The Menopause and Cancer Podcast

Dani Binnington

Has cancer treatment led you to early menopause? Do you feel confused about your options? This podcast hosts conversations with cancer patients, survivors and medical professionals to learn about treatments available for women with a cancer diagnosis.  I’m Dani Binnington, after breast cancer, surgery to remove my ovaries led me to early menopause, I had no idea what my treatment options were and who in my medical team could help me figure out what to do about my symptoms. I felt alone and unsupported. It took me so long to discover I had lots of options too. If only I’d known sooner! Everything I wish I’d known back then is inside these conversations - so you can make the right choices now.  These episodes are a good place to start: 1. Rethinking Tamoxifen & Aromatase Inhibitors  2. Why I decided to take HRT after an oestrogen driven cancer 2. Alcohol & Me Menopause and cancer is also a thriving community online and in real life.  Join the Facebook community to connect with women going through the same thing you are: https://www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub read less
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Ep 104 - From Loss to a New Identity with Dr. Liz O'Riordan
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Ep 104 - From Loss to a New Identity with Dr. Liz O'Riordan
I wanted to find out what it’s like, going from being a breast cancer surgeon who knew nothing about the menopause, to a breast cancer patient who was put into the menopause?Many of you will know the brilliant Dr. Liz O’Riordan who is very active on social media talking about her own experience of cancer whilst also helping educate her followers on how best to navigate a cancer journey. In today’s episode we talk about the loss of our identity and the loss of many other things that come with cancer, and we also talk about creating a new life for ourselves. A different one. Not better, sometimes not worse even. Just different. Thank you Liz for your honesty!Here are the links for Liz:Books - ‘Under The Knife’ and ‘The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer’ Instagram @oriordanlizhttps://herspirit.co.uk/virtual-swim-challenge-swim-for-her-by-zoggs/https://wewearboost.com prostheseshttps://www.unobra.co.uk/pages/our-shop - unobra bikinishttps://eno.eco/shop/ - unobra bikinisEpisode Highlights:00:00 Intro.10:54 Struggles with cancer and identity in healthcare.14:25 Chemo fog affects work and mental health.20:10 Breast cancer loss, grief, acceptance, and moving forward.22:11 Pressing tweet button changed life, garnered support.25:31 Protecting mental health by disconnecting from social media.33:47 Accepting uncertainty, striving for health amidst risk.39:36 Educate cancer patients on long-term menopause effects.42:13 Exercise reduces cancer risk and improves treatment outcomes.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram
Ep 103 - Joint Ache SOS
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Ep 103 - Joint Ache SOS
Ep 103 - Joint Ache SOSJoint ache after cancer treatment can happen for various reasons. Low oestrogen levels or side effects of medication can be the cause. Joint pain can significantly affect daily activities and diminish overall quality of life, making it challenging for you to do the things you once enjoyed doing. You might feel very frustrated that you have completed cancer treatment and now to be left with what sometimes can be a debilitating pain. We know a proportion of women even stop their endocrine treatment as the joint pain is too much to bear.Dr Melanie Hacking and Dr Susanne Hooper, both accredited Menopause Specialists registered with the British Menopause Society (BMS) from The Oxford Hormone Clinic are speaking to us to day to help us understand how we can navigate this very common symptom. We cover:Why do women get joint ache?How does chemotherapy, tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors make the situation worse?What can help? Medication? Diet? Movement? Supplements? Heat therapy? Cold therapy? Does relaxation help? Does joint pain mean arthritis?Notes from the doctors: https://www.arthritis.org/ You can find Dr. Hacking and Dr. Hooper here https://www.oxfordhormoneclinic.com/menopause-explained#cancerEpisode Highlights:00:00 Intro03:28 Discussion on joint pain in menopause and cancer.09:49 Women should communicate symptoms for improved treatment.13:21 Movement is key for well-being and mood.17:58 Low oestrogen leads to osteoporosis risk.23:52 Use cold first, then heat for inflammation.25:06 Encourage varied diet, consider supplements for nutrients.33:12 Nutrition and supplements are vital during illness.37:09 Treating joint pain in cancer survivors, the options.40:17 Survivors carry heavy self-care burden, seek recognition.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
Ep 102 - The Sexual Health Chat You Need to Hear
May 8 2024
Ep 102 - The Sexual Health Chat You Need to Hear
In this episode, Andrea Martin, a women’s health nurse practitioner helps us to take the sexual health chat to the next level.Why you really need to know about clitoral adhesions, these are like scar tissue that forms around the clitoris. Our host Dani had never heard of this before and we have spoken a lot about sexual health on our episodes here!We also talk about medical options to help with low libido. YES they exist! We had no idea! Options available like Flibanserin (Addyi), Bremelanotide (Vyleesi), Testosterone and even trying erectile dysfunction meds for the clitoris. Andrea Martin is a women’s health nurse practitioner, sexual health educator and is trained in gynaecology, urogynaecology, menopause, chronic pelvic pain and sexual medicine.You can find Andrea on Instagram @andrea.sexplains.it.allEpisode Highlights:00:00 Intro.05:26 Clitoris adhesion and issues explained.15:42 Vibrators are vital tools for women's health.19:44 Importance of addressing sexual health in relationships.22:36 Innovative technique brings joy and empowerment.24:06 Validate feelings, explore treatments, reconsider sexual options.30:54 Non-hormonal treatments. Episode mention: Ep 56 - Testosterone Therapy is Not Just for Low Libido with Dr Rebecca GlaserAbout Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
Ep 101 - Is Collagen Safe After Cancer?
May 1 2024
Ep 101 - Is Collagen Safe After Cancer?
A huge thank you to our partners Oxford Hormone Clinic for helping us get this episode out to all of you! Their support means so much to us. All their details are in the show notes below. Ever wondered if collagen is safe for you? There is a lot of talk about collagen out there and some people say it really helps them with their skin, joints and even energy levels. And then we hear stories of concern as collagen has been linked to cancer. In today’s episode, I am joined by Dr. Nina Fuller Shavel to answer this once and for all. So that we know the facts to make empowered choices for ourselves.You can find Dr. Fuller-Shavel here https://www.drninafullershavel.com/Her new book “Integrative Oncology in Breast Cancer Care’ can be found HERE.Download your FREE Getting Started Guide here: https://menopauseandcancer.org/getting-started-guide/Episode highlights:00:00 Intro04:53 Collagen benefits for joint and skin health.08:04 Long-term safety unknown; worth trialling cautiously.10:08 Vegan supplements may support collagen, but unproven.16:06 Dietary amino acids impact collagen production differently.17:11 Taking collagen during cancer treatment, consult your doctor.24:42 Diverse toolkit for joint health including Rosehip.27:41 Empowerment comes from variety.Thank you to our sponsors of this episode: https://www.oxfordhormoneclinic.com/The team at The Oxford Hormone Clinic are passionate in helping people with a history of cancer. They are a holistic clinic focusing on informed choice regarding all aspects of menopause care; from lifestyle advice, over the counter supplements, to Body Identical Hormone replacement, always based upon British Menopause Society (BMS) and NICE guidelines.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group:
Episode 100! Celebrating Milestones with Our Inspiring Community
Apr 24 2024
Episode 100! Celebrating Milestones with Our Inspiring Community
Episode 100 is a special celebration, and this time, it's all about you! We're flipping the script, as Dani takes a turn in the hot seat and gets interviewed by one of the remarkable women who work tirelessly to bring this show to you every week. Tune in for heartfelt messages from our community, candid discussions about the podcast's behind-the-scenes, and reflections on what it means for us to reach this milestone together.If you’re thinking of doing your own podcast, I’d say DO IT! You can contact Phoebe here https://winteraudio.co.uk/Download your FREE Getting Started Guide here: https://menopauseandcancer.org/getting-started-guide/Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro00:56 Celebrating 100 episodes of Menopause and Cancer.07:17 Celebrating success, journey, reflection, encouragement, life stages.12:18 Voice note from Rachel.14:39 Passionate networker celebrating human stories and connections.19:34 Voice note from Terri.21:37 Cancer impact lingers, support available for life.28:43 Voice note from Susie.31:57 Passionate about work, excited about projects. Creating change.37:33 Cook together, enjoy socialising with friends.41:49 Voice note from Siobhan About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
Ep 99 - Our Silver Linings Beyond Cancer
Apr 17 2024
Ep 99 - Our Silver Linings Beyond Cancer
Finding our silver linings can be tough when we are navigating menopause after cancer, and it involves acknowledging the existence of challenges or hardships while actively seeking and appreciating the positive aspects that may arise from those experiences. Today, on the show I am inviting my husband Tim to talk to us and we will remember our silver linings in all those years of navigating cancer survivorship. We had so many positive experiences happen to us because of cancer, even though both of our careers changed completely - and of course, we talk you through what happened on Dragons’ Den!You can find Tim’s invention here: https://www.mantahair.com/ and the discount code is: MC20Download your FREE Getting Started Guide here: https://menopauseandcancer.org/getting-started-guide/Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro04:36 Overcoming anxiety and overwhelm through exercise and focus.07:38 Focused on well-being during cancer treatment16:23 Where the Manta hairbrush came from.17:50 Early dedication and investment in a business venture surprises the family.22:04 Lack of oestrogen affects hair.25:33 Going on Dragons' Den.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
Ep 98 - Genomic Testing for Personalised Menopause Care?
Apr 10 2024
Ep 98 - Genomic Testing for Personalised Menopause Care?
What role does genomic testing play in promoting better health? While many are familiar with genetic tests like the BRCA mutation test, there's a growing trend towards testing for overall health improvement and personalisation of care. However, the question arises: is this approach advisable?Online services now offer tests where individuals swab the inside of their cheeks, but what happens next with the results? The surge in glucose testing is notable, but discussions increasingly focus on personalised genetic tests such as genomic testing. These tests provide insights into how our biology functions and how we can leverage this information to positively impact and enhance our health. From how we metabolise oestrogen to why some of us are better sleepers than others - is it all in our genes?In today’s episode, I speak to cancer survivor, nutritional scientist and integrative oncology practitioner Toral Shah. We talk personal experiences and Toral will share with you how genomic testing can help you better understand your biology.You can find out more about Toral  here: https://www.theurbankitchen.co.uk/ Here is the link to LifecodeGX https://www.lifecodegx.com/ and they share more information about the genomic testing. You cannot book directly but through a practitioner.Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro05:58 Genetic code influences our health, individual variations.07:52 Genetic testing, cancer risk, and epigenetic discussed.11:08 Genetic mutation has an impact on family and potentially daughters.13:50 Testing glucose responses to different foods is important.22:31 Genetic testing reveals family's shared cancer risk.28:52 Genomic testing requires practitioner input, diversity needed.31:17 We need genetic counselling in healthcare settings.34:16 Cancer diagnosis can be a transformative moment.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.
Ep 97 - Doing it Your way: Testosterone After 2 x Breast Cancer
Apr 3 2024
Ep 97 - Doing it Your way: Testosterone After 2 x Breast Cancer
We're thrilled to have Ursula join us to share her remarkable story. In our conversation, we delve into topics like peri-menopause, cancer, and the use of testosterone-only therapy for individuals with oestrogen-positive cancer.Each of us embarks on a unique journey, especially in post-treatment and menopausal survivorship care, where experiences vary despite similar diagnoses and treatments. Our follow-up care, access to healthcare professionals, worries, and desires differ, shaping individual pathways.The question arises: do you trust your instincts? Do you pursue what feels right for you?Please note this episode does not give medical advice, but highlights one story and that is tat of Ursula’s.Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro07:36 Ursula summarises her breast cancer treatments.15:53 Facing second cancer diagnosis, opted for mastectomy.19:45 Physical recovery took time, prioritised quality of life.24:49 Seeking help for menopause symptoms, including pain.27:33 Testosterone gel prescription 28:25 Low oestrogen levels, important for bone health.34:21 Gratitude for sharing unique cancer experiences.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
Ep 96 - Why Lube Alone is Not Enough! Sexual health After Cancer
Mar 27 2024
Ep 96 - Why Lube Alone is Not Enough! Sexual health After Cancer
Sexual health after a cancer diagnosis is complex and it’s not enough to purely address our physical symptoms. The brilliant medical oncologist Dr. Laila Agrawal from the US, joins us for this episode where we embark on understanding the complexity of emotional, physical and social changes that affect our sex lives.And of course, we talk about what your options are and why we need to create the book club we never knew we needed! We talk: Zero libidoBody confidenceHow to treat symptomsVaginal oestrogen after breast cancer - new guidanceSexy stories And so much more.You can find Dr. Agrawal here: https://providers.nortonhealthcare.com/provider/Laila+S+Agrawal/466429This is her informative Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drlailaagrawal/For perhaps your first ever women’s erotic story go here: https://meetrosy.com/eroticaA large group of high-quality studies show that vaginal oestrogen is safe for breast cancer survivors even those on Aromatase Inhibitors.Here is the Guidance:https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2811413https://www.acog.org/news/news-releases/2016/02/acog-supports-the-use-of-estrogen-for-breast-cancer-survivorshttps://ascopubs.org/doi/10.1200/JCO.2017.75.8995https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20533691231208473Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro07:06 Low rate of women reporting sexual health issues.11:54 Breast cancer treatments may worsen vaginal symptoms.15:18 Recommended hyaluronic acid vaginal products.23:09 Guidelines support vaginal hormones for breast cancer.31:18 Vaginal dilator helps with pelvic muscle discomfort.36:17 Knowing your sexual goals is important for health.41:05 Chemotherapy and medications can affect libido desire.44:42 Planning builds anticipation, connection, and pleasure.48:23 Rediscovering pleasure, connecting with partner, sex therapy.51:28 Body image and cancer's impact on self-esteem.01:00:01 Explore sexy stories to spice up libido.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can...
Ep 95 - Beyond the Mind: Healing with Hypnotherapy
Mar 20 2024
Ep 95 - Beyond the Mind: Healing with Hypnotherapy
Do you also have that picture in your mind that hypnotherapy is people behaving like chickens? Yep! Me too! So, I want to find out how hypnotherapy can benefit a cancer survivor's life when menopause has added a layer of insult to your experience.I am delighted to welcome Debbie Pugh onto the show. Debbie is a hypnotherapist and master coach and has much wisdom and healing to offer. This episode talks about the benefits of hypnotherapy but also addresses healing as a non-linear process.Debbie works at a cancer charity in Cambridge https://www.cambridgecancerhelp.org/ and can be found here as well.https://www.sunbeamcoaching.uk/We want to thank our partners https://mpowder.store/ for helping us get this episode out to all of you! Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro06:04 Not everyone can be hypnotised.09:45 In therapy, planting ideas in the unconscious mind.20:02 Childhood coping strategies persist in adulthood behaviours.21:23 Struggle with a sense of disconnect, amplified trauma.25:24 Volunteers compiling UK's only cancer charity database.27:33 Sought support from friends when Debbie’s son was going through cancer treatment.31:37 Adapting strategies for coping and self-care.33:48 Hypnotherapy helps address sleep issues and emotional healing.37:32 Permission to acknowledge feelings, spoken or written.44:33 Dani reads a poem.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Mentioned in this episode:https://mpowder.store/
Ep 94 - Strong Foundations: The Power of Your Pelvic Floor Health
Mar 13 2024
Ep 94 - Strong Foundations: The Power of Your Pelvic Floor Health
In today’s episode our guest Sarah Marsh, expert women’s health physio for cancer patients, is telling us her number 1 top tip in how you can support your pelvic health and pelvic floor. And NO - it’s not all squeeze squeeze squeeze!Sarah tells us about the important role a women’s health therapist plays in assessing and treating conditions related to the pelvis and pelvic floor in women. We talk about what you can do and where you can get help.This is not only an informative episode, but we also laugh and share honestly - it’s not an easy topic to talk about, many of us feel shy in talking about it, but together we’ll get there!The NHS approved free app to help with pelvic floor issues is here for you https://squeezyapp.com/There is more info about Sarah here www.sarahmarsh.coAnd for our online meet-up that I mention look here for dates and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/menopause-and-cancer-72544601233 We want to thank our partners https://mpowder.store/ for helping us get this episode out to all of you!Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro13:08 Exercises for pelvic floor health importance explained.15:04 Exhale to engage pelvic floor for better function.19:51 Radiotherapy side effects can be managed non-invasively.21:35 Pelvic health physio shortage affects patient care.24:01 New habits take 6-12 weeks to form.27:24 Sitting technique to improve posture and movement.37:48 Check pelvic floor, question norms, seek help.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub Mentioned in this episode:https://mpowder.store/
Ep 93 - The Fascinating History of Women’s Hormonal Health
Mar 6 2024
Ep 93 - The Fascinating History of Women’s Hormonal Health
We are thrilled to engage in a conversation with the remarkable breast oncologist, Dr Elizabeth Comen, hailing from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the US. Our focus is on unravelling the intricate history of women's hormones, as we embark on a journey to comprehend the missteps along the way.“The history of women’s healthcare is a story in which women themselves have too often been voiceless—a narrative instead written from the perspective of men who styled themselves as authorities on the female of the species, yet uninformed by women’s own voices, thoughts, fears, pain and experiences. The result is a cultural and societal legacy that continues to shape the (mis)treatment and care of women”, writes Dr Comen.“All in Her Head” is Dr Comen’s new book and wow - This book will upend everything you thought you knew about your body while empowering you to make better decisions moving forward. I can highly recommend it!Buy the book here now: https://www.drelizabethcomen.com/bookThere is more information on Dr Comen here https://www.drelizabethcomen.com/JOIN US IN LEEDS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/menopause-and-cancer-72544601233 We want to thank our partners https://mpowder.store/ for helping us get this episode out to all of you!Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro07:11 Women's underrepresentation and the impact of gender.08:20 Hormones influence men and women differently.16:04 Insufficient hormone studies for triple-negative breast cancer.22:53 Medical education neglects women's sexual health needs.26:53 Doctors must balance medical precision with empathy.31:58 Ethical challenges in cancer care35:44 Biology and fear for cancer survivors' future.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group:
Ep 92 - Why CBT, Hypnosis and Mindfulness Work - and No, it’s Not All in Your Head
Feb 28 2024
Ep 92 - Why CBT, Hypnosis and Mindfulness Work - and No, it’s Not All in Your Head
In today's episode, our goal is to help you understand the full spectrum of treatment options available, including guideline-supported non-pharmaceutical therapies, for holistic menopause care following cancer.Dr. Shelley Latte is a faculty member of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, where they research and apply evidence-based complementary treatments to support cancer patients and survivors. As the director of mind-body medicine, Shelley is interested in applications of mindfulness, hypnosis, CBT for symptom management of hot flushes, fatigue, chronic pain and insomnia. And we are going to back every treatment modality up with science and facts so that your treatment can be guided by your personal preference and also with the evidence you need to make an informed decision. https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/doctors/shelly-latte-naorEvia Menopause app: https://www.eviamenopause.com/ We want to thank our partners https://mpowder.store/ for helping us get this episode out to all of you! Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro05:28 People seeking alternative treatments face barriers.07:39 Cancer survivors may feel pressure to overachieve.17:34 Comprehensive symptom assessment, lifestyle, labs, symptom improvement.20:28 Cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia.24:01 Guided integrative plan makes health goals easier.28:31 Hypnotherapy uses imagination for symptom relief.31:19 Anchoring wellbeing through visualisation and yoga practice.33:57 Acupuncture can be effective.38:55 Finding sustainable exercise strategy despite treatment effects.40:32 Herbs may not replace tamoxifen for cancer.52:46 Reflecting on past experiences, seeking new approaches.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub Mentioned
Ep 91 - The Truth About Weight Loss: Separating Myths from Effective Strategies
Feb 21 2024
Ep 91 - The Truth About Weight Loss: Separating Myths from Effective Strategies
The combination of hormonal changes, metabolic alterations, muscle loss, fatigue, emotional factors, and medication side effects can make weight loss a significant challenge for women in menopause after cancer treatment. It can feel so depressing when after everything you have been through, the weight is piling on despite your best efforts.In today’s episode, the brilliant registered dietician Nigel Denby will talk us through the truth about weight loss. We will bust some common myths and share effective strategies with you that are proven to work. For more information about Nigel and his work please visit: https://www.harleystathome.com/We want to thank our partners https://mpowder.store/ for helping us get this episode out to all of you!Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro09:15 Prepare, commit, time is crucial for women's health awareness.12:59 Identify changes, take charge, and learn from mistakes.22:20 Misleading marketing in health and wellness trends.23:12 Tracking blood sugar is not necessarily beneficial for diet.28:14 Eat vegetables, watch portion sizes, and eat mindfully.31:51 Focus on putting goodness into ourselves daily.33:06 Plan and be organised.37:33 Cooking with a minimum of 6 ingredients for variety.40:24 Fasting's role in weight loss and health.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub Mentioned in this episode:Here is a link to MPowder: https://mpowder.store/
Ep 90 - Are Turmeric, Ashwagandha, Red Clover and Soy Supplements Safe After Cancer
Feb 14 2024
Ep 90 - Are Turmeric, Ashwagandha, Red Clover and Soy Supplements Safe After Cancer
Most of the time when you look for information about which herbal supplements might be useful in helping with symptoms for menopause after cancer, the advice is “Caution - there might be contraindications”! Additionally, 100% of all the people who responded to our survey on social media said they were worried about contraindications and the safety of herbal supplements. In today's conversation, we want to find out what is safe and what is not safe for those affected by cancer. Turmeric, ashwagandha, red clover and soy supplements can have a positive effect but we want to know who needs to stay away from them.I am delighted to get to the bottom of this with Dr. Vera Martins who is a naturopath and herbalist with a PhD in cancer biology and Rebekah Brown, founder of co-community MPowder, a company dedicated to providing insight as well as innovation to ensure we can all ‘meno-well’.We will look at what we know - what we don’t know and make sense of what that might mean for you.This is the resource we have put together for you with all the studies and data we mentioned in this conversation: https://mpowder.store/pages/cancer-and-menopauseYou can also find a Cancer Booklet which you can download as a PDF.It’s a great resource!Share it widely!Here is a link to MPowder https://mpowder.store/ Do your research, support yourself and be curious! And as Rebekah says, be cynical :-)This is another useful resource for you: https://menopauseandcancer.org/herbal-medicine-for-menopause-after-cancer-current-research/Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro12:34 Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, boosts mood, researched, possible contraindications.21:29 Ashwagandha research shows benefits for menopausal symptoms.27:26 Menopause journey led to embracing lifestyle interventions.32:39 Naturopath as health partner with diverse tools.38:52 Limited research on soy and red clover.43:16 Frustration and hope for supplement regulations.49:35 Antioxidants can help, but be cautious.57:20 Consistency and whole food for health support.01:00:21 Consider turmeric, ashwagandha, red clover, whole food supplement.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org ...
Ep 89 - Mindful Journeys: Steering Cancer to the Back Seat with Ria Ingleby
Feb 7 2024
Ep 89 - Mindful Journeys: Steering Cancer to the Back Seat with Ria Ingleby
Are you curious about reclaiming control while navigating menopause post-cancer? Tune into this insightful conversation for guidance on getting started. Ria Ingleby is a cancer survivor and senior leadership coach, qualified holistic health coach and a trained mindfulness meditation and yoga teacher and she is here to share with us how you can start to figure out what your next steps to recovery and healing could be. Ria also shares with us what it’s like to navigate a less common cancer, womb cancer, in her early 30s and how no one in her medical team prepared her for surgical menopause!Find Ria here https://www.linkedin.com/in/riaingleby/?originalSubdomain=uk and here on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/riaingleby/Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro07:28 Navigating cancer, impacting lives of loved ones.12:37 Ria experiences unexpected symptoms, identifies menopause.25:00 Taking hormone replacement therapy.27:30 Ria’s second cancer diagnosis.33:57 Embracing chemotherapy drugs for a sense of hope.36:56 Explored breath work, psychedelics, and inner discovery. 43:50 Empowered Menopause program shifts questions over time.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
Ep 88 - Mindful Sobriety: Reflecting on Your Relationship with Alcohol Beyond 'Dry January’
Jan 31 2024
Ep 88 - Mindful Sobriety: Reflecting on Your Relationship with Alcohol Beyond 'Dry January’
If you want to change your drinking behaviour or not - this is a must-listen! You’ll learn a lot about yourself - for sure!Have you thought that you should drink less alcohol? Are people around you talking about doing dry January? Are you worried about the risks of alcohol and cancer? Maybe you don’t drink much but feel guilty even if you have a glass or two. And of course, the social impact is huge! It’s not easy to turn up to parties just sipping away on a bit of sparkling water - initially anyway.I’m so delighted to have invited sobriety coach and podcaster Danni Carr onto the show to talk us through what is going on and how we could make changes if we want to.This is a non-judgemental conversation with a compassionate coach. Here is more info about Danni https://www.iquitalcohol.com.au/pages/aboutAnd her brilliant podcast “How I quit alcohol” is here: https://www.iquitalcohol.com.au/pages/podcastEpisode Highlights:00:00 Intro06:45 Using old habits for momentary comfort.09:51 Struggled with alcohol, quit for 6 years.17:41 Moment of clarity led to life change.21:39 Avoid alcohol for long-term well-being and comfort.24:00 Prioritising self-care for better habits and wellness.27:26 Healthier alternatives for moderate alcohol consumption shift.30:40 Grateful for sobriety, seeing the benefits.38:12 Deep breathing reduces stress, improves decision-making.45:57 Let go of negative mindset for change.47:35 Pros and cons of drinking and quitting.52:30 Make a mocktail with Dani.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub
Ep 87 - An Oncologist’s  Top Tips For a Better Menopause Experience
Jan 24 2024
Ep 87 - An Oncologist’s Top Tips For a Better Menopause Experience
Consultant oncologist Dr Nabil Elmahdawi shares with us his number 1 top tip in how he thinks we could all improve our menopause experience post-cancer. We are the change makers in our menopause movement - we have to work together, doctors, patients and healthcare providers. I promise you will be able to make this a more supported, better informed and positive experience for ourselves and others. Right at the end I am sharing a poem and I want to share it with you here as well:You my friend, you are the change-makerAmidst the trials, in the face of strife,Stands a woman, the change-maker in life.Her bravery soars, a beacon of might,In the realm of health, she ignites the light.She walks through the storms, undeterred, unafraid,With passion and courage, her path she has laid.Fighting for wellness, in every stride,For women's health, she stands with pride.Her voice resonates, breaking barriers tall,Championing change, she answers the call.For those unheard, she lends her grace,Their stories and struggles she boldly will embrace.She's the hero we need, her actions profound,Revolutionising health, turning it around.With each step she takes, a difference she makes,Her bravery and strength, the world awakes.Let's hail these women, their valour we acclaim,In their quest for health, they etch their name.For change-makers, brave and true,Women's health thrives, because of you.Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro06:20 NHS struggles to address cancer survivor needs.09:26 Guidelines focus on addressing cancer survivor issues.12:42 Clinicians rely on emerging publications for guidance.19:48 Chronic, untreatable condition with far-reaching impacts.22:46 Navigating cancer treatment conversations with doctors effectively.26:53 Advocating for timely access to life-saving treatment.31:48 Facial aesthetics can improve psychological well-being.35:02 Navigating spiritual and self-care changes positively.38:35 Formal guidelines for cancer survivors to enjoy life.41:23 ‘You my friend, you are the change-maker’ poem read by Dani About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group:
Ep 86 - What Does Science Say About Fasting After Cancer?
Jan 17 2024
Ep 86 - What Does Science Say About Fasting After Cancer?
There are so many conversations about the benefits of fasting - but what does that mean for someone after cancer? Is there any data to support that fasting has a benefit on someone’s overall health, menopausal symptoms or even better, cancer survival rates?In today’s episode, I speak to cancer survivor, nutritional scientist and integrative oncology practitioner Toral Shah. Toral will dive deep into the understanding of metabolic health, insulin resistance and how that links us back to fasting.Attached are the scientific papers we mentioned in the conversation and a link to Toral’s course:Fasting and chemo:https://oncologypro.esmo.org/meeting-resources/esmo-congress/effects-of-short-term-fasting-on-quality-of-life-as-an-add-on-option-during-chemotherapy#:~:text=Growing%20pre%2D%20and%20clinical%20evidence,reducing%20toxicity%20and%20adverse%20effects.Fasting and cancer:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6938162/#:~:text=At%20the%20molecular%20level%2C%20fasting,%2C29%2C56%2C124.Integrative breast cancer course: https://www.theurbankitchen.co.uk/courses Episode Highlights:00:00 Introduction08:02 Fasting benefits explained.12:19 Challenges women face with menopause and periods.15:45 Metabolic health is defined by 5 key markers.22:21 Menopausal insulin resistance leads to weight gain.23:25 Postmenopausal body struggles with metabolic health, fasting.31:22 Fasting reduces breast cancer risk, and promotes health.39:18 Intermittent fasting benefits gut health and repair.43:21 Body health beyond appearance: focus on essentials.47:26 Fasting may improve cancer treatment and outcomes.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group:
Ep 85 - You are Powerful: Nurturing Your Physical and Mental Health - Menopause After Cancer Crash Course Part 06
Jan 13 2024
Ep 85 - You are Powerful: Nurturing Your Physical and Mental Health - Menopause After Cancer Crash Course Part 06
Your actions and your daily habits are immensely powerful. Let’s talk about avoiding triggers, getting to know ourselves a little better, and the role of diet and exercise. I am not going to tell you how and what to eat or how to move, instead, we are going to explore what new micro-changes you can make to get the benefit we seek.Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro.06:50 Identifying stress triggers and developing routines to reduce anxiety.10:10 Consistency with exercise is important for health, especially for cancer survivors.15:52 90-second Instagram reels oversimplify health advice.20:04 Focus on optimising one meal for 2 months, such as breakfast, for a significant impact on diet. 24:00 Start with small changes, like preparing snack bowls for better eating habits. Avoid spending on new recipes or fancy ingredients.30:07 Reduce stress with 10-minute daily meditation.About Dani:The Menopause and Cancer Podcast is hosted by Dani Binnington, menopause guide, patients advocate for people in menopause after a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the online platform Healthy Whole Me. There is lots of information out there about the menopause but hardly any if you have had a cancer diagnosis as well. Many people say to me they have no idea what their options are, who to ask for help, and that they feel really isolated in their experiences. I started this podcast because there was nothing out there when I was thrown into surgical menopause at the age of 39, which followed on from my cancer diagnosis aged 33.Through the episodes, I want to create more awareness, share information from our fabulous guest experts, doctors and other specialists in the cancer and menopause field. And of course, I will share stories from the people in our community.So that together we can work towards a better menopause experience. For all of us.More educated, better informed and less alone.Connect with us:For more information and resources visit our website: www.menopauseandcancer.org Or follow us on Instagram @menopause_and_cancerJoin our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/menopauseandcancerchathub