Each person whose life has been affected by cancer has a different story to tell.

We need to listen and learn from their experiences if we are to achieve our ambition of wrapping services around each individual patient and of ensuring that patient experience is taken as seriously as the clinical effectiveness of their care and treatment.

Scroll down to read, hear and view the personal stories told to us by patients and carers. Our thanks to those who have been willing to share.

Jacqui's Story

Jacqui is living with stage 4, incurable malignant melanoma and had her right lung removed five years ago. She continues to live life to the full, and is backing the Help Us Help You campaign to encourage anyone concerned about signs and symptoms that may be cancer to seek advice from their GP. The NHS is still here to help during Covid.

Mammograms, Mysteries and Myths: Heather's Story

Monitored patient Heather Parker writes about her positive experience of breast screening, and the importance of attending for your mammogram appointment.

Don’t Just Sit On Your Symptoms – Act Now!

Here Lynne shares her experience of diagnostic surgery during COVID-19 and urges anyone concerned about possible cancer to contact their GP practice for advice

Richard and Sara Join Cancer Improvement Collaborative

A new way of working together, breaking down organisational barriers and taking a whole-system approach to enhancing patient experience through improving cancer waiting time performance, has been launched in West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Richard, Sara and other members of the Cancer Alliance community patient panel are ensuring the patient voice is right at the heart of this work.

Hannah's Story

​Few women actively look forward to their routine mammogram or cervical screening test, but
for Hannah - a survivor of sexual violence - the fear and apprehension associated with these and indeed any kind of medical appointment is much worse than for many other women and men. Hannah shares her story to help other survivors and to help health professionals tailor their services more effectively.

Anna and Rob - Facing Cancer Together

Anna and Rob tell how her cancer diagnosis not only turned life upside down, but also turned the tables and made their relationship even stronger…..

Val's Story

Ovarian cancer isn’t a silent killer – it whispers. You have to listen carefully, says Val.

Gill's Story

Gill described attending a post-treatment health and wellbeing event as 'the most empowering experience of my life'. Now she's taking on a new challenge.....

Jane's Journey To Improved Health and Fitness

Jane Mullins is nowhere near the woman she used to be before her cancer diagnosis – but she’s delighted about it!.....

Phil's Story

Phil Kelly was the first patient voice representative on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance Board and is a Trustee of Action Bladder Cancer UK. Read his experience of bladder cancer care and treatment.