Hosted by CSC President and CEO, Kim Thiboldeaux, Frankly Speaking About Cancer is the first and only show on the Voice America Network’s Health and Wellness Channel to focus specifically on how to live a better life with cancer. The show, which launched in 2008, features doctors, patients, social workers, caregivers and survivors as well as leaders in the cancer field to offer advice and guidance throughout the cancer continuum.
Frankly Speaking About Cancer has seen tremendous growth in the past quarter, and is currently on track to reach 150,000 unique listeners in 2011. Episode development centers on discussion of advances in oncology research and news from the cancer community. A recent episode featured Dr. George Sledge, President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, who touched on implications of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study revealed that up to 20 percent of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer don’t need aggressive surgery to remove lymph nodes. Dr. Sledge explained the meaning of these findings in lay terms and answered questions from a young breast cancer survivor – in effect making this breakthrough in treatment for early-stage breast cancer meaningful for our audience.
Additional episodes explore remarkably diverse topics, ranging from ‘Latino Caregiving’ to ‘Men’s Health and Cancer Awareness’ to ‘The Impact of Childhood Cancer on Siblings.’ Colonel Jack Jacobs (Retired), a Medal of Honor recipient for his Vietnam service, actress Alysia Reiner and writer Allison Gilbert are among notable guests featured this summer.
In addition to its more recognizable guests, Frankly Speaking About Cancer invites patients, survivors and caregivers to share their stories, offering insight into what it’s like to live with cancer and offer advice to listeners based on their experiences. Andy Levin, prostate cancer survivor and avid fan of the show, agrees:
“Frankly Speaking About Cancer covers a broad variety of timely topics on cancer and gives listeners an up close and personal perspective on treating and living with the disease. As a survivor, I find it a great resource because of the straight forward information from doctors, patients and caregivers interviewed on the show. Each program - even if it does not cover the specific type of cancer you have - gives hope to cancer patients because you hear directly from individuals fighting and surviving.”
CSC is proud to include Frankly Speaking About Cancer among its robust line of resources available at no cost to all people touched by cancer. “We will continue to bring strong, widely known guests with unique perspectives to the show – people that can speak directly to the experiences of cancer patients and their loved ones,” says host, Thiboldeaux. “Our mission is to help all people impacted by cancer to live well. As the show continues to grow, we hope that people will use it as a tool and continue to look to CSC for advice, guidance and resources throughout their cancer experience."