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The Big C & Me

Millions of people are living with cancer. This series follows the lives of people dealing with everything from the moment of diagnosis to whatever lies beyond.

About the series

The Big C & Me follows the lives of nine people across the country living with cancer. Filmed over a year, we are with them as they, and their families, experience everything the disease has to throw at them. From that life changing moment of diagnosis, through treatment and life at home, to whatever lies beyond. Combining observational filmmaking and fixed-rig cameras in hospitals, The Big C & Me enters the world of the cancer patient in 2016.

You can find out more about this series at the BBC programme page.

Discover the range of qualifications and modules from the OU related to this programme:

OU nursing and social work graduates on their work


Anne is an Oncology Nurse at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

Watch video interviews with OU nursing and social work graduates on their work and training. 

What's it like being a nurse in the cancer field?

Anne is an Oncology Nurse at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. She tells us what her role in medical oncology and endoscopy is like and how she helps people with cancer.


Vikkie is an Endoscopy Nurse Practitioner at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

What's it like being a social worker in the cancer field?

Open University social work graduate, Deanne Yarnold-Hill, tell us in this video interview how she worked with those affected by cancer.

Meet the OU expert

Dr Chris Kubiak, Associate Head of School (Learning, Teaching and Innovation)
Dr Chris KubiakAssociate Head of School, Health, Wellbeing & Social CareVIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Chris Kubiak, Associate Head of School (Learning, Teaching and Innovation)
Dr Chris KubiakAssociate Head of School, Health, Wellbeing & Social Care

I am a senior lecturer in health and social care and Associate Head of School (Learning, Teaching and Innovation) with a particular interest in the construction of practice, practice-based learning, pedagogy and care.  I originally trained in community psychology in New Zealand.  My career has included services for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities,  volunteer-run telephone counselling and advice services and lecturing in psychology and communication studies.  I have been a full time researcher researching school-based learning networks and have also run an education and advocacy service.  I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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