47 episodes

Talk About Cancer is a podcast of stories from cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members. The host, Serena Hu, talks to her guests about their emotional journeys with cancer and what happens to the relationships in their lives after a cancer diagnosis. They will often explore how culture and faith shape each person's experience of cancer and grief. You will find diverse perspectives, honesty, and wisdom in these stories to help you deal with cancer and its aftermath. Follow for new stories each week. http://talkaboutcancerpodcast.com

Talk About Cancer Serena Hu

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Talk About Cancer is a podcast of stories from cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members. The host, Serena Hu, talks to her guests about their emotional journeys with cancer and what happens to the relationships in their lives after a cancer diagnosis. They will often explore how culture and faith shape each person's experience of cancer and grief. You will find diverse perspectives, honesty, and wisdom in these stories to help you deal with cancer and its aftermath. Follow for new stories each week. http://talkaboutcancerpodcast.com

    Courage micro-series #2: Getting through

    Courage micro-series #2: Getting through

    In the second episode of the courage micro-series, we are going to hear from a few people who talked about moving forward, despite being scared and having limited control over their situations.

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    Read about Natasha's story in her new book: Behind these sarcoma scars.

    Have topic suggestions or feedback about the show?  Email info@talkaboutcancerpodcast.com or come say hi on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin!

    Please follow the podcast if these stories are resonating with you. I would also be grateful if you can leave an honest rating and review so I know if I am serving the interests and needs of you listeners out there.

    Thank you for listening!

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    • 14 min
    Courage micro-series #1: See me

    Courage micro-series #1: See me

    In this first episode of the courage micro-series, we are going to hear from a few people who about the experience of not being seen or heard while dealing with cancer. 

    To find out more about Savio's resources, please visit his website.
    Have topic suggestions or feedback about the show?  Email info@talkaboutcancerpodcast.com or come say hi on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin!

    Please follow the podcast if these stories are resonating with you. I would also be grateful if you can leave an honest rating and review so I know if I am serving the interests and needs of you listeners out there.

    Thank you for listening!

    Music by Alex_MakeMusic on Pixabay

    • 12 min
    Back for a new season

    Back for a new season

    I am back from a little break and starting to work on a new season. First up is the micro-series about courage. If you want to share your words and stories of courage, please visit:
    https://talkaboutcancerpodcast.com/shareyourstory/ You can always submit your writings or recordings anonymously.

    Have topic suggestions or feedback about the show?  Email info@talkaboutcancerpodcast.com or come say hi on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin!

    Thank you for listening!

    Music by Madirfan from Pixabay

    • 3 min
    An oncologist's cancer story

    An oncologist's cancer story

    Reema shared how her cancer experience might have been similar to and different from someone who is not an oncologist, and how this experience has influenced the way she practices medicine today.

    Please follow the podcast if these stories are resonating with you. I would also be grateful if you can leave an honest rating and review so I know if I am serving the interests and needs of you listeners out there.

    Have topic suggestions or feedback about the show?  Email info@talkaboutcancerpodcast.com or come say hi on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin!

    Thank you for listening!

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    My reflections on the conversation:

    Before talking to Reema, I wondered how her experience with cancer might be different from people who are not doctors. The one thing that I didn’t expect was the extra layer of stress she had when family and friends continued to look to her to be the expert of her own situation. She definitely was the medical expert, but I can see how wearing the “doctor” and the “patient” hats at the same time would be very confusing and exhausting. As she gently reminded me during our conversation - doctors are humans too! And there are simply no shortcuts when it comes to navigating the emotional experience of cancer. 

    • 34 min
    On the ride

    On the ride

    Charles shared how having lost so many family members to cancer shapes how he approaches caregiving for his wife today, and how leaning into art and dark humor has helped him process and cope with it all.
     
    Check out some of Charles' recent work: 
    Short film: A History of WorryShort story collection: Slippery When MetastasizedColoring book: Pug Monster GalleryHuffPost article about air guitar workout
    You can connect with him on his website, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Please follow the podcast if these stories are resonating with you. I would also be grateful if you can leave an honest rating and review so I know if I am serving the interests and needs of you listeners out there.

    Have topic suggestions or feedback about the show?  Email info@talkaboutcancerpodcast.com or come say hi on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin!

    Thank you for listening!

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    My reflections on the conversation:

    I was struck by the way Charles framed his caregiving experience as being "on the ride.” I never thought about my own caregiving experience this way because it sounds a bit detached or somehow not invested in what’s going on. But I knew that was not what Charles meant and when I thought more about it, I realized how helpful this framing could be for caregivers - because it takes us out of the “driver seat,” which is what many of us would try to “inhabit” in a difficult situation because we feel it’s what we are supposed to do to take care of our loved ones. But when we do that, our own needs can come to the forefront and the needs of the person dealing with cancer could get lost. 

    This framing also acknowledges that we will not have complete control over the situation and it’s not our fault if our loved ones have to suffer. Acceptance doesn’t mean that we don’t try our best to provide support, but it takes the pressure off of caregivers to keep searching for the perfect solution when often, that does not exist.

    • 40 min
    I didn't cause this

    I didn't cause this

    Nefa-Tari shared the devastating experience of being diagnosed with uterine cancer and ending her marriage soon after, and how she eventually found her way out of that incredibly tough period by advocating for her own needs and leaning on her faith.

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    Please follow the podcast if these stories are resonating with you. I would also be grateful if you can leave an honest rating and review so I know if I am serving the interests and needs of you listeners out there.

    Have topic suggestions or feedback about the show?  Email info@talkaboutcancerpodcast.com or come say hi on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin!

    Thank you for listening!

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    My reflections on the conversation:

    Losing a relationship after a cancer diagnosis - whether a family member or a friend - can feel like the ultimate betrayal for cancer people. I’ve learned early on that some people just don’t know how to deal with all the emotions and responsibilities that come with a cancer diagnosis, but it still sucks when the person you thought you could count really isn’t up for the job. Like Nefa Tari and other guests on the show have mentioned, when dealing with cancer, you have to prioritize yourself, even if that means ending relationships that are so important to you. But the space that gets vacated will be filled by people who can meet you where you are. 

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

ellaresse ,

Relatable

There is an episode that will appeal to everyone who has received a diagnosis. The guests are relatable if you’ve been a patient yourself, but I think caregivers and loved ones also would find this podcast helpful.

ZKana ,

I usually don’t like cancer podcasts but this is different

I have brain cancer and think about it way too much so I don’t always want to listen to podcasts diving even deeper into the abyss but there’s something very calming and encouraging about this one. I find myself pleasantly surprised by how much I relate to what the guests have to say. It doesn’t dwell too much in the misery- just acknowledges it then focuses on talk that’s actually helpful in how it provokes thought. It’s more healing to listen than pot-stirring. Also unlike most cancer podcasts, it’s not boring.

Mandanoke ,

I love it!

As someone living with cancer for the 4th time I think of myself as an expert of sorts. I love listening to this because Serena is a great host with insightful questions! There are many stories I can relate to and others that are very different from how I think. Hearing from loved ones of cancer patients is so beautiful too! Lots for all of us to learn here!

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