In episode 6, the final episode of the War On Cancer podcast season 2, Leanne Pero, a multi-award winning, author, mentor, philanthropist and breast cancer survivor meets with War On Cancer app co-founders Fabian Bolin and Sebastian Hermelin to talk about culture, discrimination and cancer.
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Towards the end of 2016, just 6 months after nursing her mother through her second breast cancer diagnosis, Leanne was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She bravely underwent a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, as well as 8 grueling rounds of chemotherapy. Using her platform, this phenomenal woman shared her story to raise awareness amongst young people and the Black and Asian communities. During this time, she found comfort and healing in talking to other female cancer patients, whom she met on the hospital wards. What stood out to her was the lack of physical and emotional support being provided by the NHS, for black cancer patients. Leanne knew something had to change. Being the philanthropist that she is, in 2017, she began arranging informal peer support groups for Black and Asian female cancer patients and survivors and the charity Black Women Rising was born.
The War On Cancer podcast season 2
The War On Cancer podcast seeks to address the parts of cancer that are often not discussed in a medical or healthcare setting. With episodes exploring mental and physical health, emotional issues, relationships, diet and nutrition, and day-to-day living.
Through conversations with leading experts in the cancer space, Fabian and Sebastian aim to explore the topics that are often shied away from or overlooked. It’s a long-term disease with profound impacts upon the body and mind. War On Cancer: The Podcast aims to normalize and destigmatize the conversation of cancer.
Previous guests season 2
Season 2, Episode 1 – Meet Dr Martin Inderbitzen – coping with cancer and fighting masculinity norms
Season 2, Episode 2 – Meet Dr David Heber, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Health – covering diet and nutrition during and after cancer treatment.
Season 2, Episode 3 – Meet Fitz Koehler, M.S.E.S.S, cancer survivor, author and fitness expert – covering exercise during and after cancer treatment.
Season 2, Episode 4 – Meet Tara Donnelly, Chief Digital Officer at NHSX which leads the digital transformation of the NHS – covering the future of cancer care.
Season 2, Episode 5 – Meet Olivia Bunya, Tik Toker and youth cancer survivor – covering what it’s like to start life by experiencing cancer.
Listen in on War On Cancer podcast season 1 here
Season 1, Episode 1 – meet Fabian and Sebastian, Co-founders of the War On Cancer app.
Season 1, Episode 2 – meet Dr AmyDee Morris, oncology pharmacist and ovarian cancer survivor.
Season 1, Episode 3 – meet Dag Härdfeldt, psychologist helping people with cancer process their experience..
Season 1, Episode 4 – meet Melissa Mogor, Public Health Advisor at World Cancer Research Fund UK.
Season 1, Episode 5 – meet Dr Lisen Arnheim Dahlström, Head of Health Studies at War On Cancer app.
Season 1, Episode 6 – meet Georgie Swallow, Cancer thriver and positive mindset advocate.