Life on Pause

Life On Pause is a podcast for and by young adults living with cancer. Each month, young adult cancer patients from Penn State Health share honestly about their cancer diagnosis, treatment and life afterwards. As cancer causes the group to reflect on issues both large and small, surprisingly relatable stories and themes emerge. From relationships to body functions, nothing is off the table. Listeners can also see the latest episodes, with transcripts, on Libsyn.


September 7, 2021 - Scar Stories: Markers of Cancer Survivors

Whether small or large, physical scars often mark the bodies of cancer survivors. In this episode, the Life on Pause crew shares stories of moving through the world with a body and spirit transformed by the experience of cancer.

August 24, 2021 - Young Women Talking Hair

A group of young women discuss how hair loss as part of their cancer treatment affected their life and identity. The group ranges in age and experience from the early teenage years to the late twenties, middle and high school students through college graduates, and including a newlywed.

August 10, 2021 - Milestones: Graduation

What happens to the usual milestones like graduation when you throw cancer into the mix?  Seven 2021 graduates reflect on cancer’s impact on this milestone—some of the graduates were treated as young children and others more recently. 

July 20, 2021 - Ewings Sarcoma

What is Ewings Sarcoma? In this episode, three young adults describe it from the inside out while Dr. Joe Drabick provides the medical description.

July 6, 2021 - You're Stronger Than You Believe

Four young adults with amputations due to their cancer treatment reflect on their experience. They share what it was like to come to terms with the limb loss, adapting to the new reality, interacting with the public and much more.