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.


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.

Having A Meaningful Conversation - How It Can Help

Our colleagues in the Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme for South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw have produced a video about how a meaningful conversation can help those affected by cancer to find care and support that is tailored to their individual needs. Hear Peter, Karina, Nicola and Tracey talk about what the meaniningful conversation meant for them.

A Carer's Perspective - Jonathan's Story

Carers still need support after their loved one is no longer around - perhaps even more so. Read Jonathan's experience of caring for his partner, Barry.

My own personal cancer patient story

So far, our Cancer Alliance has held two stakeholder events to develop a shared understanding of progress made so far, and how we can work more effectively together as a partnership to achieve our transformation ambitions.

We asked a number of patients who attended our second stakeholder event to tell us what they think went well with their cancer care and treatment - and how they think things can be improved, based on their experience.

Sara Williamson's Story

Sara’s breast cancer treatment journey has been far from straightforward. She understands the importance of support networks and creating positivity for patients who are going through and beyond treatment. She now volunteers and gives her time to help others to overcome their fears and to get the help with the simple things that can make a huge difference to their lives.