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I'm your host, Trevor Maxwell. I'm a stage IV colon cancer survivor, and I've got a message for other men: You don't have to go through cancer alone.

Every week on the Man Up to Cancer podcast, you can expect raw, unfiltered conversations about men, cancer, and our experiences. My guests will be other patients, survivors, advocates, and friends from #cancerland.

We'll tackle the topics of grief, pain, and the physical suck-fest of cancer. But .. PLOT TWIST.. we're also going to joke, laugh, and have fun.

For more content, merch, and other manly cancer stuff, check us out at www.manuptocancer.com.

Man Up to Cancer Man Up to Cancer

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    • 5.0 • 51 Ratings

I'm your host, Trevor Maxwell. I'm a stage IV colon cancer survivor, and I've got a message for other men: You don't have to go through cancer alone.

Every week on the Man Up to Cancer podcast, you can expect raw, unfiltered conversations about men, cancer, and our experiences. My guests will be other patients, survivors, advocates, and friends from #cancerland.

We'll tackle the topics of grief, pain, and the physical suck-fest of cancer. But .. PLOT TWIST.. we're also going to joke, laugh, and have fun.

For more content, merch, and other manly cancer stuff, check us out at www.manuptocancer.com.

    Ready for Surgery... Again

    Ready for Surgery... Again

    Today's episode is an update on my personal cancer journey.
    I'm getting ready for major abdominal surgery #4 in the past 3 and a half years. I'll be going to Massachusetts General Hospital. A surgeon there will open me up and take out several small tumors from my abdomen. I may also lose a section of my stomach, because the tumors have been hanging out for quite some time right up against it.
    I talk about my emotions around the surgery, and give thanks to many of the people who have played such important roles in getting me to this point.
    After my update, I'm adding in the pilot episode of the podcast. We've had a lot of new people join the Man Up to Cancer community recently, and I hope they get a chance to check out this pilot.
    #KFG

    • 22 min
    'We are fathers facing cancer,' with Steven Barker

    'We are fathers facing cancer,' with Steven Barker

    Today on the Man Up to Cancer Podcast... our red-bearded friend from Memphis..https://www.facebook.com/groups/579075395989971/user/56401489/?__cft__[0]=AZX8bUyEx5eZLjYjS8NRItBV_QK1qEsIwsqUfpMMZtlVi0lvM5IB-B4HLWZS904hnaSdtPYepFGvJiLSY_wwFPQ8ozsctRAzhhEzQg4zw6cF1n7zVPA8nkCfutquL3E19Wnthu653cUUNaTOB-gP957v8IvewMERutYuQ5ESB08gqcUx_uydVQVcT8o5lkyAmiYand__tn__=-]K-R ( Steven Barker) drops by the show to talk about his crazy journey with lymphoma.
    Steven is part of the growing admin team in Man Up to Cancer's Howling Place Facebook group.
    He lives with his wife, Katie, and their two kids in a suburb of Memphis, Tenn. He spent the first nine months of 2019 simply trying to find a doctor that would hear his concerns and consider his symptoms may be more severe than “most guys his age.”
    It was nearly a year before he finally received a proper diagnosis: Diffuse large B cell lymphoma, stage III.
    From my takeaways:
    Why a man should NEVER ignore low iron levels
    What it’s like to be a dad raising young kids while cancering
    Uncover the identity of Steven’s celebrity crush (Hint: This one might blindside you)
    SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT!
    Today’s episode is brought to you exclusively by the good folks at Blue Note Therapeutics.
    Blue Note creates digital therapeutics to help cancer patients cope with the emotional distress associated with our disease.
    Check out their premier product, COVID Cancer Care, at https://covidcancercare.com/ (covidcancercare.com), and we’ll keep you posted on more programs that they’re going to be releasing soon.
    You can also visit their website, https://bluenotetherapeutics.com/ (bluenotetherapeutics.com), and follow them on https://www.linkedin.com/company/blue-note-therapeutics/ (LinkedIn).

    • 44 min
    Lung cancer at 50: An Ironman athlete faces the fight of his life

    Lung cancer at 50: An Ironman athlete faces the fight of his life

    I was thrilled to spend time chatting with my friend Dave Nitsche of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dave is an active member of the Man Up to Cancer community.
    Dave has always been able to rely on his body and mind working in sync. He is accustomed to pushing both to the extreme, as an ultra runner and https://www.ironman.com/ (Ironman) athlete.
    He started doing endurance events as a teenager, and by the time he turned 50, Dave had completed more than a dozen grueling Ironman triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run), and many more ultra running events. The Winnepeg native had literally trained for thousands of hours over the course of decades.
    So when Dave was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in the spring of 2019, his response was bewilderment.
    “There was no reason, no indication that this should have happened,” Dave said.
    His diagnosis came after Dave began having vision problems in his left eye. The problems got so bad that doctors had to remove the eye. When the tissue was tested in the lab, it revealed cancer. Additional scans and tests showed it was lung cancer had spread throughout his body. An oncologist basically told Dave that he was going to die of cancer.
    Dave is determined to prove the doctors wrong. He has been on two targeted therapies that have kept his disease stable. And he has resumed one of his great passions: hiking in the scenic wilderness of Western Canada, often with his dog Indie.
    He is also speaking up as an advocate for lung cancer awareness, and advances in research and treatment. One of the organizations that has helped him along the way is https://wellspring.ca/ (Wellspring).
    SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT!
    Today’s episode is brought to you exclusively by the good folks at Blue Note Therapeutics.
    Blue Note creates digital therapeutics to help cancer patients cope with the emotional distress associated with our disease.
    Check out their premier product, COVID Cancer Care, at https://covidcancercare.com/ (covidcancercare.com), and we’ll keep you posted on more programs that they’re going to be releasing soon.
    You can also visit their website, https://bluenotetherapeutics.com/ (bluenotetherapeutics.com), and follow them on https://www.linkedin.com/company/blue-note-therapeutics/ (LinkedIn).

    • 38 min
    Michael Riehle: Get a second opinion, dammit!

    Michael Riehle: Get a second opinion, dammit!

    A second opinion saved Michael Riehle's life. It just might save yours, too.
    I'm excited to spend time on the podcast today with Michael, who has become a beloved member and one of the administrators for the Man Up to Cancer - Howling Place Facebook group.
    Michael, 32, is from Buffalo, NY (technically South Wales). He has been fighting stage 4 colorectal cancer since June of 2020. At first he was told that his cancer was inoperable and incurable. Not satisfied with that prediction, Michael and his wife Sara took the bull by the horns. They learned everything they could about Michael's disease, and they connected with a team at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC. In less than a year, Michael has had multiple surgeries, along with strategic chemotherapy, to rid his body of cancer.
    Michael shares a powerful story of self-advocacy, and the power of second opinions for cancer patients.
    SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT!
    Today’s episode is brought to you exclusively by the good folks at Blue Note Therapeutics.
    Blue Note creates digital therapeutics to help cancer patients cope with the emotional distress associated with our disease.
    Check out their premier product, COVID Cancer Care, at https://covidcancercare.com/ (covidcancercare.com), and we’ll keep you posted on more programs that they’re going to be releasing soon.
    You can also visit their website, https://bluenotetherapeutics.com/ (bluenotetherapeutics.com), and follow them on https://www.linkedin.com/company/blue-note-therapeutics/ (LinkedIn).

    • 48 min
    Patrick Dempsey is all heart, and I've got proof

    Patrick Dempsey is all heart, and I've got proof

    Much of the world knows Patrick Dempsey for his iconic roles in TV and film, in what has been a truly exceptional career. I know him for something different.
    To me, he is a real life hero who has made life better for cancer patients and their families, including me and my family.
    In 2008, Patrick founded the https://www.dempseycenter.org/ (Dempsey Center) here in our home state of Maine.
    The Dempsey Center provides services, classes, and workshops that improve the quality of life for people impacted by cancer.
    This includes counseling, support groups, nutrition and fitness classes, massage, reiki, acupuncture, and more. All provided at no cost to clients.
    In a wide-ranging interview, Kelin and I talk to Patrick about the Dempsey Center's past, present, and future. We also talk about Patrick's career, his upcoming movies, and why he decided to return for a guest run as McDreamy, Dr. Derek Shepherd, on Grey's anatomy.

    • 48 min
    Our Scars.. Roadmaps of the Cancer Journey

    Our Scars.. Roadmaps of the Cancer Journey

    Today’s show is all about our scars.
    Specifically, the physical surgical scars that many of us cancer patients have...
    And the emotional scars that go along with those scars of the flesh.
    My friend Charlie Henricks, a fellow stage 4 colon cancer survivor, joins me.
    I’m grateful to be connected to A LOT of cancer patients and survivors on social media, mostly Facebook, and a while back I posted about my scars, and I asked my friends to finish this sentence.
    “My scars are ______”
    I had about 200 responses, which were all amazing, I don’t have time to share all of them, but I want to share a bunch of these responses with you.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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51 Ratings

51 Ratings

CharlieJomeer ,

Spot on

This guy, Trevor Maxwell, knows his stuff, and finds great guests to expand all of our perspectives. As a survivor and going thru current treatment, it is as real as it can be.

Leahn23 ,

Real, funny, and inspiring

This guy, Trevor has it going on. As an oncology nurse and business owner this podcast hits all the points that men and cancer survivors live with. I love listening on my way to work, going grocery shopping, on my runs! Definitely a must listen to!

Pic hum ,

This is so needed!!!

Thank you for helping men like myself not to self-isolate during a Cancer diagnosis. This is so needed for men and their loved ones in the cancer community! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my story and to be on this journey with you Trevor!

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