Cancer Council podcast series covers 'the thing about cancer'

Podcast: Julie McCrossin is hosting a series of podcasts for Cancer Council NSW. Pic: Palliative Care Australia

Podcast: Julie McCrossin is hosting a series of podcasts for Cancer Council NSW. Pic: Palliative Care Australia

A series of podcasts themed ‘the thing about cancer’ will focus on key areas identified by Cancer Council NSW.

The series of 10 information podcasts are designed for people affected by cancer, including carers, families and friends of those living with cancer, in Port Macquarie/Hastings region.

The podcasts will focus on topics that resonate with many people affected by a cancer diagnosis.

The series is hosted by renowned radio broadcaster and cancer survivor, Julie McCrossin, and each podcast is presented in an interview style format featuring expert guests and people with personal experiences of cancer.

Ms McCrossin said that podcasts are quickly becoming one of Australia’s fastest growing content mediums.

“We know that every year in the Port Macquarie/Hastings region alone, it is estimated that approximately 380 people will be diagnosed with cancer,” Ms McCrossin said.

“Often they are dealing with complex decisions that require an understanding of cancer, its treatment, and its ongoing management.

“That’s why this podcast series is such a great resource for people affected by cancer in the region.  It covers topics as diverse as considering treatment options, sex and cancer, coping with fatigue and explaining cancer to kids.

“The episode ‘Explaining cancer to kids’ is one that I think will resonate with a lot of Port Macquarie/Hastings families.

“The thing about cancer is that it can feel like a really tough thing to explain to kids. You ask yourself - how much do they need to know? Isn’t it better to protect them? Won’t it just confuse and scare them? And what about teenagers – how much can they handle?

“In this particular episode we’ll talk to an expert who has supported kids affected by the cancer diagnosis of a parent or someone else close to them.

“This is just one of 10 interesting and topical podcasts that I am proud to be hosting with Cancer Council NSW,”  Ms McCrossin said.

Cancer Council NSW’s Community Programs Coordinator, Tim Chapman, said the podcasts provide an opportunity for Cancer Council to increase access to cancer information, particularly for people who are time poor or feel too unwell to read, as well as those who have low literacy or low vision.

The free podcasts are available to download from the Cancer Council NSW website or via the iTunes store. For more information about the series and upcoming episodes, visit

The first five episodes of ‘The Thing About Cancer’ podcast series are available to download from the Cancer Council NSW website or from the iTunes store, and the remaining five will be available later this month.

The 10 podcast episode topics are listed below:

  • Coping with a cancer diagnosis
  • How can I help someone with cancer?
  • Explaining cancer to kids
  • Coping with fatigue
  • When treatment affects your appetite
  • Sex and cancer
  • Cancer affects the carer too
  • New cancer treatments: targeted therapy and immunotherapy
  • Cancer and your genes
  • Weighing the options


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