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Your Immune System and Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Immunotherapy is one of the most exciting emerging areas of cancer treatment. Many experts now believe that it is well on its way to becoming a pillar of cancer treatment, along with surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The interest in immunotherapy isn't new. Researchers have been studying this for a long time, up until recently with disappointing results.

Joining host Kim Thiboldeaux to discuss this exciting treatment option is Dr. Kim Lyerly, Heather DiFilippo and Patty Spears.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Join host Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, for a weekly radio broadcast empowering listeners to live well with cancer. Every Tuesday, 4PM ET (1PM PT)

Facing a Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"Being empowered is choosing to adopt actions, behaviors, and attitudes that can help you regain a sense of control over your treatment and life with cancer," excerpt from Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Lung Cancer. Part of being empowered means learning all you can about your specific type of cancer—what it is, how it affects your body, how it’s treated and what you can expect during diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

On this episode, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, join guest host Linda House as we go inside a lung cancer diagnosis.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Join host Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, for a weekly radio broadcast empowering listeners to live well with cancer. Every Tuesday, 4PM ET (1PM PT)

Innovation Happens (Part 2)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

There is perhaps no subject more important to someone facing cancer than innovations in medicine. Digging even deeper than our first episode, we explore the environments that foster or hinder innovation, the regulatory requirements and what we individually can do to help.

Joining guest host Linda House is Dr. Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein, an internationally recognized clinical researcher and expert in the development and regulation of medical products as well as a former senior FDA official.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Join host Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, for a weekly radio broadcast empowering listeners to live well with cancer. Every Tuesday, 4PM ET (1PM PT)

What You Need to Know about Breast Reconstruction

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

More than 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. In addition to navigating the maze of treatment options, women with breast cancer are also often faced with making a choice about breast reconstruction. Joining guest host Linda House on the show are three guests who will discuss the many reconstruction and non-reconstruction options available, what they entail, and how to live well with life after breast cancer.

These guests are: Andrea Strauss, MD FACS, a plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction expert, and breast cancer survivors Jane O. Smith, of Still Sassy, LLC, and Desiree Walker.

Join us to learn what you need to know about breast reconstruction.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Join host Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, for a weekly radio broadcast empowering listeners to live well with cancer. Every Tuesday, 4PM ET (1PM PT)

Encore Presentation: Coping with Cancer During the Holidays

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

With the holiday season in full swing, on today's episode, the Cancer Support Community addresses the impact of the holidays on cancer patients and their families and addresses ways to cope during this time of year. Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by Erica Proctor, a brain cancer survivor, and Charli Prather-Levinson, a licensed clinical and oncology social worker and Program Director of Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis.

Tune in to find out how to cope effectively with the holidays.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Join host Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, for a weekly radio broadcast empowering listeners to live well with cancer. Every Tuesday, 4PM ET (1PM PT)

What You Need to Know about Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This year, an estimated 224,210 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States. 116,000 of these cases are estimated to be diagnosed in men, and 108,210 cases are estimated to affect women—making this the second most common cancer in both men and women and the leading cause of cancer-related death.

In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, today’s show with guest host Linda House will focus on learning more about this diagnosis, treatment options and supportive resources.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Join host Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, for a weekly radio broadcast empowering listeners to live well with cancer. Every Tuesday, 4PM ET (1PM PT)

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month---a time for survivors, patients and organizations to speak out, raise awareness—and of course research funds—for this disease.

On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, Linda House is joined by pancreatic cancer survivor Maija Eerkes and Vincent Picozzi, M.D., of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, and Chair of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Listen as host Linda House and guests talk about the pancreatic cancer experience and how you can find or provide support and help raise awareness.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Join host Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, for a weekly radio broadcast empowering listeners to live well with cancer. Every Tuesday, 4PM ET (1PM PT)

Is it in the Family? The Link between Genetics and Cancer

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We’ve all said it—“oh you must have bad luck,” or “don’t worry this could have happened to anyone.” And for some people diagnosed with cancer, this is the case. But in 10 percent of cancer incidences it’s no bad luck or coincidence—it’s genetics.

Guest host Linda House is joined by Annie Parker and Lillie Shockney two extraordinary women with extraordinary stories who, in a time before the discovery of the BRCA1 gene, knew the cancer that was impacting their families, and later themselves, was no coincidence. Today they each are dedicating their lives to helping and educating others about hereditary breast cancer.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Join host Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, for a weekly radio broadcast empowering listeners to live well with cancer. Every Tuesday, 4PM ET (1PM PT)

Encore Presentation: Confronting Research Funding for Hard-to-Beat Cancers

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest 5-year survival rates of all cancers. Despite these facts and figures, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and other hard-to-beat cancers of the liver, esophagus, stomach and ovary have historically been given the lowest amount of government research funding. The Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act is working to change that.

Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by Megan Gordon Don, Vice President of Government Affairs & Advocacy at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and Dr. Jim Dougherty, medical and scientific advisor for the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, to talk more about what this law means and why it was so necessary in the first place.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Join host Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, for a weekly radio broadcast empowering listeners to live well with cancer. Every Tuesday, 4PM ET (1PM PT)

Encore Presentation: Finding Silver Linings in Cancer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Finding the silver linings while living with cancer can be difficult, but having a positive attitude can make all the difference. On today’s show, Kim Thiboldeaux talks to Hollye Jacobs, breast cancer survivor and author of The Silver Pen blog and the book The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer.

Hollye, a pediatric and adult palliative care nurse and social worker, brings a unique perspective to her blog, which intimately details her experience with breast cancer, as well as her life beyond breast cancer—from raising her family, to her favorite recipes, to her secrets to achieving impeccable style—all while stopping to point out every silver lining in her journey.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Join host Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, for a weekly radio broadcast empowering listeners to live well with cancer. Every Tuesday, 4PM ET (1PM PT)

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