The search for a cure for cancer has made great progress over the last two decades, and so has what we know about providing care for those who have been diagnosed with the disease, and those who provide for their needs. Where cancer was once an illness that was whispered about, today we celebrate those who are on a cancer journey, cheering them on and providing them with open and unabashed support in a thousand different ways, including financial assistance, emotional support, and educational support.
Cancer podcasts are one of the newest entries into the realm of providing both encouragement and education. These audio programs are specifically designed to be listened to wherever and whenever it is most convenient or helpful for the listener, who simply needs to download it onto their preferred device, a process that takes a few seconds. This makes the podcast a perfect option for cancer patients, who can listen to seemingly limitless content of their choosing when they are at home, in their car, or even while sitting through a chemotherapy treatment.
Podcast content is seemingly limitless, no matter what type of content you are looking for, and much of what’s out there is of extremely high quality. Whether you are a cancer patient looking for information on a topic specific to your diagnosis, or a caregiver who needs cancer support, a quick Google search will yield a wealth of free cancer podcasts available that will provide you with the information or inspiration you seek.
Though it is difficult to select the very best cancer podcasts available – particularly as more are being uploaded every day – there are several that have earned mention as being among the top programs available. They are:
Cancer.Net is a patient information website provided by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and its podcasts have been designed to provide information on a wide range of topics, including research, treatment and more. Their series of award-winning programs have received recognition from several digital health organizations, and are highly regarded by physicians, patients, and cancer support groups.
This podcast is presented by the Cancer Support Community, and aims to provide cancer patients and their support network with information that is both informative and inspiring. Topics include financial planning, self-care, finding the best treatment for your particular diagnosis, and addressing stress and anxiety.
This one-hour episode of the popular TED talk radio show, which can on heard on National Public Radio, first aired on July 31st, 2015. It featured five different speakers addressing a variety of cancer-related topics, including Dean Ornish discussing healthy eating for cancer and Debra Jarvis discussing what it means to be a cancer survivor.
BreastCancer.Org’s podcasts present a wide range of experts and speakers addressing a variety of topics ranging from the scientific to the inspirational. Though targeted to breast cancer, many of the programs can be helpful to cancer patients and caregivers regardless of the type of cancer that they have.
Produced by standup comedian Jesse Case, this podcast debuted in July of 2015 and chronicles the day-to-day experiences of a cancer patient. Case was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, and the podcast has won praise for the honesty of its approach and the comic’s ability to find humor in his experience.
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