What’s it like to have radiotherapy? Here you’ll find people talking about their diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Their stories are honest, uniquely personal and touch on what matters to all of us.

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Radiotherapy & Me aims to inspire more conversations about radiotherapy and raise awareness of radiotherapy research.

Half of cancer patients receive some form of radiotherapy, but it doesn’t seem to be talked about very often compared to other treatments. Manchester is a world-leading centre for radiotherapy and research, with researchers focusing on how to make treatment more personalised, reduce side effects and using new technologies to target cancer cells. 

Radiotherapy & Me brought patients and researchers together to share their experiences. Explore their video and audio stories by clicking the play button on the images below. You’ll find more audio stories and poems with transcripts here

  • How family and fashion got Fiz through

  • From radiotherapy to comedy

  • How Tim went from researcher to patient

  • Jackie 's portrait

    Precious Time

    Time changes as Jackie gets a new diagnosis and treatment and remembers how important people are.

  • Anthea's portrait

    Radiotherapy & Me

    Anthea, a researcher, reflects on the connections with her patients.

  • Nic's portrait

    Would this be the last time I ever heard my own voice?

    The sounds that keep Nic going through treatment.

  • Sally's portrait

    It was never on my bucket list

    Humour and honesty, Sally’s way through and back to her new self.

  • Sharon's portrait

    Cheesed Off

    The small things become big things over 25 visits.

  • Tracy's portrait

    Ripples on a Pond

    Tracy finds herself in the centre and everyone gets a hat.

Please share these stories widely and let us know what you think at #RadiotherapyAndMe 

Find out about the project and all the people involved in the storytelling workshops and events at Oldham Libraries here:

If you’ve been affected by cancer you can help people in the future by having your say in research now.  


Many thanks to Oldham Libraries, The Christie at Oldham, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, for their support.

Radiotherapy & Me is delivered by the Public Programmes Teamradiotherapy researchers from the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Centre and Contact.

Stories facilitated and edited by Nathaniel Hall
Visual Artist Jessica Loveday
Films created by Shortform

Find sources of information and support for people with cancer here.

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If you’ve been affected by cancer you can help people in the future by getting involved in research now, there are lots of different ways you can help. Get in touch with us to find out more.