The Cancer Hive


It is a magazine published quarterly and co-produced by the cancer community.

The aim is to help change the conversations around cancer, making it more of an open and honest subject and less of a taboo, but also to provide support to those who are living with it.

It centres around stories, thoughts and comment, told through written narratives or visual arts, to make it more inclusive and accessible for everyone.

When a person gets diagnosed with cancer – when cancer comes crashing into their lives – finding an anchor to hold on is key to keeping them afloat whilst they try to make sense of their world. We want The Cancer Hive to be a part of that anchor.



Having cancer can change a life, a self identity, a meaning. Sharing experiences, stories and thoughts with people who have been down, or are heading down, a similar path can have a powerful positive impact. It can help people navigate through a difficult time and help make sense of world that has become challenging.

The Cancer Hive is for anyone who has been affected by cancer.


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Translating collected experiences and stories into artistic pieces can remove cultural, language or educational barriers to enable experiences to be shared and understood.

Examples of artwork created by Emma Swinhoe and Hazel Nicholls.