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How does cancer affect a family? – That Cancer Conversation podcast

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by Cancer Research UK | Podcast

22 September 2023

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This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series That Cancer Conversation


Our latest podcast is about how families cope with cancer, and the scientific progress helping them through.  

Austin was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when he was 2 years old.  

His treatment was very difficult, but he recovered. Then his cancer came back.  

The process started again, with stronger drugs and side effects.  

Again, he recovered, and again, a few years later, the cancer came back.  

The painful cycle continued until Austin’s parents, Lou and Scott, found a trial for a new type of cancer treatment called CAR-T cell therapy 

In 2016, scientists took some cells from Austin’s immune system. Dr Sara Ghorashian, from the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, changed them so they could recognise cancer cells as a threat. Then they were put back into Austin’s body. 

Since then, Austin has been cancer free. Now he’s even helping researchers find out how to make CAR-T cell therapy more effective.  

Lou and Scott take us through Austin’s story, and Sara guides us through the science that has helped keep it going. We also speak to Caroline Leek, a former scientist who specialises in supporting families affected by cancer, about how focusing on fun can help adults and children talk about painful and emotional experiences. 

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    Comments

  • Searchie Inc
    6 December 2023

    Thank you for this insightful private podcast episode. It’s a powerful exploration of a topic that affects so many families, and your candid conversations are truly appreciated. Cancer’s impact on a family is profound, and this discussion sheds light on the emotional, financial, and relational aspects. Kudos to the That Cancer Conversation team for addressing such an important and often overlooked aspect of the cancer journey. Your work is making a difference, and I’m grateful for the awareness you’re bringing to this crucial issue. Looking forward to more impactful conversations in the future. 💙🎗️

  • Rebecca Wright
    28 October 2023

    Listening to this podcast about Austin was very informative and brought back a lot of memories of our son sebastian when we face ALL apart from a blood clot in his head (they think was cause by the peg chemo) so extra treatment and injections his clinical trial of height methotrexate ran well and he responded well so we were lucky not to have relapses like poor Austin. My Sebastian is the same age as Austin now 14 years old the youngest of my 4 children and the most loving patient kindest child you would ever wish to meet in life. It’s such a journey families go on and you do treat the oncologists in our case indu , or Phillip like family as spend so much time together . I feel blessed that we have him here with us today and we have got science and research to thank for that.

  • Bright Onyemaeki Okpali
    16 October 2023

    I want to be receiving your content and get updated at every new report.

  • reply
    Jacob Smith
    17 October 2023

    Hi,

    Thanks for your comment.

    You can subscribe to That Cancer Conversation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you usually listen to your podcasts. You can also subscribe to our Cancer News Email Newsletter here to be kept up to date with the latest cancer news.

    I hope that helps,
    Jacob, Cancer Research UK

    Comments

  • Searchie Inc
    6 December 2023

    Thank you for this insightful private podcast episode. It’s a powerful exploration of a topic that affects so many families, and your candid conversations are truly appreciated. Cancer’s impact on a family is profound, and this discussion sheds light on the emotional, financial, and relational aspects. Kudos to the That Cancer Conversation team for addressing such an important and often overlooked aspect of the cancer journey. Your work is making a difference, and I’m grateful for the awareness you’re bringing to this crucial issue. Looking forward to more impactful conversations in the future. 💙🎗️

  • Rebecca Wright
    28 October 2023

    Listening to this podcast about Austin was very informative and brought back a lot of memories of our son sebastian when we face ALL apart from a blood clot in his head (they think was cause by the peg chemo) so extra treatment and injections his clinical trial of height methotrexate ran well and he responded well so we were lucky not to have relapses like poor Austin. My Sebastian is the same age as Austin now 14 years old the youngest of my 4 children and the most loving patient kindest child you would ever wish to meet in life. It’s such a journey families go on and you do treat the oncologists in our case indu , or Phillip like family as spend so much time together . I feel blessed that we have him here with us today and we have got science and research to thank for that.

  • Bright Onyemaeki Okpali
    16 October 2023

    I want to be receiving your content and get updated at every new report.

  • reply
    Jacob Smith
    17 October 2023

    Hi,

    Thanks for your comment.

    You can subscribe to That Cancer Conversation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you usually listen to your podcasts. You can also subscribe to our Cancer News Email Newsletter here to be kept up to date with the latest cancer news.

    I hope that helps,
    Jacob, Cancer Research UK