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The Promise of Biosimilars

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In 2010, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act signed into law by President Barack Obama as part of the Affordable Care Act, aimed to promote the development of biological products and create competition, with the goals of increasing treatment options and reducing health care costs. On this episode, we are joined by Dr. Leah Christl who is the Associate Director for Therapeutic Biologics in the Office of New Drugs in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Today, we are starting to see the fruits of that labor, there are several biosimilars on the market and more are under review for approval. In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first biosimilar product which happens to be a supportive treatment for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia.

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)

Treatment Decision-Making Part 2: Knowing Your Options

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

As you or a loved one face complicated decisions about treatment and care, a proven strategy that helps is to be as prepared as possible. Doing your research and having a written list of questions can help you feel more organized and confident when you are working together with your health care team to find the treatment plan that is right for you. On this episode, host Kim Thiboldeaux talks to Margaret Stauffer, LMFT, Chief Mission Officer of the Cancer Support Community of San Francisco about the topic of treatment decision making and CSC's free treatment decision counseling program Open To Options.

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)

Treatment Decision-Making Part 1: Discussing End-of-Life Care

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

For people facing a cancer diagnosis, the path to completing cancer treatment can be long and difficult. The goal—to eliminate the cancer and go back to “normal.” However, for patients with advanced or stage 4 cancer, this goal may no longer be feasible. Patients face many tough decisions throughout the course of treatment, but one of the toughest decisions is deciding when it’s time to stop treatment. In part one of this two part series on patient decision-making, host Kim Thiboldeaux and return guest Charli Prather are discussing making decisions about end-of-life care and the importance of patient-provider communication.

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: Lifting the Fog of Chemo Brain

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

In spite of the fact that up to 60% of patients undergoing treatment for cancer develop chemo brain to some degree, many patients and their loved ones are caught off guard when they experience difficulty concentrating, finding the right words, short term memory loss, and multitasking. Chemo brain can have a significant impact on quality of life. Joining host Kim Thiboldeaux to explain this phenomenon, how it can impact your life, how the brain works and what treatments can help are guests Sue Harden, cancer survivor and Dr. Fremonta Meyer, staff psychiatrist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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: Lifting the Fog of Chemo Brain

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

In spite of the fact that up to 60% of patients undergoing treatment for cancer develop chemo brain to some degree, many patients and their loved ones are caught off guard when they experience difficulty concentrating, finding the right words, short term memory loss, and multitasking. Chemo brain can have a significant impact on quality of life. Joining host Kim Thiboldeaux to explain this phenomenon, how it can impact your life, how the brain works and what treatments can help are guests Sue Harden, cancer survivor and Dr. Fremonta Meyer, staff psychiatrist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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)

Cancer Treatments and Side Effects

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Coping with a cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment can be challenging for anyone. Facing unwanted and unexpected side effects of that treatment can cause even more disruption. Fortunately, there are ways to be prepared for and to manage both the physical and emotional effects of treatment.

Today’s show will address treatment options, common side effects and how to cope with them. Tune in to learn strategies to improve both your emotional and physical well being.

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)

Cancer and Body Image

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Whether it’s during treatment or years into survivorship, body image is an often overlooked issue for people on the cancer journey. On today’s show, we will be exploring body image and cancer—what kinds of challenges we are seeing, when to bring these issues up with your health care team and more.

Joining your host, Kim Thiboldeaux, is Michelle Cororve Fingeret, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science with joint appointments in the Departments of Plastic Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Also on the show is Jane O. Smith, breast cancer survivor and principal at Still Sassy, LLC.

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)

The Cancer Chronicles

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What do we really know about cancer? Joining the show is author George Johnson, who has investigated the myths, misunderstandings, data and history of cancer in his book, The Cancer Chronicles-- Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery.

While a compelling biography of cancer, the book is also a moving personal account of George’s cancer journey, as he recounts his then wife’s cancer diagnosis with a “metastatic cancer with unknown primary” and subsequent treatment. George writes regularly about science for The New York Times. He has also written for National Geographic, Slate, Discover, Scientific American, Wired and The Atlantic.

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)

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)

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