What I Wish I'd Known Radiotherapy - Hear from the experts Have you been told you'll be having radiotherapy or just started on it? Want to hear from the experts about what to expect and get your questions answered? We've got you covered. We know that when you're first told you'll be having radiotherapy, so many things can go through your mind and it's hard to know what to ask when you don't know enough about what to expect. It's a lot to take in. We get that you may have questions or are just feeling anxious about what to expect from your radiotherapy. That's why we're bringing you the chance to hear from two experienced therapeutic radiographers, Jo McNamara and Naman Julka-Anderson about all things radiotherapy. These two have over 20 years of experience. There's nothing they can't answer, so you can feel more prepared and relaxed. You'll also get some great guidance on radiotherapy skin care - crucial! We know each cancer experience is different. Remember some of the things you may hear you may want to bank for later or may not be right for you. We want to help you become more: Empowered to ask the right questions when talking with your medical/ oncology team during your appointments Able to seek support when you need it - don't suffer in silence if something's on your mind Aware of how important it is to be kind to your mind Connected with others who are in the same boat so you feel less alone Aware of the ways Trekstock can help you along the way Meet your expert hosts: Jo McNamara is a therapeutic radiographer, with over 20 years' experience. She is especially passionate about ensuring people get personalised care during and after treatment. She is a member of the Late Effects interest group for the Society of Radiographers and is keen to improve people's experience of radiotherapy and works to ensure patients feel more prepared for what they can do to help them. Naman Julka-Anderson has been a therapeutic radiographer since 2017, helping patients' to manage physical and psychosocial side effects of their treatment. He's passionate about compassionate care for all patients as well as equality, diversity and inclusion. He's also leading a project to look at making radiotherapy skin care more inclusive in the UK as currently guidance is tailored for patients with white skin tones. They can't wait to meet you. Meet your young adult hosts: Barnaby was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in August 2020 at 28. As part of his treatment, he received radiotherapy around the 'Pelvic region' over 7 consecutive days. "I have just turned 30 and am looking forward at the prospect picking up and resuming my life, post-pandemic and cancer wise. It feels great to be able to exercise, play sport and hang out with friends/family of whom were an integral part of my support circle. What I found most beneficial about Trekstock was being able to hear the stories from other young adults experiencing cancer, and while no one's experience is ever the same I hope by me talking about my experiences it may help someone out there." Lindsey was with a rare blood & bone cancer called multiple myeloma at 29. As part of her treatment, she received six weeks of intensive radiotherapy twice. "That’s where charity’s like Trekstock come in & really know what’s it’s like to be in that position - because you meet so many young people in the same weird place as you, trying to be brave & navigate this new world. Without charity’s like Trekstock, it would of been really difficult going through some of the worst times of my treatment, & there is always someone to turn or talk to that gets it! Giving young adults the full facts about there treatments & making sure they understand all of the ramifications is so important!" Jennifer was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer in 2020. She had to undergo a five-day short-course of radiation treatment to her pelvis. She works for a US-based cancer advocacy organisation and in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and getting out in nature for walks and bike rides. "I joined Trekstock shortly after being diagnosed on the referral of a friend and have found it to be really helpful to connect with other young people going through similar experiences. It can be really isolating as younger people, as we rarely have close friends who have been through a cancer diagnosis. I decided to participate in this event, as I feel that it's really important to raise awareness, particularly about the late effects of radiation and the unique ways in which they affect young people. I feel that my doctors were not as up front as they should have been about the side effects related to sexual health and fertility and it was left to me to press them for details and answers. I hope that by sharing my experience, others will be able to go into the experience with more knowledge and a better ability to advocate for themselves." Booking for this event has now closed.