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 92 - Why CBT, Hypnosis and Mindfulness Work - and No, it’s Not All in Your Head
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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
21-02-2024
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
14-02-2024
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
07-02-2024
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’
31-01-2024
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
24-01-2024
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?
17-01-2024
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
13-01-2024
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
Ep 84 - What Else? Complementary Therapies - Menopause After Cancer Crash Course Part 05
12-01-2024
Ep 84 - What Else? Complementary Therapies - Menopause After Cancer Crash Course Part 05
Considering complementary therapies can provide additional support and relief. Complementary therapies encompass a range of approaches such as acupuncture, yoga, herbal remedies, and mindfulness techniques, among others. These therapies aim to alleviate menopausal symptoms and improve overall well-being.For many cancer survivors, traditional medical interventions might not address all aspects of menopause-related issues. Complementary therapies offer holistic approaches that focus on managing symptoms, reducing stress, enhancing quality of life, and supporting emotional well-being during this transitional phase. Let’s dive in!How to check for contraindications:https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/diagnosis-treatment/symptom-management/integrative-medicine/herbs?fbclid=IwAR2TDuZ-rrRwlUVofch0gQ4ctNQH6XvzIsfCDlT55D1TGsW5kAd-VYza_SMEpisode Highlights:00:00 Intro.06:06 Complementary therapies require patient participation and may have obstacles.06:53 Seek acupuncture locally, consider herbal medication cautiously.10:52 Research herbs, seek medical herbalist help, and practice mindfulness and yoga for stress reduction.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 83 - Your Hormonal Treatments - Menopause After Cancer Crash Course Part 04
11-01-2024
Ep 83 - Your Hormonal Treatments - Menopause After Cancer Crash Course Part 04
Let’s get this straight. It is important to know exactly if hormone replacement therapy is an option for you and if not, then why not. Furthermore, we need to make a clear distinction between systemic HRT and local oestrogen therapy. It is important that all cancer patients understand their options and talk to their doctors about their symptoms.Below are the links about the safety of vaginal oestrogen that you can share with your healthcare provider:Article "A systematic review of randomised clinical trials – The safety of vaginal hormones and selective eostrogen receptor modulators for the treatment of genitourinary menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors" is now published and is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/20533691231208473By Prof. Talaulikar https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2811413The JAMA Oncology study Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro.06:37 No adverse effects from oestrogen use. JAMA study finds no increase in breast cancer mortality with vaginal oestrogen therapy.10:20 Cancer survivors should seek multiple expert opinions for personalised care.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 82 - Your Non-Hormonal Prescribable Options - Menopause After Cancer Crash Course Part 03
10-01-2024
Ep 82 - Your Non-Hormonal Prescribable Options - Menopause After Cancer Crash Course Part 03
Just because your doctor might have advised you that hormone replacement therapy might not be an option for you, this does not mean your doctor won't be able to prescribe you other medications that can help. Here is your summary of non-hormonal prescription options for managing menopause symptoms after cancer treatment which includes a variety of medications such as gabapentin, pregabalin, clonidine, oxybutynin and antidepressants like SSRIs, and SNRIs, which can help alleviate symptoms like hot flushes, mood swings, anxiety, sleep and bladder and vaginal problems. Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro.05:18 Antidepressants can help with menopausal symptoms after cancer.06:58 Antidepressant effectiveness varies; talk to your doctor.11:43 Prescribable non-hormonal vaginal options for comfort.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 81 - What’s in Your Toolkit? - Menopause After Cancer Crash Course Part 02
09-01-2024
Ep 81 - What’s in Your Toolkit? - Menopause After Cancer Crash Course Part 02
Managing menopause after cancer needs a multi-faceted two-pronged approach. With that, I mean that most likely doing one thing alone won’t be enough and that we need to be proactive ourselves AND have the support from our medical team. I see the best results when women apply these strategies. So let’s look at who that medical team is for you, how an open mindset is going to give you the best outcome and why you really must find a community with shared experiences.Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro.05:03 Consider all options, influences, and judgments.09:36 Seek to understand diverse experiences, find support, and empower oneself.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 80 - Kickstart Your 2024 with a Menopause Masterplan - Menopause After Cancer Crash Part 01
08-01-2024
Ep 80 - Kickstart Your 2024 with a Menopause Masterplan - Menopause After Cancer Crash Part 01
Welcome to the first episode of our menopause after cancer crash course! I want to sum up all the treatment options available to you in bite-sized videos so that they can give you an overview right at the beginning of the year. We will then invite lots of experts to help dive deeper int many of the topics - but an overview is helpful in knowing that we have many options!Before we start looking at solutions, we have to look at where we are at. What are your current symptoms? Join me for this symptom checker exercise.Episode Highlights:00:00 Intro.05:23 Identifying menopause symptoms and their effects.08:52 Embracing subtle changes, connecting with ourselves.10:48 Embrace uncertainty, live creatively, and tap into potential.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 79 - Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes
03-01-2024
Ep 79 - Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes
Over the past few years, I have worked with countless women who are also navigating menopause as a result of their cancer treatment or who have fewer treatment options for their menopausal symptoms because of the type of cancer they have had.And I’ve seen hundreds make the same mistakes over and over again. So I want to share them with you right at the start of 2024 so you don’t have to waste your precious energy!Let this episode be thought-provoking and explore what resonates for you.The top 5 mistakes people make are:Too much informationFailure to Communicate ClearlyNeglecting Mental Health ConcernsReluctance to Seek Second OpinionsNon-Adherence to Treatment PlansEpisode Highlights:00:00 Intro.05:55 Focus on yourself, and assess what's working for you.12:18 Women may normalise mental health symptoms, but help is crucial.15:33 Consider seeking second opinions in the medical system.22:30 Consistent lifestyle changes are key to better health.24:47 Follow advice after careful personal research.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 78 - Step into Your Power: Giving You Agency in Cancer and Beyond
27-12-2023
Ep 78 - Step into Your Power: Giving You Agency in Cancer and Beyond
We are thrilled to welcome back the incredible Dr. Annice Mukherjee. Our journey began with an episode featuring Annice discussing "Non-Hormonal Treatment Options" when we first launched, and now, we're eager for her to wrap up this year with us!Dr. Mukherjee, a breast cancer survivor, endocrinologist, and menopause expert shares invaluable insights and empowers us with the knowledge we need to embrace our own power and agency! Her firsthand experience and expertise remind us of our resilience.Self-care and stress management are often misconstrued as selfish acts, yet they are essential practices that nurture our overall well-being, particularly during times when stress levels soar. Understanding this is especially crucial when navigating menopause after cancer. Embracing self-care isn't a luxury but a well-documented approach supported by substantial evidence in lifestyle medicine. It illuminates how our daily habits — nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep quality, and social connections — profoundly impact our health outcomes.May this episode serve as the catalyst for you to step into your strength and approach 2024 with the conviction that YOU hold the power to significantly impact your own life and well-being.Dr. Mukherjee can be found here https://www.instagram.com/the.hormone.doc/Episode Highlights:00:00 Introduction09:28 Chronic stress can cause many health problems.16:32 Regulate sleep for better health, hormone balance.17:48 Avoid blue light, relax before sleep, sunlight.24:37 Regain control over your well-being and recovery.29:49 Nutrition and cancer: small changes are crucial.32:15 Lifestyle medicine: 6 pillars for healthy living.44:09 Self-care is not selfish, but necessary.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 77 - Reflecting on 2023 and Moving Forward with Intention
20-12-2023
Ep 77 - Reflecting on 2023 and Moving Forward with Intention
This might be the most powerful practice you can do ALL year!Join me for a powerful practice, one that I have done for several years myself, to get you super clear and focused on how you want to move into the new year and also feeling full of gratitude for the year you have had (even if it was a tough one!).You will need a journal or notepad and pen and a quiet space in your house.I will guide you through a series of exercises and questions which will help reflect on this past year, with the intention to give you much more clarity going forward.This is a potent practice that will support you in defining the lessons and blessings of 2023 so you can manifest an absolutely amazing 2024!Wear comfortable clothing, make yourself cosy and make sure you will be undisturbed.Episode Highlights:00:00 Introduction to prepare for a purposeful 90-minute reflection session.06:01 Reflect on 2023, milestones, highlights, and lowlights.14:10 Finding reward in work, change, and rest.21:27 2023: Did you connect to your heart?23:08 Reflect on personal growth and challenges in 2023.27:41 Acknowledging accomplishments, and support in different areas.34:12 Let go of fear, forgive, move forward.42:25 Setting boundaries to share the mental load.47:53 Affirmations for letting go and self-acceptance.50:31 Use affirmations to ground and reconnect with self.52:34 Gratitude exercise helped during challenging times.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 76 - A Therapy Session About Loss, New Identity and Finding Meaning
13-12-2023
Ep 76 - A Therapy Session About Loss, New Identity and Finding Meaning
Tune in as we talk about loss, identity and finding meaning.In the course of my podcast and broader engagements, I’ve met numerous insightful and touching individuals. However, Stella's insights in this episode resonated deeply, stirring an unexpected shift within me. Her words seemed to reach a part of me that I hadn't anticipated, prompting a profound internal change.Stella Duffy, a psychotherapist and two-time breast cancer survivor, is not only an accomplished writer with seventeen novels and multiple plays to her credit but also a dedicated advocate for inclusion throughout the UK. Having lived well over twenty years in post-menopause she has a special interest in life after the menopause transition – a conversation sadly lacking in the prevalent current discourse.This episode is special - so is Stella. Psychotherapy: stelladuffytherapy.co.ukEpisode highlights:[03:26] Stella reflects on cancer therapy and struggles.[10:51] Self-criticism and compassion, navigating life's losses.[14:01] The absurdity of gender binary and cancer positivity.[18:08] Why is nudity seen as empowering for women?[25:01] Losing mortality virginity is irreversible and impactful.[33:58] Encouraging clients to reconnect with the body.[39:51] Constant fight, anxiety, body distrust, sexual expectation.[46:29] Self-soothing by crossing your arms and hugging yourself.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 75 - From Anxiety to PTSD with Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel
06-12-2023
Ep 75 - From Anxiety to PTSD with Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel
I’ve never met a fellow cancer survivor who has not struggled with anxiety. But what is anxiety, what’s depression or maybe what you have is PTSD? Menopause on top of that can make things much worse. On today's episode, we’re discussing all the proven and evidence based strategies that can help.Our guest expert is the super knowledgable Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel, an Oxbridge-trained precision health and integrative medicine doctor with 7 degrees and over a decade’s experience in integrative healthcare and additional training in nutrition, herbal medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga, mindfulness, and other therapeutic approaches. She’s a walking oracle. We’re so lucky to get the chance to speak to her. We discuss:Is there hope in tackling anxiety?How does anxiety present in patients?The difference between anxiety and depression? How do I know what’s what?Evidenced based strategies for managing anxiety? From medication to self-soothing techniques.Let’s talk about coping with anxiety.Please follow Dr Fuller-Shavel’s socials and sign up to her newsletter which can be found here https://www.synthesisclinic.co.uk/dr-nina-fullershavelThis is the ONCIO app: https://www.oncio.org/Notes from Dr. Fuller-Shavel:GAD-7 link - please see your GP or psychologist with the score to get an additional clinical assessment and support: https://patient.info/doctor/generalised-anxiety-disorder-assessment-gad-7NICE guidelines for anxiety (general, not cancer-specific but outline treatment): https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg113/chapter/Recommendations#stepped-care-for-people-with-gadASCO therapy guideline algorithm for conventional anxiety treatment in adults with cancer (US based but very clearly outline psychological treatment options): https://old-prod.asco.org/sites/new-www.asco.org/files/content-files/practice-patients/images/2023-Anxiety-Algorithms.pdfSIO-ASCO guidelines - algorithms for integrative care of anxiety and depression symptoms in people with cancer: https://old-prod.asco.org/sites/new-www.asco.org/files/content-files/practice-and-guidelines/documents/2023-Integrative-Anxiety-Depression-Algorithms.pdfPTSD - symptom criteria (please see a professional as soon as possible if you feel these apply to you for a full psychological assessment): https://www.brainline.org/article/dsm-5-criteria-ptsdEpisode highlights:[10:39] Anxiety symptoms include panic, palpitations, and catastrophising.[15:37] Self-care and seeking external support are essential.[24:39] Psychologist recommends an integrated approach for personalised therapy.[29:27] Guideline for cancer-related anxiety and depression treatments.[33:23] Tips for managing anxiety through accessible resources.[40:08] CBD may interact with medications, caution is advised. [48:41] Trauma intervention...
Ep 74 - Why Would a Menopause Specialist Who Had Breast Cancer Take HRT?
29-11-2023
Ep 74 - Why Would a Menopause Specialist Who Had Breast Cancer Take HRT?
I am pleased to invite Dr. Corinne Menn to the show today. Dr, Menn is a certified gynaecologist, a North American Menopause Society certified menopause specialist and a breast cancer survivor herself who decided to take HRT. Dr. Menn shares her struggles of survivorship with us, talks us through her decision-making processes of over 20 years of being a cancer survivor and she tackles this controversial topic with us.We talk about: Dr. Menn’s personal journey of being diagnosed with breast cancer as a young medical student.Why tamoxifen is not a hormone blocker.Having a drug break to try for a baby.The different experiences of being on endocrine treatment. Why we don’t always make decisions based on facts alone.Why she decided that HRT was worth a try.You can find Dr. Corinne Menn here. Or here on her Instagram. Subscribe to the Menopause and Cancer YouTube Channel here.Episode Highlights:[07:35] Dr Menn paused endocrine therapy.[13:45] Tamoxifen blocks receptor stimulation, which has multiple effects.[29:15] We should focus on science, evidence; concern for survivors.[35:16] Lack of communication on treatment side effects is unacceptable.[51:14] Get informed about your breast cancer treatment.[55:57] Breast cancer survivors deserve informed decision-making.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 73 - Ever Wished HRT Was an Option For You?
22-11-2023
Ep 73 - Ever Wished HRT Was an Option For You?
Have you ever thought that going onto HRT would fix all of your problems? Well, you’re not alone, today I am joined by the fabulous Helen Addis, also known as The Titty Gritty. Helen talks us through her most stubborn menopause symptoms, how she wished HRT was an option for her and how she wished a bit of brain lube would exist! Don’t ask, when you know you know ;-)Helen has enjoyed almost 20 years in the television industry and she has created the National breast cancer awareness campaign called ‘Change And Check’, which has saved many people’s lives already.This is an uplifting and honest conversation with a wonderful women. We also discuss how continuously having to make decisions about our care can be really hard work and so Dani is reading one of her favourite poems by Safire Rose for you at the end of the podcast. It’s called “She let go”.You can find Helen here: https://www.instagram.com/thetittygritty/?hl=enThis is the link to the brain health tool Helen mentions: https://briccentre.co.uk/Episode Highlights:[04:50] Menopause affects Helen’s brain function negatively.[10:14] Breast cancer diagnosis halted Helen’s life plans.[18:02] Titty Gritty.[19:08] Change and Check.  [23:12] Performing with Alfie Boe.[25:06] Menopause awareness leads to empowerment and inspiration.[27:56] Disappointed with the menopause specialist appointment: Hoped for a life-changing answer, but none found.[39:52] Poem by Safire Rose “She Let Go”.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