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Brett outside the Cancer Research UK shop he volunteers in

Brett has been volunteering at our Rotherham store since 2016. But what started as a few hours in the shop each week has grown him being a vital member of the team. Brett has been volunteering at our Rotherham store since 2016. But what started as a few hours in the shop each week has grown him being a vital member of the team.

by Jacob Smith | Personal stories | 15 June 2023

15 June 2023

That Cancer Conversation in a white speech bubble with a dark blue background

This latest episode features 3 guests who explore how cancer can impact sexual wellbeing and what can be done to help. This latest episode features 3 guests who explore how cancer can impact sexual wellbeing and what can be done to help.

by Cancer Research UK | Podcast | 28 April 2023

28 April 2023

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series That Cancer Conversation
Becky and Joe with their three children

During Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, we talk to Becky whose partner Joe died in 2018, leaving her and their three young children to come to terms with his death. During Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, we talk to Becky whose partner Joe died in 2018, leaving her and their three young children to come to terms with his death.

by Alison Birkett | Personal stories | 21 April 2023

21 April 2023

Fatimah, 19, near her home, and Adam, 23, on holiday. They were both diagnosed with cancer in their mid-teens.

For Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Month, we're hearing from four supporters who've faced the unique challenges of teenage cancer. For Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Month, we're hearing from four supporters who've faced the unique challenges of teenage cancer.

by Tom Bourton | Personal stories | 6 April 2023

6 April 2023

A glass Flame of Hope award

The Flame of Hope Awards are our annual celebration of our most outstanding and dedicated supporters and volunteers. Here we’re highlighting four of this year’s amazing Flame of Hope winners.   The Flame of Hope Awards are our annual celebration of our most outstanding and dedicated supporters and volunteers. Here we’re highlighting four of this year’s amazing Flame of Hope winners.  

by Amy Warnock | Personal stories | 3 April 2023

3 April 2023

We celebrated International Women's Day by bringing together amazing women for our annual Women of Influence Fellows' Meeting. Read on for the stories of some of the women in our Women of Influence mentorship scheme. We celebrated International Women's Day by bringing together amazing women for our annual Women of Influence Fellows' Meeting. Read on for the stories of some of the women in our Women of Influence mentorship scheme.

by Sophie Wedekind | Analysis | 15 March 2023

15 March 2023

Kizi, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, with some of the information leaflets he was given

Kizi and his wife Emma share the challenges they faced when he was diagnosed with a cancer that predominantly affects the opposite sex: a whirlwind of change and female-centred care. Kizi and his wife Emma share the challenges they faced when he was diagnosed with a cancer that predominantly affects the opposite sex: a whirlwind of change and female-centred care.

by Elisa Mitchell | Personal stories | 7 February 2023

7 February 2023

Maria with some of the wigs she's made

In 2008, Maria was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. In 2019, she started her online wig making business, which has gone on to provide wigs for up to a hundred women who have lost their hair during chemotherapy treatment. In 2008, Maria was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. In 2019, she started her online wig making business, which has gone on to provide wigs for up to a hundred women who have lost their hair during chemotherapy treatment.

by Jemma Humphreys | Personal stories | 16 December 2022

16 December 2022

Loren (left) and Dinny (right), who both lost their voices during their cancer treatment

Dinny and Loren had different types of cancer, and in both cases the disease took away their voices. Until, of course, they found a way to break the silence. Dinny and Loren had different types of cancer, and in both cases the disease took away their voices. Until, of course, they found a way to break the silence.

by Paula Young, Jane Redman | Personal stories | 2 December 2022

2 December 2022