Popular oncology podcast @Rad_Chat announced as media partner for #Miles4Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy UK and  @Rad__Chat will be joining forces for this year’s #Miles4Radiotherapy!

The award-winning oncology podcast and hosts Jo McNamara and Naman Julka-Anderson will be the first ever media partners of the popular annual summer fundraiser.

This year’s #Miles4Radiotherapy, which opens for registration on Wednesday, May 1, will be fundraising for our #CatchUpWithCancer campaign. The campaign is the longest and loudest response to the UK’s cancer crisis, with around 4 in 10 people waiting too long for treatment.  To date, more than 600,000 people have backed the campaign by signing its petition.

Living with, and beyond cancer

Rad Chat logo with headshots of Jo and Naman. The rad chat sign is yellow, red and black.Jo McNamara, senior lecturer and therapeutic radiographer, said: “Regular exercise is so important for healthcare professionals and cancer patients alike. For healthcare professionals, staying active not only fosters physical wellness, but also enhances mental resilience, vital for managing our clinical demands.

“For anyone living with and beyond cancer, exercise is proven to complement treatment, improving mental health, reducing treatment side effects, and enhancing overall quality of life.

“By supporting #Miles4Radiotherapy, we advocate for the power of movement: join us in taking steps towards a healthier future for all, whilst helping to raise money for this amazing charity, Radiotherapy UK.”

Naman Julka-Anderson, senior therapeutic radiographer, said: “I love taking part in the #Miles4Radiotherapy challenge and getting as many miles in as possible; all in the name of raising the profile of radiotherapy as a vital treatment modality for people living with and beyond cancer. I had the amazing opportunity in 2023 to raise money for Radiotherapy UK while training and completing a full distance Ironman triathlon! It’s such a fun event – bringing anyone and everyone together from across the UK.”

Set your own goals

The aim for the summer challenge is to welcome the entire radiotherapy community – patients and professionals – to set their own goal to get active this summer and raise money for a good cause on the way.

Participants can choose how they move and how far: from a gentle five-minute walk to a mega marathon, the aim is to support each other as we take on goals that work for us and our circumstances.

Everyone taking part will get a welcome pack and snazzy multifunctional bandana: and a Thank You lanyard at the end of the event.

@Rad__Chat is the multi-award winning, first therapeutic radiographer led oncology podcast, designed for cancer patients, healthcare professionals, academics, and researchers. Naman Julka-Anderson and Jo McNamara are both therapeutic radiographers who have unique backgrounds, bringing specialist knowledge and skills to the conversation.

Their guests include cancer patients, healthcare professionals, researchers, and leaders within healthcare. Rad Chat won the European Federation of Radiological Societies patient-centered care award for Europe in 2022, the regional and overall, UK team of the year 2022 from the Society of Radiographers, Naman won London and overall, UK radiographer of the year 2022 and Jo won Yorkshire and North Trent Radiographer of the Year 2023.


Sarah Quinlan MBE, director of Radiotherapy UK, said: “We have a brilliant, long running partnership with Jo and Naman from Rad Chat, not least because they are both very active Ambassadors for Radiotherapy UK.

“Rad Chat has gone from strength to strength in the last year and we are delighted to work together and welcome listeners to come and join us for a summer of making memories, caring for our mental health by getting active however we can, and supporting the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign.”

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