66 episodes

Talking With Cancer is a weekly podcast that does exactly that; two friends, Katie Phillips & Clair Whitefield, talking. Katie has cancer and Clair doesn’t; just like the statistic, that “one in two of us will experience cancer in our lifetime”. 

In February 2022, at 43 years old and with no prior health issues or concerns, Katie was told that she had thyroid cancer. To be more specific, a type of thyroid papillary cancer known as hobnail, with a ROS1 fusion. The doctors said that her diagnosis was “rare” and “complicated” – not words that Katie wanted to hear in the same sentence. 

In the early weeks following her diagnosis, she decided to keep an audio diary of her journey and immediately thought of her good friend Clair. 

With Clair’s background in journalism, and Katie’s career in PR (she set up entertainment PR agency KPPR in 2011), they were the perfect match and recorded their weekly conversations over zoom.  

‘Talking With Cancer’ gives insight into Katie’s life with cancer, her treatment and how she’s experiencing her world now that - in her own words - “everything has changed and nothing has changed”.  

The chats between Katie and Clair can often be poignant and hard-hitting, but with Clair’s, compassionate and inquisitive approach complimenting Katie’s can-do, positive outlook toward life with cancer, the episodes are always cathartic, inspiring, and more often than not, very funny too (thanks to the weekly ‘mum cancer jokes’)! 

Whether it’s tackling the more challenging topics that arise from facing life with cancer or the lighter moments encountered on the journey – “never moisturise before an echocardiogram” – each week, the podcast offers something for everyone, as we are all, in some way, affected by cancer.  

Have a listen. You might learn something, understand a little more about living with cancer than you did before and hopefully, you’ll have a giggle too. 

For more enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com 

To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to: @talking_withcancer 

Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne.
 
Series Audio Production by Pixiu

Talking With Cancer Katie Phillips

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

Talking With Cancer is a weekly podcast that does exactly that; two friends, Katie Phillips & Clair Whitefield, talking. Katie has cancer and Clair doesn’t; just like the statistic, that “one in two of us will experience cancer in our lifetime”. 

In February 2022, at 43 years old and with no prior health issues or concerns, Katie was told that she had thyroid cancer. To be more specific, a type of thyroid papillary cancer known as hobnail, with a ROS1 fusion. The doctors said that her diagnosis was “rare” and “complicated” – not words that Katie wanted to hear in the same sentence. 

In the early weeks following her diagnosis, she decided to keep an audio diary of her journey and immediately thought of her good friend Clair. 

With Clair’s background in journalism, and Katie’s career in PR (she set up entertainment PR agency KPPR in 2011), they were the perfect match and recorded their weekly conversations over zoom.  

‘Talking With Cancer’ gives insight into Katie’s life with cancer, her treatment and how she’s experiencing her world now that - in her own words - “everything has changed and nothing has changed”.  

The chats between Katie and Clair can often be poignant and hard-hitting, but with Clair’s, compassionate and inquisitive approach complimenting Katie’s can-do, positive outlook toward life with cancer, the episodes are always cathartic, inspiring, and more often than not, very funny too (thanks to the weekly ‘mum cancer jokes’)! 

Whether it’s tackling the more challenging topics that arise from facing life with cancer or the lighter moments encountered on the journey – “never moisturise before an echocardiogram” – each week, the podcast offers something for everyone, as we are all, in some way, affected by cancer.  

Have a listen. You might learn something, understand a little more about living with cancer than you did before and hopefully, you’ll have a giggle too. 

For more enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com 

To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to: @talking_withcancer 

Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne.
 
Series Audio Production by Pixiu

    Myths

    Myths

    Katie recently hosted a Cancer Myth Busting workshop at Soho House and in this week’s episode she shares some of that audio. Discussing topics such as a holistic approach to health, chemotherapy, cancer community, radical remission and generally what it’s like to live with cancer. 

    Talking With Cancer
    For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com 
    To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer 
    Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne.
    Series Audio Production by Pixiu

    • 32 min
    All the Voices

    All the Voices

    This week Katie celebrates all the amazing Voices with Cancer who have featured on the podcast this series. She is thrilled to be part of a community of people who have shared their cancer story with her and her listeners. She has learnt something from each one and hopes in turn that having a platform to speak about their experience has helped them in some way too. 

    Talking With Cancer
    For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com 
    To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer 
    Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne.
    Series Audio Production by Pixiu

    • 29 min
    Headings

    Headings

    This week Katie thought it might be useful to highlight some of the things she's learnt along the way. So she breaks down four key headings and reflects back. They are: Narratives, Self-Advocacy, Death and Hope. She really hopes this is useful for you too.

    Talking With Cancer
    For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com 
    To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer 
    Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne.
    Series Audio Production by Pixiu

    • 22 min
    Mushrooms

    Mushrooms

    Katie's guest this week has over 20 years working in mycology and the ecosystem, understanding the benefits of mushrooms, and sharing that knowledge all around Europe. In her words she had to evangelise the study of mushrooms to help build her audience and in turn her business. Hearing about the benefits was fascinating, and Katie has first hand experience of their products which she believes have contributed to her wellness hugely. Add the promo code Care15 for all orders within the UK for 15% off.

    Talking With Cancer
    For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com 
    To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer 
    Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne.
    Series Audio Production by Pixiu

    • 36 min
    Good at doing nothing

    Good at doing nothing

    Katie is back from her holiday and realises she has become really good at doing nothing, something she is proud to admit. She has a lot to process but isn't quite ready to do that just yet. So she'll wait. She reflects on who she used to be, and how she wants to feel like she is moving forward following everything she's experienced. 

    Talking With Cancer
    For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com 
    To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer 
    Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne.
    Series Audio Production by Pixiu

    • 16 min
    Let's look at the "why?"

    Let's look at the "why?"

    Katie feels so inspired to have interviewed Dr Nina Fuller Shavel this week. So much so, that she has now become a patient of Synthesis Clinic herself. Their integrative approach to Oncology and Women's Health feels like a breath of fresh, an organisation where healthcare is collaborative, personalised, holistic and above all about feeling well. Nina always wants to look at the "why?"...why does someone feel the way they do and what can be done about it?
    https://www.synthesisclinic.co.uk/home
    https://www.instagram.com/synthesisclinic/

    Talking With Cancer
    For all enquiries or to get in touch: hello@talkingwithcancer.com 
    To follow Katie’s journey on Instagram, go to @talking_withcancer 
    Artwork & logo design by Emily Juniper. Illustrations by Amy Browne.
    Series Audio Production by Pixiu

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Annie Leigh ,

Like sitting with two friends, funny, informative and thoughtful

Would recommend this to anyone who has someone in their lives with cancer, or indeed has been affected. Katie sheds light on how it feels, what it’s like as well as all sorts of insightful asides that will enrich your day - cancer or none!

AdventuresGalore ,

A brave and honest insight into cancer

I have listened to all of Katie’s podcasts and seen how the podcast has evolved from a cancer diary to a podcast that focuses on many topics that affect individuals and families touched by cancer. Katie has an enquiring mind and a lovely manner when interviewing guests and her chats are both informative and engaging. Am glad she is shining a light on the cancer world particularly for those affected at a younger age. Well done Katie, please keep going!

Benny Cohen ,

Love the positivity around something so hard

Interesting, informative, funny, emotional and I’m sure a comfort to anyone in a similar situation. Keep them coming. 🙏

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