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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Friday May 17, 2024

This month we're looking at gender identity and cancer. Whether you're non-binary, trans or questioning, Tatum and our guests are here for you, and they're looking at what it feels like when cancer care is set up to affirm a gender that isn't yours. Matt and Angie tell their stories of cancer and treatment, how they coped with assumptions about what surgeries and drugs they should take, and how they've recovered a sense of self along the way. 

Monday May 06, 2024

This episode looks at the mental health impact of cancer. Not feeling like yourself? Unable to "get back to normal"? You're not alone - and you're not losing it. Cancer is particularly tough for younger adults and in this episode Tatum speaks to three great guests:
- David talks about how he coped after his diagnosis, including scheduling in "crying time".
- Dr. Harriet Forbes talks about her research on the long-term impact mental health impact of cancer.
- Clare, Shine's Programme Delivery Manager, talks about her diagnosis, Shine's programmes, and how people within the Shine community have managed their mental health through cancer. 

Reconnecting with your body

Monday Mar 25, 2024

Monday Mar 25, 2024

Many people find that they feel different in their bodies after cancer - you might have lost trust in your body, or feel like your body has turned against you.
In this podcast, Tatum talks to Claudia Knowles, a Research Assistant in the Heathcote Lab / working with Dr Lauren Heathcote looking at the mind-body connection in people who have had cancer. They talk about interoception - they way that we understand our internal bodily signals - and how bodily signals can affect emotions. Claudia talks about how to foster a more helpful mindset after a cancer diagnosis.
The podcast ends with a short relaxation and breathwork session. 
Claudia is currently carrying out some research on 'interoception'. If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, you can participate
X: @ClaudRKnowles
Instagram: @claudiaroseknowles 
Lauren's X: @LCHeathcote

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. 


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.

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