Not Your Grandma‘s Cancer Show

At Shine we get cancer as a young adult. We understand what you’re going through and offer support and tools which can help you through your diagnosis. Our podcast lets you hear from real people with real experiences as well as from experts in fertility, health, mindfulness and many more. We cover relatable topics for those in their 20s to 40s including the mindfield of sex and dating after and with cancer! Take a scroll through our podcasts, grab yourself a tea (or margherita) and have a listen. We will be bringing you a new podcast on the 1st Monday of every month! For more information on Shine and how you can be part of our community please head to our website:

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Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

Most of us are used to talking to healthcare professionals about our cancer but we don't usually talk to them about *their* cancer.  In this podcast, we hear about what it's like to go from being the person giving a diagnosis to being the one who receives it. 
Hannah, a GP, shares how she received the news of her brain tumour while at work with a waiting room full of people. Simon, a pediatrician, explains how he navigates how much of his own experience to share while at work. Mari, gynaecologist, was shocked at how other doctors often failed to acknowledge the impact of their words. And Mari's husband, Babur, a surgeon, talks about how he goes to work to fix others but the person he really wants to be able to fix is his wife.  

Thursday Jan 25, 2024

When your initial cancer treatment is over, your friends and family might think you're fine - but we know you can be left with many lasting effects and emotions. In this episode, Tatum talks to Matt who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 17, and Roisin who was treated for osteosarcoma of the jaw after a diagnosis at 28. They talk how they managed treatment and the aftermath over the long term.
Roisin has also shared more details of her treatment and recovery on our website here.

Monday Jan 08, 2024

If you're newly diagnosed with cancer, welcome, you're in the right place.  
In this episode, members of the Shine community share their top tips and what they wish they knew when they were in your position. We have two great guests, Matt, diagnosed just last year with bowel cancer, shares his whirlwind entry into the world of cancer and how important humour is, and Ceinwen, co-founder of Shine Cancer Support, shares the breadth of her knowledge. Having met hundreds of newly diagnosed younger adults she reminds us that however we are feeling we aren't alone and we're not doing it wrong.  

Living with genetic cancers

Friday Dec 01, 2023

Friday Dec 01, 2023

Tatum explores what it's like to carry a 'cancer gene' and speaks to Helen, who carries the BRCA gene, and Cara who has Lynch syndrome. 
Cara developed bowel cancer at 32 for which she was successfully treated. She later developed early stage womb cancer and had a hysterectomy and oophorectomy during the pandemic. Her father had also had bowel cancer. 
Three generations of Helen's family have been affected by cancer, including her mother who died of breast cancer in the 1990s. Helen tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation as a child and later developed ovarian cancer. 
Both Cara and Helen discuss what it's like to live with the constant awareness of cancer and how they continue to process their experiences.

Thursday Nov 02, 2023

Tatum speaks to Dr. Char Goodwin and Neil MacVicar, both of whom are neurodivergent and have been diagnosed with cancer.
The quote Char references is from Dr Jac den Houting  @JacdenHouting  TED talk

Stories of breast cancer

Monday Oct 02, 2023

Monday Oct 02, 2023

October is breast cancer awareness month and in our latest podcast Tatum speaks to three members of Shine's community about their experiences of the UK's most common cancer.  She speaks to Kate, who was diagnosed in lockdown and Hannah who was diagnosed with breast cancer after an earlier cancer diagnosis. Tatum also speaks to Dror about what it's like to be a man living with advanced breast cancer. 

Monday Sep 04, 2023

This month, we're delighted to speak to Prof Gerard Evan who is based at the UK's Francis Crick Institute and is one of the world's leading cancer researchers. Prof Evan talks to Tatum about why cancers occur, how we can treat them, and why there are many reasons to be hopeful for the future of cancer treatment. Fun fact: you have more cells in your body than there are stars in a thousand Milky Way galaxies.
Like what you hear? Join us *in person* on 14 October at Shine Connect, the UK's only conference for younger adults with cancer. Find out all the details and register here. 

Friday Aug 04, 2023

In this episode, Tatum chats to Sarah and Cheryl of the Cancer, Sex and Intimacy Project which is now a partner of Shine Cancer Support. Sarah and Cheryl talk about what inspired them to work on the topics of sex and intimacy after cancer and also unpick whether advice not to sleep in the same bed as your partner means you can have sex on the couch....
Cheryl and Sarah will be joining us at Shine Connect (Shine's annual conference) in October 2023. 
You can check out Cancer, Sex and Intimacy on Instagram @sex_cancer_intimacy and read their booklet here. 
Cheryl's story: 00:01:20
Sarah's story: 00:02:20
Differences between men and women in approaching sex after cancer: 00:17:29
Reigniting pleasure: 00:23:17

Saturday Jul 01, 2023

To celebrate London Pride, our podcast this month is looking at how we can navigate the desire to go OUT OUT for Pride while also managing cancer and all the things that brings with it. Tatum is joined on the podcast by Scott, who lives with multiple myeloma, and Indigo who is living with the effects of kidney cancer treatment. 
00:00:00 - Intro
00:00:54 - Scott's story 
00:11:56 - Indigo's story 
- Pride
- Multiple myeloma
- Kidney cancer
- Coping with long-term conditions

Monday Jun 19, 2023

In this podcast, we explore what it's like to be left infertile after cancer. Tatum talks to Amanda, Katy and Gemma about their experiences of cancer diagnoses, treatment, fertility preservation and adjusting to the thought of a life without children.
00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:17 - Amanda's story
00:15:04 - Katy's story
00:31:42 - Gemma's story
- Breast, ovarian and womb cancer
- Cancer diagnosis
- Treatment
- Fertility preservation
- Life without children
- Living with infertility
- Coping strategies


About this podcast

Hosted by Tatum de Roeck, this podcast covers the hot topics and issues that we know get talked about A LOT if you're a younger adult with cancer. Tatum, our host, was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 30s.

Like what you hear? Or got an idea for the show? Get in touch and let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

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