This week, Macmillan Cancer Support has launched its inaugural national podcast, ‘Talking Cancer’, which tells the real stories of people living with cancer.

Aligning with the charity’s strategy – to ensure Macmillan is right there for people from the moment they’re diagnosed with cancer – Talking Cancer has been created with people affected by cancer at its heart. The podcast will act as an additional touchpoint for people to access information through an easily-accessible platform at home or on the move and in their own time.

Hosted by radio presenter and Macmillan supporter Emma B, the podcast follows Emma across the six-part series as she meets incredible people living with cancer to have honest, intimate conversations about their experience. In each episode, she also speaks to Macmillan professional Dany Bell for her take on frequently asked questions and misconceptions around the main theme of the episode.

The first two episodes released earlier this month are:

Diagnosis:

Emma catches up with teacher Chloe over a cuppa, who talks about dealing with her leukaemia diagnosis after having a baby and how she initially put her symptoms down to being a new mum. Chloe reveals what cancer has meant for her plans to have a big family and admits how her diagnosis has changed her outlook on life.

Chloe, 32 from Buckinghamshire said:

“It was horrific. I mean, holding my little girl and thinking I might not see next year… it was awful.”

Treatable but not curable cancer:

City-worker Adam tells Emma about being diagnosed with a brain tumour during a work trip to New York, how he’s learning to live with cancer which is treatable but not curable and what it means for his future.

Adam, 36 from London said:

“When I got back to London, I got ribbed a little bit… [my colleagues were saying] like, ‘anything for a day off!’”

Within hours of launch, the first episodes had hundreds of downloads – and so listeners will be pleased to hear that the remaining episodes in the series are set to be released fortnightly. The final four episodes will cover a breadth of topics including life after cancer, end of life, work and cancer and cancer treatment.

Talking Cancer is available across all main podcasting platforms now. To listen or for more information, click here.