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Victoria Derbyshire launches Maggie’s Inspirational Podcasts on World Cancer Day

Cancer charity highlights that people affected by cancer need more than medicine
 

On World Cancer Day (4th February 2016), Maggie’s – the charity which offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends has launched Maggie’s Podcast ‘All Together Now’, the first in a series of inspirational podcasts all about people living well with cancer.

The first in Maggie’s Podcast series features interviews by BBC presenter, Victoria Derbyshire, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Entitled All Together Now, Victoria’s podcast features stories that explore isolation from people with cancer and those who have had loved ones experience cancer. The podcast aims to provide messages of inspiration and support to help people live well with cancer and explores some of the creative ways people tackle the isolation so often felt.

Knowing how to act when a friend or relative is diagnosed with cancer can be difficult. New research conducted by One Poll on behalf of Maggie's shows that three quarters (76%) of people with cancer worried about how their family and friends were coping whilst they were receiving treatment. While half of people (50%) who have seen a loved one experience cancer say they tried to put on a brave face and a quarter (25%) refused to address the problem, saying they were either in denial or tried to forget what was happening.

Additionally, over three quarters (77%) believe that there needs to be more support for those supporting cancer patients and 65% of cancer patients say they felt their treatment would have been more manageable if they’d had more support outside of medical realms

Maggie’s Podcasts have been created with the aim of providing inspiration to people living with cancer as well as their friends and family, recognising the need for something more than medicine when undergoing treatment.

70% of people with cancer felt that during their cancer treatment, their friends and family would have benefitted from extra support outside of their medical team while 60% of cancer patients and 71% of friends and relatives believe that meeting people in a similar situation to them would have helped them through their cancer journey.

With the research showing that 87% of friends and relatives admitted to experiencing feelings of helplessness, Maggie’s aims to provide support for everyone affected by cancer through their network of Centres across the UK and online and the newly launched podcasts.

The Victoria Derbyshire podcast will be available to download from the Maggie’s website on 4th February here: www.maggiescentres.org/podcast

Further podcasts in the series will be available throughout the year, each with a focus on a different aspect of living well with cancer including Food My Mother Taught Me, which will explore family and nutrition, Come Into The Garden, showing the healing power of gardening, and Maggie’s Men’s Hour, offering real stories from men affected by cancer.

 

HRB will be broadcasting all of the series throughout the year starting on 4th February at 10am and 10pm.

 

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