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The Thing About Cancer
Cancer Council NSW
In this series from Cancer Council NSW, Julie McCrossin chats to cancer experts and people affected by a cancer diagnosis. Get information and insights as we explore all things cancer.
Oct 2, 2019
Introducing Cancer Council Podcasts
Introducing Cancer Council podcasts, where host Julie McCrossin joins experts to answer the big questions about early-stage and advanced cancer. The Thing About Cancer podcast explores issues that may affect people who have just been diagnosed with early-stage cancer, such as coping with the initial shock and deciding on treatment. Cancer Council's other podcast, The Thing About Advanced Cancer, is specifically for people with a diagnosis of advanced cancer, and their families and friends. In this series, we explore what advanced cancer means, the latest treatment options, caring for someone with advanced cancer, and much more.
Jun 24, 2018
Family Dynamics and Cancer
How does cancer change family relationships? Can you avoid conflict and misunderstandings? Julie McCrossin chats with social worker Ray Araullo and psychologist Cath Adams about how to manage the impact of cancer as a family.
Jun 17, 2018
Tests and Cancer
Why does cancer involve so many tests? Julie McCrossin chats with medical oncologist Dr Lorraine Chantrill about all the different tests you might need − from blood tests and biopsies to CT, MRI and PET scans.
Jun 10, 2018
Brain Fog and Cancer
Are you finding it hard to concentrate or remember things during or after cancer treatment? Julie McCrossin chats with medical oncologist Professor Janette Vardy about her research into this "chemo brain" issue and finds out what you can do about it.
Jun 3, 2018
Managing Cancer Pain
Does cancer always mean pain? And if pain occurs, what can you do about it? Julie McCrossin chats with pain expert Professor Paul Glare about practical strategies for managing acute or chronic pain.
May 27, 2018
Sleep and Cancer
What can you do if cancer is disrupting your sleep? Julie chats with psychiatrist Dr Catherine Mason about why cancer affects sleep and how to get the sleep you need.
May 20, 2018
What can you do if you feel overwhelmed by your fears? Julie McCrossin chats to psychologist Cath Adams about how you can manage fear and anxiety after a cancer diagnosis.
Jul 30, 2017
Cancer Affects the Carer Too
How can you look after your own needs if you are caring for someone with cancer? Julie McCrossin chats to health psychologist Ben Britton about the carer's role. Listen now to find out more.
Jul 25, 2017
Genetic Tests and Cancer
Why is cancer called a genetic disease and what does that mean for you? Julie McCrossin chats to genetic oncologist Dr Hilda High about what genetic tests can tell us about cancer. Listen now to find out more.
Jul 20, 2017
New Treatments – Immunotherapy & Targeted Therapy
What are immunotherapy and targeted therapy? How are they transforming cancer treatment? Julie McCrossin chats to medical oncologist Dr Steven Kao. Listen now to find out more.
Jul 17, 2017
Appetite Loss and Nausea
How do you keep eating when you are feeling sick? Julie McCrossin chats to dietitian Merran Findlay about ways to ensure your body is well nourished throughout cancer treatment.
Jul 13, 2017
Making Treatment Decisions
How do you decide on the best cancer treatment pathway for you? Julie McCrossin joins Lyndal Trevena, a practising GP and Professor of Primary Health Care at Sydney University, to tackle this question and more.
Jun 30, 2017
Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis
What coping strategies can you turn to when faced with the life-changing news of a cancer diagnosis? Julie McCrossin chats with psychologist Cath Adams about life after a cancer diagnosis, and how to ride the emotional roller-coaster that often follows.
Jun 30, 2017
Sex and Cancer
Will your sex life change after cancer? Julie McCrossin talks with Professor Jane Ussher about the impact of cancer on sex and intimacy, and why it’s so important to have open and honest conversations about sex with your doctor and your partner.
Jun 30, 2017
Managing Cancer Fatigue
Why can cancer make you so tired and what can you do about it? Julie McCrossin chats with Dr Haryana Dhillon about how cancer fatigue is different to normal tiredness and outlines strategies such as pacing and gentle exercise.
Jun 30, 2017
How to Help Someone with Cancer
What can you say or do to help someone with cancer? Julie McCrossin chats to social worker Kim Hobbs about ways to offer meaningful support. Kim talks about how to navigate conversations about cancer in a sensitive manner and provides a range of down-to-earth suggestions. Listen now to learn more.
Jun 30, 2017
Explaining Cancer to Kids
How do you tell your kids you have cancer? In this episode, Julie McCrossin chats to CanTeen’s John Friedsam about different ways to talk about your cancer diagnosis with your kids. Research shows that telling children about your cancer diagnosis can provide reassurance, not just for them, but for the whole family. But what's the right thing to say? Listen now to learn more.
Jun 26, 2017
What is The Thing About Cancer? (Welcome episode)
Julie McCrossin introduces this new series from Cancer Council NSW. Get information and insights as Julie chats to experts and people affected by cancer. Together we’ll explore all things cancer – from treatments, side effects and practical issues to emotions, relationships and support. Go to cancercouncil.com.au/podcasts for more episodes, info and show notes.