Radiation Reveal: moving from research engagement to involvement.

Lisa Whittaker, Jamie Dean, Catarina Veiga, Sophie Langdon, Rebecca Drake, Daniel Taylor, Myfanwy-Cerys Williams, Mark Gaze, Jenny Gains, Bella Spencer, Alice Taylor-Gee, Samantha Terry

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Here, we report on the process of a highly impactful and successful creative, collaborative, and multi-partner public engagement project, Radiation Reveal. It brought together ten young adults aged 17-25-year-olds with experience of radiotherapy with researchers at Cancer Research UK RadNet City of London across three 2-hour online workshops. Our aims were to 1) initiate discussions between young adults and radiation researchers, and 2) identify what people wish they had known about radiotherapy before or during treatment. These aims were surpassed; other benefits included peer support, participants’ continued involvement in subsequent engagement projects, lasting friendships, creation of support groups for others, and creation and national dissemination of top ten tips for medical professionals and social media resources. Key learnings were that it requires a dedicated and (com)passionate person with connections to national cancer charities. When designing the project, constant feedback is needed from charities and young adults with and without radiotherapy experience. Finally, visually capturing discussions and keeping the door open beyond workshops further enhanced impact. Here, we hope to inform and inspire people to help project the patient voice in all we do.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish journal of cancer
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Feb 2024


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