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Breast Cancer Now

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If you’re looking for authentic stories about life with and beyond breast cancer, we’re here. Welcome to the Breast Cancer Now podcast. Join host Laura for open, supportive and honest conversations with guests who have personal or professional experience of breast cancer. Laura Price is a writer, podcaster and author of the novel Single Bald Female. She’s living with secondary, incurable breast cancer. We’re Breast Cancer Now, the research and support charity. If you’ve got questions about b ...
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So Now I’ve Got Breast Cancer

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Everything you want to know about your breast cancer diagnosis but are too afraid to ask. If you’ve just been diagnosed, this is the show for you. Hosted by Dr Liz O’Riordan, the Breast Surgeon with Breast Cancer.
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In this episode, Laura talks to Barbara about working after a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Barbara shares her experience being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, and how she realised a need to support people with cancer going back to work. She also speaks about her organisation Working With Cancer, and describes the ways a person working with…
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In this episode, Laura talks to Fiona, a Breast Cancer Voice and active campaigner for disability issues. Fiona speaks about being diagnosed with breast cancer over 30 years ago, and the challenges she faced during her diagnosis and treatment. She tells Laura about her disability and wheelchair use, and how it created obstacles in treatment for bre…
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In this episode, Laura talks to Claire, support and patient engagement manager at Make 2nds Count, a UK-wide charity giving hope to people living with secondary breast cancer. Claire speaks about the work that Make 2nds Count does for people with secondary breast cancer, including their Patient Trials Advocate service helping patients with the expl…
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In this episode, Laura talks to Fran, a cancer exercise and rehabilitation specialist. Fran speaks about her diagnosis of secondary breast cancer at the age of just 25 years old. She tells Laura about how she got back to exercising in incredible time after her surgery, and talks about the importance of 'prehab' before treatment. Fran also describes…
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In this episode, Laura talks to Sonia, member of the board of trustees at Breast Cancer Now. Sonia speaks about her diagnosis of breast cancer and how it affected her personally and professionally. She tells Laura about how she believed black women don't get breast cancer, back when she was diagnosed in 2004, and how she works to improve diversity …
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I know what it’s like to have your sex life turned upside down by breast cancer treatment. I’d only been married for a couple of years and neither my husband Dermot or I were prepared for what was about to happen. I wanted him to divorce me and find a woman with 2 healthy breasts and a libido to match.And I know I’m not alone. You’ve sent me so man…
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Is it true that sugar feeds cancer? Do you really need to detox? What should you eat when you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer? As a breast surgeon I had no idea my patients were scouring the internet looking for a miracle diet, but the minute I became a patient I realised how much misinformation is out there regarding what we should eat. On th…
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In this episode, Laura talks to Paralympic athlete Erin Kennedy, member of Team GB's Paralympic rowing squad and breast cancer awareness campaigner. Erin speaks about how she continued competing to win a gold medal during chemotherapy, then winning again after a double mastectomy the following year. She also voices her strong support for breast awa…
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Have you found out that you need to have radiotherapy? Do you want to know how it works or why you need it in the first place? Maybe you're worried about the side effects? In this episode I’m going to answer all your questions about radiotherapy with this weeks’ experts, Jo and Naman, the two therapeutic radiographers behind the award-winning podca…
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In this episode, Laura asks Dr Liz O'Riordan questions about breast cancer ranging from diet and exercise to treatment and drugs, from signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer to how to reduce a risk of recurrence, from what cancer actually is to whether it can be cured, and many more. Dr Liz is a breast cancer expert who worked as a breast su…
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In this episode, Laura talks to Dr Liz O'Riordan and Dan Wills about the ways to find reliable breast cancer information, as well as tips on how to spot misinformation and false facts. They also delve into the issues surrounding health claims on social media and how they can be harmful to people with cancer. Dr Liz O'Riordan is a breast cancer expe…
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One of the questions I dreaded getting asked when I worked as a breast surgeon was ‘How do I tell my children?’ I don’t have children of my own, and I had no idea what to say. My breast care nurses would step in and I would breathe a sigh of relief. Judging from all your questions this week, telling your children you have cancer can be fraught with…
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In this episode, Laura talks to Hannah Gardner about the life-extending drug Enhertu, which has just been rejected for use on the NHS in England. This means thousands of women, including Hannah, will be denied access to a drug that could’ve given them the hope of more time to live. Join Hannah and Breast Cancer Now in calling on NICE, NHS England a…
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One of the first questions my patients asked when I told them they needed chemo was ‘Am I going to lose my hair?’. And when your hair does fall out, there are even more questions. Why does it come back grey and curly? How do I explain to my children that I’m bald? Where can you find a decent wig? On this episode I’m going to answer all your questio…
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Just hearing the words ‘you need chemotherapy’ can turn your world upside down. I hated telling my patients they needed it, and when I found I out I would have it myself, I felt lost.Would my hair fall out? How bad would it be? Would it work? How would I cope? Add to that the other drugs we give patients - targeted therapies and immunotherapy - it …
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Are you struggling to decide what breast surgery to choose? Do you want to know if it’s worth having both breasts removed? How do you work out whether to have a breast reconstruction? There are so many things to consider when it comes to breast surgery, and in this episode I’m going to answer all your questions with this week’s guest, Anushka Chaud…
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In this episode, Laura talks to Jan and Fern, a mother and daughter who were diagnosed with breast cancer just weeks apart. Fern shares how her mum's cancer led her to check her own breasts, and Jan talks about the emotional impact of her daughter being diagnosed with the same disease. They also share how they supported each other through treatment…
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I'm really excited to tell you that we're starting season 2 with a bit of sparkle. Amy Dowden is one of the highest ranked ballroom and Latin American dancers in the county, and star of Saturday Night blockbuster TV show Strictly Come Dancing. And like many of you, I was so angry and sad when she told us that she had breast cancer in May last year …
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Dr Sam Orange is a researcher at Newcastle University, working on a Breast Cancer Now-funded research project aiming to improve women's access to physical activity support after breast cancer treatment. In this episode, Laura talks to Sam about his research project, how exercise helps with fatigue, and tips on how to be physically active. Sam also …
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I’m excited to announce that So Now I’ve Got Breast Cancer is back! Season two is coming soon, packed full of useful - and reliable - information for anyone who’s just been diagnosed, from how to tell your kids, to how chemo works, and what to eat… all powered by YOUR questions. Here’s a little flavour of season one, and details below of how you ca…
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Emma Campbell (limitless_em) is an author, public speaker and a single mum of four, living with secondary breast cancer. She also hosts her own podcast 'Open with Emma Campbell'. In this episode, Laura talks to Emma about her experience of secondary breast cancer, her friendship with the late Dame Deborah James, and how she keeps going when she fee…
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Nazanin Derakshan is a professor who specialises in cognitive neuroscience of anxiety and depression. She founded and works at the BRiC Centre, an organisation that helps people who've had a breast cancer diagnosis feel less anxious and improve their quality of life. In this episode Laura talks to Naz about her research, her own breast cancer diagn…
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To mark the end of the month I’m releasing another bonus episode! This is a conversation I had in my previous podcast Don’t Ignore the Elephant which was hugely popular and I think could help you too. It’s all about sex, and I’m in conversation with sex expert Sam Evans - aka Sam Talks Sex. After Annice’s episode on the menopause, I had so many que…
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Laura is the new presenter of the Breast Cancer Now podcast! In this episode Laura introduces herself and discusses what to expect in this season of the podcast. In this episode Laura also talks through her experience of 10 years living with breast cancer, and her more recent secondary breast cancer diagnosis, and how it's affected her. You can fol…
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Happy New Year everyone! While I prep season two I’m sharing a couple of bonus episodes with you. They’re conversations from my last podcast, Don’t Ignore the Elephant. I covered the things that no-one else talks about, and it touched a lot of people at the time. They’re subjects I’m really passionate about as a breast cancer patient myself, so tha…
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Getting a diagnosis of breast cancer can be terrifying. One of the first thoughts that ran through my mind 8 years ago when I found a lump was ‘Am I going to die?’ It’s often the first question my patients asked me when I told them they needed chemo. You could say it’s a ridiculous question to ask, as we are all going to die at some point, but the …
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Are you scared that you’ll get lymphoedema? Has anyone actually told you what it is? Do you wonder if there’s anything you can do to prevent it ? I’ve had so many questions about this - and it’s something that has worried me ever since I was diagnosed all those years ago. On this episode, I’m going to put your mind at ease and tell you everything y…
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Do you ever wonder if every breast cancer patient is treated the same? I thought they were until I listened to this week’s guest talking about her experiences during treatment. Several of you shared your own stories with me saying that cancer isn’t talked about in your community. You’re also wondering why you don’t see yourself represented in breas…
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Did you know that exercise should be the first treatment you get for breast cancer? Maybe you’re motivated to finally get fit but you don’t know where to start? Or has someone told you that exercise can stop your cancer coming back but you don’t believe it’s true? On this episode I’m answering all your questions about breast cancer and exercise wit…
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Are you struggling to cope with the menopausal side effects of breast cancer treatment? Do you lie awake at night tossing and turning as the sweat pours off your body? Maybe you wish there was something you could take when HRT is off the table? On this episode I’m going to answer all your questions about breast cancer treatment and the menopause wi…
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Being diagnosed with breast cancer floored me mentally. I could handle the side effects of chemo by swallowing tablet after tablet, but I couldn’t stop the thoughts running through my head. Like many of you, I would lie awake until the small hours of the morning thinking things like ‘Am I going to die?’, ‘IIs it going to come back?’ ‘How am I going…
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How do you find a bra that fits after a mastectomy? Has your relationship with your breasts changed and you’re struggling to accept your new shape? Or maybe you don’t know how to check your breasts now that everything’s changed? This episode is all about breast health after breast cancer and I’m joined by the incredible Dr Philippa Kaye to answer y…
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I’m kicking off this new season - and new podcast - with a special show. I’ll explain what to expect from So Now I’ve Got Breast Cancer, answer some of your questions and introduce you to our new podcast poet, the incredible Donna Ashworth. ******* If you want to find out more about the signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer, here are some g…
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I’ve got a very special announcement for you… the podcast is changing! It’s time to say goodbye to Don’t Ignore the Elephant, and hello to my new podcast - So Now I’ve Got Breast Cancer. I’m going to be focusing on all the issues that people you like face, when you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. You could say I’m an expert in breast cancer. …
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This week’s guest is Natalie Woodward, a truly remarkable young woman. She was diagnosed with metastatic bowel cancer at the age of 36, but after a full year of treatment, the cancer started to grow. In the middle of the pandemic, she literally had the mother of all operations to remove it. She had to learn to walk again. To dance again. To accept …
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This week’s guest is Eleanor Mills, award-winning journalist, editor and broadcaster who founded of Noon, an online community to bring together women celebrating the opportunities of midlife. She describes it as a time for transformation and reinvention as a Queenager, and I want to be one. Many of us reach a mid-life clusterf*ck when everything ca…
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This week’s guest is Alex Hewitt, founder of AOK events, and he’s come on to talk about how he coped with severe anxiety when his world was crumbling around him. He wants to set a good example for his sons by opening up about his own mental health problems and encourage others to do the same. I’ve often wondered if men find it harder than women to …
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This week’s guest is Maggie Hope. She’s a Psychotherapist and Counsellor and she’s come on to talk to me all about therapy. What is it? How do you know if you need it? What to expect when you have it? I’ve needed therapy at several times of my life, and I was ashamed to tell people about it. We talk about the importance of removing the stigma from …
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This week’s guest is Felicity Cornelius-Mercer. She’s become the female James Blunt of Twitter by defending attacks on her husband Johnny Mercer, MP with humour and wit. We talk about the realities of living life in the public eye and what it’s like to work with your husband and still make a marriage work, and a little bit about male grooming. We a…
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This week’s guest is the inspirational Jaz Ampaw-Farr, an award-winning motivational speaker who shifts mindsets and leaves her audience on a high. She’s known in the US as the ‘British Oprah’ who’s gone from broken to Beyonce (if you squint a bit). She had an awful childhood, subjected to poverty and horrific abuse at a very young age, but a handf…
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My second guest is the wonderful Debbie Bliss MBE. She’s the most published knitwear designer in the world. She revolutionised the pattern industry and makes knitting cool. But she also looks cool as well. Debbie has had thymus and breast cancer and has accepted her new figure after a mastectomy. She’s a savvy business woman in her seventies and th…
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The first episode of season two it a little bit different. It’s a legacy listen with my mum, Isobel. She was diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer three months before we recorded the interview. I wanted to chat to mum and find out what it was like for her when I got breast cancer, before talking about her own experiences as an amputee. Sadly Mum di…
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Laura was diagnosed with primary breast cancer 10 years ago at the age of 29. She talks about some of the challenges she's faced since then, as well as writing her novel, Single Bald Female, which tells a story similar to her own. Shortly after the episode was recorded, Laura was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, aged 39. Laura's novel Single…
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After finishing treatment for breast cancer, Miriam decided she wanted to do something to help others like her. This prompted her husband, Chris, to explore how he could also provide support. They talk about these opportunities, as well as how they experienced Miriam's diagnosis as a married couple. Find out more about Breast Cancer Now's free supp…
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After being diagnosed with primary breast cancer, Dani's treatment caused her to experience an early menopause. She speaks about the ways she found herself to cope with this, and about the business she set up to help other people going through the same thing. You can visit Dani's website at: www.healthywholeme.com and tune into Dani's podcast The M…
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After receiving a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer, Nic worked with her friend Jen to create The Little C Club, a resource for parents who want to talk to their children about cancer. She speaks about the impact breast cancer has had on her, as well as her ongoing work with The Little C Club. You can visit The Little C Club website or follow on…
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Professor Valerie Speirs is co-principal investigator of the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank. Val gives an overview of what the Tissue Bank is, as well as discussing how it's helped further breast cancer research over the last decade. We also hear from our research communications officer, Edd, who goes into detail on some projects linked to the Tissu…
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At the end of 2021, Reuben sadly lost his mum to breast cancer. He speaks about what helped him and his family during this difficult time. We also hear from Erin, a clinical psychologist and founder of The Loss Foundation, about how grief and bereavement affect us differently. The Loss Foundation: thelossfoundation.org You can also read Reuben's ar…
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Adobea sought medical attention three times for breast cancer-related symptoms, and was dismissed each time. When she insisted a fourth time, Adobea was diagnosed with breast cancer. She speaks about how factors such as age and race can have an impact on how patients are treated when seeking help. You can follow Adobea on Instagram @ItsDivineStyle …
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Jane was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2012, four years before winning Masterchef. Jane talks about how her life changed since receiving her diagnosis, and the support she received from family and friends during and beyond breast cancer treatment. Jane also speaks about things people can do to support a loved one with breast cancer, and…
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