when you’re told there is No Evidence of Disease, but a risk of recurrence. She speaks very openly about how hard a reality that is. She shares all the things she's learnt since her diagnosis, and has a huge thirst of knowledge on the subject of health and well-being, which led her to create her brilliant newsletter: Well, Well, Well. Reconstruction: "How to rebuild your body, mind and life after breast cancer.” By Rosamund Dean On Instagram @rosamunddean    Raise your SQ: Transform your life with Spiritual Intelligence by Annie Ridout  Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
A process

A process

2023-08-0822:18

It’s been a much needed break from the pod and Katie is happy to be back. She shares what’s been a good few weeks of change, and has had some time to reflect and process what she’s been going through. As ever she’s approaching this new chapter with hope and a strong belief that things will be ok. This week’s VWC is from Emily Taylor who is on Instagram as @emystartshealing Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Katie chats to the Rad Chat podcast hosts Jo and Naman today. They share their passion for the world of oncology, specifically their field of radiotherapy. Both continue to practise as therapeutic radiographers. They love the patient interactions and relationships they build along the way. And they are really keen to create more awareness and a better understanding of what they do.  On Instagram as @rad__chat and their website is https://radchat.transistor.fm/ Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Break

Break

2023-07-0434:05

Katie talks more about her sessions with her Death Doula and explains how this is a great opportunity for her to think about her life and living. She decides to take a break from social media, and the pod for four weeks. And she gets her mum to share how she felt accompanying her to the colonoscopy a few weeks ago. This week's VWC is from breast cancer patient Andrea Hans @andreahansoc who shares the importance of self-advocacy.  Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
Katie interviews theatre director and writer Raz Shaw about how “cancer saved his life”. He reflects back on his cancer journey which happened when he was 28, and how it gave him structure and focus at a time when he was struggling with a gambling addiction. Once he was cured of cancer, his addiction was cured within weeks and he entered in to a new life chapter, doing what he loved for a living at last.  https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/death-and-the-elephant/id1553462102  Death and the Elephant: How Cancer Saved My Life https://amzn.eu/d/9vYXsU3 https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001l2bz?partner=uk.co.bbc&origin=share-mobile Talking With Cancer For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com  To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer  Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne. Series Audio Production by Pixiu
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