A podcast about breast cancer and how to live a healthier life. Join and listen in to Dr Tasha, a consultant breast cancer surgeon, talking to experts in the field of medicine, surgery, as well as those in the health and wellness space. But most importantly, she has conversations with people who have been affected by breast cancer and who have been generous enough to share their stories. The aim of the podcast is to educate, inform and inspire.
S2 Ep40: Raising awareness of breast cancer in the South Asian community - Iyna Butt
Breast cancer in the South Asian community is a topic that doesn't get talked much about. My guest on today's show, Iyna Butt, knows all about this.
You see, Iyna is a British South Asian woman, and when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she soon realised that cancer in general, let alone breast cancer specifically, seems to be a subject that nobody talks about.
Although no doubt the intentions were good, she was given all sorts of strange advice about what she needed to do to get rid of her cancer; like wearing a black bra for example!
She knew then that she had to do something about this.
In this episode, Iyna talks about her breast cancer diagnosis, her charity work in raising breast cancer awareness within the South Asian community, and the challenges that need to be overcome to ensure that women from all backgrounds are catered for within the health care sphere.
Check out the show notes at https://mybreastmyhealth.com/episode40
Connect with me on social @DrTashaG and say hi! It would be great to see you there.
S2 Ep39: How can yoga help with breast cancer recovery? - Marcia Mercier
How does yoga help with breast cancer recovery? We all know that exercise and movement are not only good for our health, it also has a positive impact on the outcome of breast cancer treatment. Many of you may already practice yoga, and no doubt you already know about the various benefits it brings. But, if you have had treatment for breast cancer, can yoga help with recovery?
In this episode, Marcia Mercier, explains how she embraced yoga and its impact on her own recovery following her breast cancer diagnosis. Now as a fully qualified yoga instructor, she talks about the dos and don'ts of yoga practice in breast cancer recovery. She describes the best classes to take as well as the poses one should avoid.
Marcia also explains how yoga not only benefits the physical aspect of recovery, but also the mental side of things. Yoga is such a holistic practice and the benefits can be far-reaching.
You can check out the show notes:
Do connect with me on IG @DrTashaG and say hi!
S2 Ep38: How can you tell if your bra fits? - Julie Blanche
In this episode, we are talking about all things bra-related.
If you think you know about bras..think again. In this episode, I talk to Julie Blanche who is an expert bra fitter. It was a great conversation and you wouldn't believe how complex the world of bras can be. You don't know what you don't know. That is so true.
At the end of this episode, you will learn so much.
We talked about so many things, including the best way to put on a bra, how to look after them as well as ways to achieve symmetry following breast surgery.
Give it a listen, your bras will thank you for it!
Follow me on social media. Find me on IG and Twitter @DrTashaG.
S2 Ep37 Giving patients control of their breast cancer follow up - Kieva Noble
Life is predictably unpredictable. Things happen randomly, unexpectedly, and out of our control.
A breast cancer diagnosis for example is such a life event. Similarly, after breast cancer treatment has finished, you can't predict how you recover. You may find changes to the breast. You may be feeling certain symptoms that you are not particularly sure of. You may need support for your mental well-being. All of these don't happen on a particular day at a particular time. So, what happens when you do find unusual symptoms and need help?
An open-access follow-up service may be the solution. This is an alternative way of following up with those who have finished treatment for their primary breast cancer. Instead of going to a follow-up clinic once a year, you can get support at a time that is suitable for you.
In this episode, Kieva Noble who runs such a service discusses how an open-access follow-up service works. We talk about how she ensures the holistic needs of patients are addressed, who is eligible to join and what happens when someone does indeed need help and support.
It was a great conversation, which I know you'll enjoy.
Let me know what you think about this episode and all the others by saying hi to me on social media @DrTashaG.
S2 Ep36: Breast cancer recurrence - signs, symptoms and treatment
Welcome back to the podcast!
In this solo episode, I talk about all things related to breast cancer recurrence. This is the one thing most patients fear... the fear of cancer coming back. In this episode, I talk about the types of breast cancer recurrences, what can be done to treat it and what symptoms to look out for.
I hope this is useful, and if you want to check out the show notes, head over to:
Connect with me on Instagram @DrTashaG and let me know what you think about this or any of the other episodes.
S2 Ep35: Treating breast cancer in a developing country - Dr Bob Octovianus
Dr Bob Octovianus is a breast surgeon in Indonesia, one of the most populous countries in the world. With that comes many challenges. Limited resources, financial restrictions and cultural barriers. He also explains the lack of breast cancer awareness in the community leading to patients presenting to his clinics with locally advanced cancers.
This episode highlights the differences in health care provisions across the world. Certain things taken for granted in one country can be the reason why a different treatment decision is made in another.
Dr Bob was honest in sharing his experiences, not only the challenges that he faces, but also his triumphs. He is passionate to increase breast cancer awareness in Indonesia and for this he leverages the power of social media, especially Instagram.
Do connect with Dr Bob on Instagram @AskBobRSOS.
Connect with me on Instagram @DrTashaG.
It was a fantastic conversation from which I learnt a great deal. If you want to have an insight into how breast cancer treatment is in a developing country, this is the episode to check out.
This podcast series has been such an important part of empowering myself during my own treatment and recovery to think about things differently and ask the right questions. Highly recommend to anyone in the same position. Thank you for putting together such excellent and relevant episodes.
Insightful and inspiring
A diverse mix of subjects, I particularly like the ones on nutrition and integrative approaches. Has reinforced to me that we need to take full responsibility for our health. The NHS is great in so many ways but fails to take into account other factors, nutrition being a key one.
I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and have found this podcast invaluable and very inspiring as I go through my treatment journey. I have so many questions and things I want to do to help myself through this and have found the topics Tasha has covered incredibly useful, thank you.