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By Robin Daly
CANCERTALK explores the potential of Integrative Medicine to improve the lives of those with cancer. Hosted by Dr Penny Kechagioglou, Clinical Oncologist and Robin Daly, Founder and Chairman of Yes to Life, this occasional podcast will feature guest Practitioners from the world of Integrative Oncology - which in plain English means a broad, holistic approach to cancer care that includes support for body, mind and spirit.
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Chronobiology - Frontier Science
Is chronobiology set to change the way treatment is delivered? Dr Robert Dallmann has been immersed in the science behind circadian rhythms for many years, and in this episode he describes some of the startling discoveries associated with our inner clocks and how much effect taking them into account could have on treatment outcomes.
June 21, 2022
BSIO - A Force for Change
The British Society for Integrative Oncology (BSIO) is the leading professional organisation for integrative oncology in the UK. Its stated goal is to promote the integration of conventional, nutritional, lifestyle and complementary medicine to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. It is rapidly becoming an established force for change in cancer care, with a growing membership and a range of annual events and services. Podcast host Dr Penny Kechagioglou is Co-chair of the BSIO, alongside this episode's guest, Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel, who brings us up to date with developments at BSIO.
May 24, 2022
Both Sides of the Picture
When breast cancer surgeon Liz O'Riordan was herself diagnosed with breast cancer she was immediately confronted by just how little she understood about the experience of the women she had been treating, and about the devastating impact many of the everyday practices of oncology can have on patients. Now, several years on, and following some extremely debilitating treatment, Liz is passionate about sharing her insights gained from experiencing both sides of the picture of cancer care.
April 18, 2022
Is Gut Health Key to Treatment Success?
James Kinross is a consultant surgeon at Imperial College London and a senior lecturer in colorectal surgery. He is also an expert in the microbiome, with a particular focus in its role in the success of cancer treatments, both surgical and other. This has led to an interest in diet as the most accessible and direct route to affecting the microbiome.
March 22, 2022
The Shape of Things to Come
Dr Stephen Kennedy is an experienced Consultant Oncologist with a 17 year background in the NHS. In parallel he has recently been developing his strong interests in nutrition and lifestyle measures as medicine and precision health, and investigating the wider determinants of health and disease prevention, particularly in cancer. Hosts Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly explore Stephen's views on the potential of integration to answer some of the many issues facing cancer care, and to radically improve the patient experience and outcomes.
February 20, 2022
Coaching for Change
In this episode, our guest Aga Kehinde who has a background in nursing as a Cancer Nurse Specialist, has moved into the arena of coaching and wants to bring desperately needed change in oncology through coaching patients in what it means to take charge of and manage their healthcare, and oncology staff in learning an open-hearted and non-hierarchical way of relating to vulnerable patients.
January 25, 2022
A Broader View of Oncology
Bobby Sira is a Pharmacist, specialised in Oncology, but also an Ayurvedic Practitioner. In this episode, hosts Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly ask Bobby about the contrasting views of healthcare that his two disciplines espouse, what he feels Ayurveda and other complementary modalities can offer to mainstream cancer care, and the current obstacles to the integration he would like to see within the NHS.
December 20, 2021
Preventative Oncology
Dr Shireen Kassam MBBS, FRCPath, PhD, DipIBLM, Consultant Haematologist at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in lymphoma, is passionate about plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine for the prevention and reversal of chronic disease. In this episode, she discusses the potential for these approaches in the management of cancer, and also the issues involved in bringing them into the mainstream. With  developments in other fields such as the sub-speciality of Preventative Cardiology, she proposes the introduction of Preventative Oncology as a means to broaden the resources of Oncology, from their current exclusive focus on treatment.
November 23, 2021
Complementary Crusader
Since the 1980s, Peter Mackereth has been on a mission to get complementary therapies to people with cancer, their families and their carers. He has overcome innumerable obstacles to create services, deliver care, and simultaneously, to build the science behind complementary medicine. In this episode, Peter shares some of his unique insights into the challenges of integration, and the strategies behind his many successes.
October 21, 2021
Progress in Nutritional Science
In this episode, guest Dr Carol Granger, a registered nutrition practitioner with a degree in biochemistry and a Master’s in microbiology, discusses the advances in nutritional science made in recent decades, as well as the openings that are now beginning to appear for true integration of nutritional science and conventional cancer care.
September 19, 2021
Is the Move to Integration Now Unstoppable?
Dr Elizabeth Thompson is CEO and founder of the National Centre for Integrative Medicine. In this episode she discusses the development and progress of Integrative Oncology in the UK with regular hosts Dr Penny Kechagioglou, clinical oncologist, and Robin Daly, founder of UK charity Yes to Life.
August 19, 2021
Food and Mood... and more
Professor Rob Thomas is the UK oncologist who has been championing Lifestyle Medicine for well over a decade. He has designed and run high quality trials of natural products for use in cancer, investigating their potential to improve quality of life and outcomes, as well as publishing books for patients and regularly speaking to both the public and healthcare professionals about the many benefits of Lifestyle Medicine.  In this podcast, Prof Thomas homes in on the many and often serious side-effects of conventional treatments for breast cancer, and how nutrition, exercise and lifestyle can help ameliorate these.
July 15, 2021
Nurture Through Nature
In this episode, regular hosts Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly talk to Dr Sam Watts, an Ayurvedic doctor and cancer research scientist about the striking effects that our connection to nature - or lack of it - can have on our health and wellbeing, particularly if we have cancer.
June 10, 2021
Resilience Through Cancer Treatment
Functional Medicine Practitioner Mark Bennett joins hosts Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly to discuss the many ways that nutritional and lifestyle interventions can support people going through conventional cancer treatments.
May 13, 2021
Cancer & Covid
Exercise Specialist Lizzy Davis and Nutritional Therapist Kirsten Chick join the CANCERTALK hosts, Senior NHS Oncologist Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly of Yes to Life, to discuss the many significant challenges faced by people with cancer during lockdown, and to explore the potential of exercise and nutrition to support resilience and wellbeing.
April 05, 2021
Introduction to CANCERTALK
Dr Penny Kechagioglou and Robin Daly describe the aims and content of the CANCERTALK podcast series.
April 02, 2021