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Putting cancer into words - personal stories

Personal stories about cancer and radiotherapy

Here patients and a researcher share their personal, moving and often funny stories about cancer to inspire more conversations about radiotherapy and research.

The stories are short, powerful and to the point.

  • Precious time

    Time changes as Jackie gets a new diagnosis and treatment and remembers how important people are.

  • Radiotherapy & Me

    Anthea, a researcher, reflects on the connections she has with her patients.

  • Would this be the last time I ever heard my own voice?

    The sounds that keep Nic going through treatment.

  • It Was Never on my Bucket List

    Humour and honesty, Sally’s way through and back to her new self.

  • Cheesed Off

    The small things become big things for Sharon over 25 visits.

  • Ripples on a Pond

    Tracy finds herself in the centre and everyone gets a hat.

This project was delivered by Vocal, radiotherapy researchers from the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Contact. These poems were developed through creative workshops run by Nathaniel Hall. For more information see the case study.

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