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The Bigger Picture

A cancer diagnosis can be a worrying time and we want to help you through that diagnosis and beyond. What is it like having a scan? What research is going on to make cancer diagnosis better? How can we improve patients' experience of cancer diagnosis? Can we develop better treatments? Researchers from the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King's College London will help you see the bigger picture by talking about their exciting research while patients who have gone through cancer diagnosis and treatment talk about their experiences of having scans and therapy. Through talking together we can find better ways to diagnose and treat cancer, improve patients' experience of cancer diagnosis and keep you up to date with exciting developments in the field of cancer diagnosis and therapy. The podcast is funded by a grant from the Public Engagement fund in the Centre for Medical Engineering at King's College London.

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Hodgkin's Lymphoma - Getting the Bigger Picture on FDG scans and radiobiology

In the first part of this episode of The Bigger Picture, Maggie talks to Vincent Kearney about his experience of being diagnosed and treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Vincent explains how he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and the treatment that he underwent. He also gives a nice explanation of what it's like having an FDG scan in the PET centre. In the second part of the podcast, Maggie spoke to Dr Sam Terry, who works in the area of radiobiology. We find out what radiobiology is and what we might learn from Dr Terry's work to improve treatment of cancer using a different class of radioactive drugs that kill cancer cells from the inside and leaves normal tissue unharmed. There's certainly a lot to think about from both interviews and hopefully messages that we can take from them to improve the quality and impact of our research.Thanks to the Centre for Medical Engineering at King's College London for the Public Engagement funding for this podcast. 

43mins

14 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Ovarian Cancer - Getting the Bigger Picture on antibody treatment for ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer can creep up on you unexpectedly. Maxine had symptoms similar to a pre-existing condition and didn’t know that she had cancer. We talked about how she got her diagnosis, the symptoms she experienced and what had happened since that initial diagnosis.We also talk to Prof James Spicer who heads up an experimental cancer medicines unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. We discuss different types of treatment including a novel approach to using antibodies to treat ovarian cancer.Finally, we talk to Dr Francis Man about how radiolabelling the antibody that Prof Spicer is using, may allow us to better understand how the antibody is working and whether it is going to the parts of the body that we expect. The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be difficult to detect as Maxine found. Ovacome have a nice easy way to remember what to look out  for called BEAT. B is for bloating, E is for a change in eating habits, A is for abdominal pain and T is for a change in toilet habits. (https://www.ovacome.org.uk) This podcast is supported by a grant from the Public Engagement Fund in the Centre for Medical Engineering at King’s College London. 

42mins

15 Jun 2021

Rank #2

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Prostate Cancer - Getting the Bigger Picture on imaging prostate cancer

Clive was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2016. He didn’t present with classic symptoms but his PSA levels suggested a problem. We talk to Clive about his experience and how his prostate cancer was treated. We also discuss improvements in diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer – how do we detect if the cancer has returned? What improvements have been made in treating prostate cancer if it returns or has spread to other areas of the body? We talk to one of our consultants, Prof. Cook about how developments in the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences have enabled his team to diagnose recurrent prostate cancer and about new radioactive drugs that can be used to treat this cancer. We also talk to one of our scientists, Dr Jennifer Young, about how a new radioactive drug was developed in our department to image prostate cancer.This podcast is funded by a grant from the Public Engagement Fund in the Centre for Medical Engineering at King’s College London.Follow us on Twitter @BigPicPod or on Facebook /biggerpicturepodcast

38mins

12 May 2021

Rank #3

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Breast Cancer - Getting the Bigger Picture on sentinel lymph node biopsy

When Rachel found a lump in her breast she thought it probably wasn't serious, the doctor wasn't too concerned either but sent her to get it checked out. Unfortunately it turned out to be breast cancer. In this episode Maggie talks to Rachel about her experience of being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.  In particular, they talk about the sentinel lymph node biopsy and how that is key to identifying if the cancer has spread to other areas of the body.Maggie also talks with Dr Julia Blower about some exciting research going on in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences at King's College London in which scientists are trying to find a less invasive way of working out if cancer has spread to other areas of the body by combing two different types of imaging, MRI and PET.Follow us on Twitter @BigPicPod or Facebook www.facebook.com/biggerpicturepodcast or email Margaret.cooper@kcl.ac.ukThis podcast is funded by a grant from the Public Engagement team at the Centre for Medical Engineering at King's College London

34mins

13 Apr 2021

Rank #4

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An introduction to The Bigger Picture

As a scientist at the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King's College London, I'm used to looking at pictures; they're usually pictures of scans either as part of a research study or scans of patients with illnesses like cancer. But is there more to the scan than just the picture? What's the Bigger Picture behind the scan? In order to find out more, I talk with patients about their experience of cancer, of having scans and treatment for cancer, what's important to them? What could we do better? What do we need to do to improve our research?  I discuss some of the work that we are doing at King's College London with people who have experienced cancer. I also talk to scientists involved in this research to talk about the progress we are making towards helping people with cancer.  We look at the Bigger Picture behind scans and treatment for cancer, explaining things in easy to understand terms.This introductory episode sets the scene for the podcast and helps explain what it's all about.https://www.facebook.com/biggerpicturepodcast https://twitter.com/BigPicPod

9mins

26 Mar 2021

Rank #5