9 episodes

The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of online platform Healthy Whole Me.

There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well.
Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences.

I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.

Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, and share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field.

And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.

So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.

More educated, better informed and less alone.

The Menopause and Cancer Podcast Dani Binnington

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of online platform Healthy Whole Me.

There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well.
Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences.

I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.

Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, and share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field.

And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.

So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.

More educated, better informed and less alone.

    Poem: Welcome to Holland

    Poem: Welcome to Holland

    Today's episode is different. I have no expert or wonderful survivor story for you - all you are getting is moi!
    Over the next few weeks and months, I will share with you some of the other bits and pieces that have helped me heal over the last few years.
    As a cancer survivor, I have found much light and hope in meditation and mindfulness. As a teacher, I share poems, readings and I have decided that I will share some of those with you on the podcast. So that together we can practice tapping into the present moment, away from solely focussing on wanting to find solutions.
    Helen Munro from last week’s podcast (listen here) has shared today’s poem with me - and it’s so wonderful I want to share it with you.

    WELCOME TO HOLLAND by Emily Perl Kingsley
    I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would
    feel. It's like this……
    When you're going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David.
    The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

    After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland.”
    "Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy.”

    But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

    The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

    So you must go out and buy new guidebooks. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

    It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

    But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned.”

    And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

    But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things... about Holland.
    c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved
     
    Here are the highlights:
    (02:01) Introduction
    (07:52) Welcome to Holland
    (10:39) The part of the poem that resonated with me
     
    About Dani:
    The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me.
    There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences.
    I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.
    Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field.
    And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.
    So that together we can work towards a better men

    • 11 min
    A Journey of Fertility with Helen Munro

    A Journey of Fertility with Helen Munro

    In today’s episode, I am joined by Helen Munro and we speak about fertility. Helen is the most wonderful woman, we share a tear and laughter together and I am feeling very humble and grateful that Helen has offered to share her experience with me and all of you.
    We discuss her cancer diagnosis, treatment, what was discussed by her health care providers and how she was feeling at different stages of the years to follow.
    We also speak about what happened on the day when she had a full hysterectomy and her sister-in-law gave birth to a baby.
     
    Here are the highlights:
    (07:36) When Helen received her cancer diagnosis
    (18:58) Did any of Helen’s consultants discuss egg-saving treatment?
    (21:50) The emotional difficulties when friends were having their babies
    (26:29) Welcome to Holland
    (34:03) The rage phase of infertility
    (42:53) Did you have a menopause consultation?
    (44:15) How did you feel after your hysterectomy?
     
    Helen can be found here: www.munrotraining.co.uk
    Instagram: @menopause_intelligence
     
    About Dani:
    The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me.
    There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences.
    I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.
    Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field.
    And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.
    So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.
    More educated, better informed and less alone.
     
    Connect with Dani:
    Instagram @healthywholeme 
    Facebook: @healthywholeme 
    Join Dani’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
    For oodles of inspiration, healthy recipes, yoga classes and all round positivity go to her website: https://www.healthywholeme.com/
     
    Produced by The Podcast Boutique

    • 1 hr
    HRT after Breast Cancer? Why Opinions Divide with Mr Vikram Talaulikar

    HRT after Breast Cancer? Why Opinions Divide with Mr Vikram Talaulikar

    Today’s episode is sponsored by BySarahLondon, award-winning natural skincare brand by founders and sisters Sarah and Lauren.
    Enjoy an exclusive 20% off at bysarahlondon.com. Type in code DANI20 (excludes bundles, one use per person)
     
    Is it possible to take HRT after hormone-sensitive cancer?
    This is one of the questions where experts’ opinions divide, leaving patients confused. Once you’re given a ‘no to HRT’ it can make us feel as if we have no options.
    I will speak about HRT after cancer more in future episodes on the podcast because I know so many of us are in a muddle about this. And I will try to learn from experts and patients what their individual thought processes are.
    But for today, I am trying to understand from our guest expert what we know from all the studies that have been done. Even if your cancer was not hormone-driven this episode is a must-listen-to - it will give a greater understanding of where we are at.
    Our guest today is the incredibly knowledgable Mr. Vikram Talaulikar, associate specialist at the reproductive medicine unit and associate Professor in Women's Health at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
    He has published widely in the area of reproductive medicine and explains to us what we know and what we don’t know and how he handles this in his day-to-day practice.
     
    Mr. Talaulikar: https://www.menopausecliniclondon.co.uk/about-us
    Or Instagram: @menopausecliniclondon
     
    Here are the highlights:
    (04:55) Why do we have such opposing opinions?
    (06:20) How does Tamoxifen or AI’s work on the body?
    (09:59) How the breast cancer treatment works and its possible side-effects
    (15:15) The randomised trials in the area of HRT after breast cancer
    (21:44) It has to be a woman’s choice
    (26:11) Do we include our medical team in our conversation about HRT?
     
    Produced by The Podcast Boutique
     

    • 33 min
    Diet Myths and Facts with Dietician, Menopause and Cancer Expert Hilary Wright

    Diet Myths and Facts with Dietician, Menopause and Cancer Expert Hilary Wright

    What’s the deal with menopause and diet after cancer? Is there a ‘best way to eat’?
    I’ve been looking for an expert on this for a long time and I was so thrilled that the incredibly knowledgeable Hillary Wright has agreed to speak to us.
    Hillary Wright is a registered and licensed dietitian with over 2 decades of experience - and now wait for it: She is a Senior Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, providing nutrition care for patients undergoing treatment, as well as cancer survivors AND she is an expert on menopause too, being the co-author of the Menopause Diet Plan, a book that I can highly recommend.
    As the Director for Nutrition Counselling for the Domar Center for Mind Body Health in Waltham, MA, Hillary specialises in nutrition and women’s health.
    In today's episode she will debunk some myths and share the latest evidence on:
    (26:31) Sugar,
    (58:51) Fasting,
    (25:21) Dairy,
    (49:41) Soya,
    (39:38) Diet to reduce recurrence,
    (23:51) Diet to help with symptoms of the menopause,
    (21:30) Weight.
    Hillary Right can be found here https://hillarywright.com/about-hillary-wright/
    Or on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/menopausedietplan/?hl=en
    The Menopause Diet Plan book is here for you https://www.amazon.co.uk/Menopause-Diet-Plan-Complete-Happiness/dp/0593135660
     
    About Dani:
    The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of online platform Healthy Whole Me.
    There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences.
    I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.
    Through the episodes I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field.
    And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.
    So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.
    More educated, better informed and less alone.
     
    Connect with Dani:
    Instagram @healthywholeme 
    Facebook: @healthywholeme 
    Join Dani’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
    For oodles of inspiration, healthy recipes, yoga classes and all round positivity go to her website: https://www.healthywholeme.com/
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Menopause and Cancer at 30. From Isolating to Showing Up On National TV

    Menopause and Cancer at 30. From Isolating to Showing Up On National TV

    Today’s episode is sponsored by BySarahLondon, award-winning natural skincare brand by founders and sisters Sarah and Lauren.
    Enjoy an exclusive 20% off at bysarahlondon.com. Type in code DANI20 (excludes bundles, one use per person)
     
    In today’s episode, I am speaking to the incredible Stacey Owen.
    Stacey and I met on the navigating menopause program last year which I co-curated and co-hosted with charity Trekstock. Together with a team of incredible experts and co-host Jemima Reynolds, head of health at Trekstock, we helped guide young adults in their 20s and 30s to work out a way forward, that’s right for them.
    Stacey’s breast cancer treatment saw her go into a medically induced early menopause, aged 30, a common but often unspoken side-effect of hormone-receptive breast cancer treatments. At first, just grateful to be out of active cancer treatment, she didn’t realise how much the menopause and its symptoms were impacting her life. She says: “I felt like I was the only person going through this – I felt very alone, it was very isolating. I hardly spoke about it to anyone.”
    Fast forward a year and a bit and Stacey was seen in Davina McCall’s second documentary, Sex, Mind and the Menopause.
    What happened in the time between a very closed and hidden experience until showing up and speaking up on national TV is what I want to get to the bottom of in today's episode. What an incredible transformation!
    I share Stacey’s frustration with the entire situation and the lack of discourse around the topic as a whole. She says: “I was kind of so annoyed at all women. For the fact that the menopause is so common, it’s everywhere. Yet, when I stepped into the menopause world, there was nothing and I was like ‘Well, what’s everyone else been doing?’ It’s quite sad really.”
    Stacey is also an illustrator and you can find some of her incredible artwork on @thecancercells on Instagram.
    Find out more about Trekstock: https://www.trekstock.com/
    Here are the highlights:
    (06:40) Stacey’s journey from diagnosis
    (12:25) How much awareness did she have of the side effects from her medications
    (18:41) Getting information should not be patient-led
    (22:09) Discovering Trekstock
    (30:08) What did Stacey learn?
    (33:45) Davina McCall’s documentary, Sex, Mind and the Menopause
    (41:56) What advice Stacey would give to people diagnosed with cancer in their 20s and 30s
    About Dani:
    The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of online platform Healthy Whole Me.
    There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences.
    I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.
    Through the episodes I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field.
     
    And of course I will share stories from the people in our community.
     
    So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.
     
    More educated, better informed and less alone.
     
     
    Connect with Dani:
     
    Instagram @healthywholeme 
    Facebook: @healthywholeme 
     
    Join Dani’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
     
    For oodles of inspiration, healthy recipes, yoga classes and all round positivity go to her website: https://www.healthywholeme.com/
     
     
     

    • 55 min
    Who & How & When to Ask For Help: Navigating the Medical System

    Who & How & When to Ask For Help: Navigating the Medical System

    I am very excited to welcome Dr. Lindsey Thomas onto today’s episode of the podcast. Lindsey is a registered British Menopause Society Specialist, with the highest level of training. She can be found at the NHS specialist menopause clinic in Leeds and she is also a menopause specialist at Menopause Care.
    She has worked in a large inner city practice in Sheffield as a GP for almost 20 years, where much of her time has been spent working in women’s and sexual health. So I could not think of a better guest to help us understand:
    How to get help if we need it?
    Who to ask for help?
    And when to ask for it?
    Each week I get emails from women who say they have had absolutely no help. They might have been discharged after their active treatment for cancer and they feel just left. Many echo what I have been experiencing myself - and that is total confusion of what’s what? What is menopause? What is cancer? What’s lingering from the pandemic if you have been diagnosed throughout? And then we wonder who is the right person to help us? Our oncologist? GP?
    I have made it my mission to help empower each and every one of my listeners and clients. So that we are all more educated, more informed and hence, can make better choices for us now and our long-term health.
    So in today’s episode, I want to talk about what do we do if we feel we have no options - and how do we navigate our health within the NHS and private sector?
    Here is a link to the British Menopause Society where you can find a menopause specialist to whom your GP can refer you to.
    https://thebms.org.uk/find-a-menopause-specialist/
    Here are the highlights:
    (03:29) How women arrive in menopause and how Lindsey can help them
    (08:25) There are only just over 100 registered menopause clinics in the UK
    (10:35) How can we help ourselves now?
    (20:21) You can find a different GP to suit your specific needs
    (24:18) At what point would a GP refer us?
    (29:35) What we can do when we are on a long waiting list?
    (42:37) I think the biggest thing that needs to happen is that we have an awareness of how low oestrogen can impact women
     
    About Dani:
    The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of online platform Healthy Whole Me.
    There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences.
    I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.
    Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field.
    And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.
    So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.
    More educated, better informed and less alone.
     
    Connect with Dani:
    Instagram @healthywholeme 
    Facebook: @healthywholeme 
    Join Dani’s private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
    For oodles of inspiration, healthy recipes, yoga classes and all round positivity go to her website: https://www.healthywholeme.com/

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Weasel Bleu ,

Terrific and supportive resource

The clash of cancer treatment and ensuing menopause leaves you absolutely reeling and searching for answers to help you navigate your way through.

This podcast is a really brilliant help from both the perspective of sharing of knowledge, with up to the minute scientific advice, but also with an atmosphere of collegiality and empowerment.

Totally recommend the FB page too. A safe place to share and ask… Dani is a true force for good.

Nickhalebarns ,

Amazing

Thanks Dani for everything you are doing. I have just listened to ep 1 and I felt empowered after listening to you and Dr Annice Mukherjee. There is so much out there on HRT making you feel like all hope is lost if you can’t take HRT but I now feel informed and understand that isn’t true at all ! There are options for everyone and everyone is unique :-). Looking forward to more episodes :-)

EEG*21 ,

Brilliant!

I’ve just started on tamoxifen and this has taken away a lot of my fear and inspired me. Thank you!

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