BBC newsreader hosts Bowel Cancer UK podcasts

Newsreader George Alagiah is hosting a series of podcasts this month for Bowel Cancer UK, speaking to experts and discussing his own experience of the disease.

Joe Lepper | 12th Apr 19
George Alagiah with Matthew Wiltshire and Bowel Cancer UK CEO Deborah Alsina.

Bowel Cancer UK has launched a podcast series featuring BBC journalist George Alagiah, who has undergone treatment for this form of cancer.

The podcast In Conversation With George Alagiah: A Bowl Cancer UK podcast features the newsreader and others speaking about their experience of the disease.

The first episode launched this week and involves Alagiah speaking with Matthew Wiltshire, who has stage four bowel cancer, and the charity’s Chief Executive Deborah Alsina.

The episode sees the newsreader and Matthew talk candidly about their diagnosis, treatment, side effects and plans for the future.

Meanwhile, Alsina explains what a stage four bowel cancer diagnosis is and the treatement options available. She also details the charity’s work to improve access to treatment and the quality of life for those with a diagnosis.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The podcast has been launched to coincide with Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

“We’re so incredibly grateful to George for hosting our first series of podcasts to raise awareness of the disease during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, said Alsina.

“Our podcasts forms part of our #thisisbowelcancer campaign, which aims to shine a light on the varied and many people affected by the disease.

“Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. But these podcasts emphasise that it doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed. It affects families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers. That’s millions of people right across the UK.

“We want everyone affected by bowel cancer to come together and take action to help create a future where nobody dies of the disease.”

Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer and second biggest cancer killer with more than 16,000 people dying from the disease every year. The charity adds that bowel cancer is treateable and curable especially if diagnosed early.

Further editions of the podcast will feature interviews with Andrea Robson, on managing a stoma, and Stacey Heale on caring for a loved one with bowel cancer.