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A mild touch of cancer( 1:0:1)       
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Comedian David Downs learned to be careful what you wish for when he made New Year's resolutions to lose weight and spend more time with his family. Sudden weight-loss and feeling like he had a touch of a flu led to a cancer diagnosis. David joins Helen to talk about going from being given a terminal cancer diagnosis to being cured of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. David's book "A Mild Touch of Cancer" is available here https://www.mildtouch.nz/
Published: 10/27/2020 1:16:12 PM
Hoorah for boobies( 1:0:1)       
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Radio host Sarah Gandy joins Helen and Belinda to talk about the campaign Change and Check, she has brought to New Zealand to raise awareness of the nine signs of breast cancer. They share stories of being diagnosed at a young age and Helen reveals her love for alpacas.
Published: 10/19/2020 5:15:29 PM
MP Nikki Kaye talks about breast cancer( 1:0:1)       
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National MP Nikki Kaye was just 36 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. After the shock announcement she had decided to retire after the election the C Word caught up with Nikki to talk about how breast cancer has impacted her life. October is breast cancer awareness month, Covid has impacted many cancer charities - if you can support a charity with a donation this month please consider Sweet Louise who support people with incurable breast cancer or Shocking Pink, a charity who support younger
Published: 10/5/2020 6:06:00 PM
Fat isn't a Four Letter Word( 1:0:1)       
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For some people there's no greater insult than being called fat. We are conditioned to fear fatness, to have a larger body is meant to be shameful which fuels the billion dollar diet industry. How does fat bias impact access to good medical treatment? The C Word is joined by Dr Cat Pause, Massey University academic and fat activist to discuss the hurdles fat people face accessing adequate healthcare.
Published: 9/29/2020 4:21:03 PM
The silent health crisis( 1:0:1)       
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Every 48 hours a person dies from ovarian cancer in New Zealand. Māori women are three times more likely to die from cervical cancer, yet gynecological cancers are severely underfunded. For gynecological cancer awareness month the C Word is joined by Talk Peach founder Tash Crosby and chairman of Smear Your Mea, Eruera Keepa, to discuss the silent health crisis no one is talking about.
Published: 9/21/2020 12:47:00 PM
Crazy grief( 1:0:1)       
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When Tatiana Hotere's husband Jason died three years ago she fell into a deep pit of grief, at times it felt like she was going crazy. She found an outlet in writing which has turned into her podcast Crazy Grief. The C Word sat down to chat about what Tatiana has learned about grief, why it's important to grieve in the way you need and not the way others want you to. And how being kind to yourself means putting yourself first.
Published: 9/14/2020 1:16:36 PM
Grancer( 0:59:56)       
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American cancerlebrity Grace Lombardo joined the C Word to talk about how her relationship with her body has changed since her cancer diagnosis. Grace was the subject of the short documentary 'Grace' that followed her as she prepared to get a mastectomy tattoo.
Published: 9/7/2020 4:22:43 PM
Popping your clogs( 1:0:1)       
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"Nothing is certain but death and taxes'. Death is a taboo subject, especially when you've had cancer. In this episode Helen and Belinda meet two women who deal with death everyday. Laura Manson is a breast cancer survivor and funeral director in Takaha who believes the process of death is miraculous. Dr Sham Shah is a palliative care doctor in Auckland who helps clear up Helen's misconceptions about what palliative care involves.
Published: 8/31/2020 2:10:51 PM
What are you talking about?( 1:0:1)       
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Misinformation is rife at the moment so Helen and Belinda talk about how to navigate the sea of information and talk with Kate Hannah about the latest research from Te Pūnaha Matatini into how the 'infodemic' impacts certain groups.
Published: 8/23/2020 2:02:27 PM
The Unknown( 1:0:1)       
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As Auckland suddenly heads back into Level 3, and the rest of the country at Alert Level 2, The C Word revisits a theme familiar with anyone who has experienced cancer: Coping with the unknown
Published: 8/23/2020 1:52:09 PM
My tits are trying to kill me( 1:0:1)       
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Palmerston North couple Lanz Blackman and Buffy Small are living with cancer. Eighteen months after intensive care nurse Buffy had breast cancer her wife Lanz was diagnosed. Not long into chemo treatment Lanz got the devastating news her cancer had spread. She shares her often hilarious account on her blog my Tits are trying to Kill Me and joined Helen via Zoom to talk about what it's like living with incurable cancer.
Published: 8/11/2020 11:36:31 AM
The cancer narrative( 1:0:1)       
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After their fifteen minutes of fame in the news, Helen and Belinda discuss how the cancer narrative is told and why Belinda hates being called a survivor.
Published: 8/3/2020 4:24:01 PM
Talk Peach( 1:0:1)       
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Tash Crosby, founder of Talk Peach, was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer at 37yrs old. She is in a minority of people who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer early, most will die from the disease. Tash talks to the C Word about why it's important to take gynecological health seriously and what it's like to go into menopause in your 30s.
Published: 7/28/2020 1:40:09 PM
Fighting for Funding( 1:0:1)       
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Fifteen years ago herceptin was heralded as one of the biggest breakthroughs in the treatment of Her2 positive breast cancer. But for kiwis diagnosed with the aggressive form of the disease the expensive treatment wasn't funded. In this episode of the C Word, Helen and Belinda talk to one of the women who fought for herceptin. Nic Russell shares her inspiring story of resilience in the face of serious health problems.
Published: 7/21/2020 4:14:31 PM
We need to talk about bums( 1:0:1)       
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New Zealand has one of the worst rates of bowel cancer in the world and it's the second highest cause of cancer death in the country. The C Word talks to Stefan Corbett about how a diagnosis of stage three bowel cancer has impacted his life, Hamiltonian Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau shares the devastating consequences her family faced when symptoms went unchecked, and specialist Alasdair Patrick explains what symptoms we should be looking out for.
Published: 7/21/2020 4:11:46 PM
Kylie Tolman( 1:0:1)       
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Founder of C.A.R.E.S, Kylie Tolman, shares her experience of being diagnosed with cancer and the work her organisation does to support people navigating life after treatment.
Published: 7/21/2020 4:09:26 PM
Milestones and Scanxiety( 1:0:1)       
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Helen and Belinda discuss reaching milestones and scanxiety after Helen marks her two years post diagnosis anniversary, and they share their experiences maintaining mental wellbeing during treatment when you have a history of mental distress.
Published: 7/21/2020 2:30:00 PM

Hear the voice of lived experience on an issue that affects so many of us. Drawing on their own experiences, Helen and Belinda speak to other Kiwis whose lives have been impacted by cancer.


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Language: English
Category: Health
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