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The coolest club you never want to be a part of…
A candid look at cancer, with Steve Bland, Deborah James and Lauren Mahon.

You, Me and the Big C: Putting the can in cancer BBC Radio 5 live

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 126 Ratings

The coolest club you never want to be a part of…
A candid look at cancer, with Steve Bland, Deborah James and Lauren Mahon.

    About Our Debs

    About Our Debs

    Lauren Mahon, Steve Bland, producers Mike Holt and Al Entwistle recount treasured stories and memories of Deborah James: friend, broadcaster, campaigner, fundraiser, author, computer scientist, Dame.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    5 Live's tribute to Dame Deborah James

    5 Live's tribute to Dame Deborah James

    BBC Radio 5 Live's Tony Livesey celebrates the life of You, Me & The Big C broadcaster Dame Deborah James.

    • 34 min
    Deborah James' Last Dance

    Deborah James' Last Dance

    As Deborah James stops active treatment for her cancer, she speaks with Producer Mike one last time.

    Join the conversation and the online community to share positive support by using #YouMeBigC across all forms of social media.

    • 28 min
    About Where Debs Is At Right Now & Saying Goodbye

    About Where Debs Is At Right Now & Saying Goodbye

    Lozza and Steve catch up with Deborah about her hospital recordings, how she feels now and what the immediate future looks like.

    We also say bon voyage to producer Al Entwistle, who has been an important member of our original You, Me and the Big C family from day one.

    Don't forget, you can get in touch by using #YouMeBigC across all forms of social media - spread the word and share the positive support.

    Email youmebigc@bbc.co.uk

    • 45 min
    About When Debs Thought She Was Going Home

    About When Debs Thought She Was Going Home

    After three weeks in hospital Deborah James is finally told she can go home. But nothing ever seems to run smoothly. Little did Debs know that she’s about to embark on another emotional roller coaster that would taker her to absolutely rock bottom. This is the third and final part of her hospital recordings.

    This is a raw, powerful and honest account that some listeners my find upsetting.

    Don't forget, you can get in touch by using #YouMeBigC across all forms of social media - spread the word and share the positive support.

    Email youmebigc@bbc.co.uk

    • 34 min
    About The Days In Hospital

    About The Days In Hospital

    Deborah is joined by Lauren as they go through some of recordings she made in hospital.

    The conversation and recording range from the challenges Debs faced while in hospital to thoughts on social media, religion to night terrors, Covid rules and having a fifth operation to try and put in a stent.

    This is a raw, powerful and honest account that some listeners my find upsetting.

    Don't forget, you can get in touch by using #YouMeBigC across all forms of social media - spread the word and share the positive support.

    Email youmebigc@bbc.co.uk

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

Lesley Bainbridge ,

Awesome

I live in Sydney ,I haven’t had cancer but my Mum has : she and we are some the lucky ones in that she has enjoyed great health for 15 years since her metastatic breast cancer . I find your podcast
nothing short of awesome as we Aussies like to say . When Rachel announced her worst news and died I felt incredibly
sad for you all but especially Steve , Freddie and Rachels Mum . Your honesty about that experience , your relationship with cancer and all that goes with it; how you invite us with you on this seemingly terrible , tragic but also positive emotional roller coaster with you .I wish Rachel were still here .I loved her voice , professionalism , emotional maturity and admired her strength . Sadly she isn’t but I’m so glad you are , Steve . All three of you provide so much to all of us listeners . You talk about your inner thoughts and feelings and there is nothing more human than that .Its what helps us connect to each other and reminds that suffering is universal. I wish all of you oceans of the best . LB . Sydney, Australia.

sally_hi ,

Thanks for making this podcast

As a parent of a young child with cancer, I have come to realise through listening to this podcast that cancer is cancer at any age. I have nodded in agreement, laughed and cried listening to this. It’s been a great tool to help validate so many of the crazy ups and downs we’ve felt as a family. Thank you to the You, Me and the Big C team.

Coolrider2 ,

An amazing educational and inspirational listen

I’ve not experienced cancer personally, but I find this podcast to be an amazing educational and inspirational listen. The team talk frankly about how their lives are impacted by cancer and have guests to add expert insights. The episode format is really smart as well - each time they focus on a different topic and so are building a fantastic resource which a new listener can dip into as needed.

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