The Truth of It: Patients and caregivers talk about their experiences with cancer

Watch these videos of patients and caregivers sharing feelings, perspective and advice about their different experiences with cancer

Connect with people affected by cancer through this series of unscripted videos, called The Truth of It. Learn about patients’ and caregivers’ unique experiences as well as their common threads of emotions, coping and perspective.

Watch how cancer affects so many types of people – those who are teenagers, others who are young parents or seniors, some who live in remote parts of Canada, others who live in urban centres and those who are affected by cancer more than once, or have a family history. Their approaches often differ but they are unified in their poignant emotions, their need for support and their forever-changed life perspectives.

This video series is called The Truth of It because the interviewees express their own opinions, and not necessarily those of the Partnership. The videos are listed according to themes.

Telling friends and family
Receiving a diagnosis of stage 4 melanoma and sharing the news
Coping with relapse and facing hard decisions
Personal strategy for dealing with testicular cancer
A 23-year survivor looks back on lymphoma
Setting goals during breast-cancer treatment
Asking for help during breast cancer and making life changes
Talking about breast cancer with family and friends

Talking to children
Surviving leukemia
Learning from three bouts of breast cancer
Choosing how to live with metastatic breast cancer
Coping with cancer as a young father of a newborn and toddler (French)
Talking about breast cancer with family and friends
Coping with relapse and facing hard decisions

Being your own advocate
Lung-cancer treatment is a full-time job when living remotely
Choosing how to live with metastatic breast cancer
Having cancer twice, as a child and then as a young adult
Setting goals during breast-cancer treatment
Having colorectal cancer at the age of 28

Learning about yourself
Reaction to a changed diagnosis for brain cancer
Surviving breast cancer and conquering fears
Cancer diagnosis even after proactive surgeries due to family history
Prostate cancer, recurrence and bone metastasis
A 23-year survivor looks back on lymphoma
A doctor becomes a breast-cancer patient
Understanding a family history of breast cancer

Hope and perspective
Palliative care after prostate cancer and bone metastasis
Finding new hopes with palliative care for endometrial cancer
Coping emotionally and finding gratitude with cancer at age 73
Accepting a different body and outlook after breast cancer
A physician’s perspective while receiving palliative care
Breast cancer before age 30 is life changing (French)
Only the sky is the limit after breast cancer (French)

Body image
Rediscovering purpose after tongue cancer
Accepting a different body and outlook after breast cancer
Trying to find support during treatment for breast cancer
Having cancer twice, as a child and then as a young adult
Finding normalcy as a teenager with cancer
Talking about breast cancer with family and friends

Friendship
Cooking soup to heal after Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 23
Finding balance after leukemia
Finding normalcy as a teenager with cancer
Only the sky is the limit after breast cancer (French)
Coping emotionally and finding gratitude with cancer at age 73

Fertility
Having colorectal cancer at the age of 28
Using hockey to understand leukemia treatment and dealing with recurrence
Breast cancer before age 30 is life changing (French)
Coping with rare ovarian cancer as a young adult

Living remotely
Lung-cancer treatment is a full-time job when living remotely
Receiving a diagnosis of stage 4 melanoma and sharing the news
The emotional impact of breast cancer
The emotional impact of breast cancer (Inuinnaqtun)
Travelling long distances for breast-cancer treatment
Travelling long distances for breast-cancer treatment (Inuktituk)

Work
Coping with rare ovarian cancer as a young adult
Having colorectal cancer at the age of 28
Coping with relapse and facing hard decisions
Learning from three bouts of breast cancer
Prostate cancer, recurrence and bone metastasis
Asking for help during breast cancer and making life changes
Coping with cancer as a young father of a newborn and toddler (French)

Quality of life
Living with terminal ovarian cancer
Finding new hopes with palliative care for endometrial cancer
A physician wants to die with dignity
Rediscovering purpose after tongue cancer

Caregiving
Caring for a sister with colorectal cancer
Caring for a wife and a daughter during cancer
Caring for a father with lung and brain cancer
Caregiving for 11 years during her husband’s prostate cancer
Caregiving for both parents when father learns of lung cancer
Caregiving as a teenager for a parent with terminal cancer
Seeing a negative side of yourself when caregiving for a long time
Transitioning from dating to marriage and caregiving
Getting through the hardships of caregiving
Enjoying married life after caregiving for a spouse with bladder cancer

Palliative care
Palliative care after prostate cancer and bone metastasis
Finding new hopes with palliative care for endometrial cancer
A physician’s perspective while receiving palliative care

Alternative and traditional medicine
Building a new life after cancer as a young adult
Coping with metastasized breast cancer through traditional beliefs, ceremonies and medicines
Choosing traditional First Nations medicines for breast cancer

First Nations, Inuit and Métis
Talking about breast cancer with family and friends
Understanding a family history of breast cancer
A family’s reaction to breast cancer
Trying to find support during treatment for breast cancer
Travelling long distances for breast-cancer treatment
Travelling long distances for breast-cancer treatment (Inuktituk)
Coping with metastasized breast cancer through traditional beliefs, ceremonies and medicines
Being diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy
The emotional impact of breast cancer
The emotional impact of breast cancer (Inuinnaqtun)
Choosing traditional First Nations medicines for breast cancer
Relying on community support during diagnosis and treatment
Caring for a sister with colorectal cancer
Caring for a wife and a daughter during cancer
Caring for a father with lung and brain cancer