Feeling Sick? We Can Help: Cancer Companion – Episode 7

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Welcome to this week’s Mini Cancer Companion Podcast! This week, we’re discussing what to eat when you don’t feel like eating.

If you’ve got 4 minutes, it’s well worth a listen. 

You’ve told us all about your struggles with sore mouth, dry mouth, and funny taste – not to mention the nausea that so many of you know all too well.

Each of these things make it difficult to keep eating well during cancer treatment. But eating and maintaining a good diet are both still important! So what should you do if eating well with cancer seems completely out of reach?

We have a few suggestions.

 

On this week’s episode:

  • We recap the main things that keep you from eating well and eating regularly during the cancer journey.
  • Then we hear from Liz O’Riordan – a breast cancer surgeon and breast cancer survivor about how to manage bad taste in the mouth (whether it’s chalky or metallic, Liz has some helpful tips!)

 

Background reading:

  • Check out our two-part series on managing food during the cancer journey for lots of helpful tips about what to try eating, and how to manage a variety of symptoms and side-effects.
  • Then take a look at our Eating Well guide – also full of reliable information from experts and the cancer community.

 

We’d love to know what you think!

Email Kylie at kylie@livebetterwith.com. Tweet us @LBWCancer. Join our Facebook page at facebook.com/livebetterwith.

And if you’re really keen, we’d love for you to leave us a voice message at: speakpipe.com/livebetterwith.

How do I listen?

Good question.

Our audio show is a “podcast.” A podcast is similar to a radio show, with one key difference: you don’t have to tune in at a specific time to hear the episode. You can listen to it whenever and wherever you want. Just click the play button above on any device that you’d like to use to listen to the podcast, sit back and relax.

What Not to Say to Cancer Patients: Cancer Companion – Episode 6

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Welcome to this week’s Mini Cancer Companion Podcast! This week, we’re discussing what NOT to say to cancer patients.

At 3 minutes and 42 seconds, it’s our quickest episode yet.

We surveyed 500+ community members to find out how they had been spoken to since being diagnosed. We asked about positive and negative comments; what was helpful and what wasn’t.

And even though we know discussing cancer isn’t always easy, the results of the survey still shocked us.

 

On this week’s episode:

  • We recap the worst comments from our survey – and figure out what not to say to cancer patients. You really won’t believe what some people have been told!  
  • Then we talk about how to avoid these statements – and give a few handy tips to help you navigate these conversations in future.
  • Last but not least, we revisit our interview with breast cancer patient Amanda Luke. Amanda talks about the importance of friends, family, and support throughout the cancer journey.

 

Background reading:

  • Then take a look at our Talking About Cancer survey results. Did you know that many cancer patients don’t like being told to “stay positive?” And most patients just want to have someone who will listen to them.
  • We’ve also compiled some helpful tips for talking about cancer. They’re especially useful if you’re struggling to find the right words to say to a cancer patient in your life.

 

We’d love to know what you think!

Email Kylie at kylie@livebetterwith.com. Tweet us @LBWCancer. Join our Facebook page at facebook.com/livebetterwith.

And if you’re really keen, we’d love for you to leave us a voice message at: speakpipe.com/livebetterwith.

How do I listen?

Good question.

Our audio show is a “podcast.” A podcast is similar to a radio show, with one key difference: you don’t have to tune in at a specific time to hear the episode. You can listen to it whenever and wherever you want. Just click the play button above on any device that you’d like to use to listen to the podcast, sit back and relax.

 

Cancer Companion Podcast: Episode 3

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Welcome to Episode 3 of the Cancer Companion Podcast!

With summer weather finally upon us, it’s time to start thinking about staying sun safe, cool, and healthy. You might be wondering whether or not it’s safe to sunbathe after your cancer treatments, or if you’ll need to spend the entire summer indoors! In this episode, we discuss how cancer treatments can affect your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. And we give you a bunch of handy tips to help you stay sunburn-free all summer long.

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Cancer Companion Podcast: Episode 2

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Care is an important part of the cancer journey. As symptoms, side effects, and treatment regimens unfold, it can be good to have a little extra help. We know that many of you are carers – looking after friends and loved ones with cancer. And while being a carer is rewarding and important, we also know that it can be overwhelming at times.

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Cancer Companion Podcast: Episode 1

Even though people with cancer undergo a variety of different treatments, the side effects of these treatments aren’t always well understood. From speaking with you – the cancer community – we know that many of you experience Chemo Brain. And often, you experience it without even knowing what it is.

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Welcome to Cancer Companion: Your Weekly Audio Guide to Living with Cancer

We know living with cancer isn’t always easy.

But there are ways to make it a little bit better.

Cancer Companion is a brand new audio show from Live Better With – designed to help you manage day-to-day living with cancer and connect with fellow cancer patients who understand what you’re going through.

The show is hosted by me, Kylie de Chastelain. We’ve taken the best of our community tips, advice, and expert information and turned it into a fantastic audio program so that you can get the help you need, whenever you need it. It’s like the radio, only you can listen to it whenever – and wherever – you want.

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