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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)

Encore Presentation: Single Fathers Due to Cancer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Even with all its rewards and wonderful moments, parenting is a tough job. Raising a family after losing a spouse can make things even more challenging. After coming up empty-handed in their search for resources for fathers who had recently lost their wives to cancer, a team at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill began their own support group just for these men, called Single Fathers Due to Cancer. Since its inception in the fall of 2010, this program has helped a group of fathers through a challenging time in their lives and is teaching experts important things about the unique needs of these men.

In this show, your host Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by Dr. Justin Yopp, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC Chapel Hill, and Bruce Ham, a single father due to cancer who has just written a book about his experience, called Laughter, Tears and Braids: a father’s journey through losing his wife to 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)

Danny Jacobs - The Miracle Man

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Who can forget the image of boxer Danny Jacobs standing in the ring, hands raised in victory, cheered on by thousands at the Barclays Center having just become the WBA middleweight champion? This alone is not what makes the moment notable.

In 2011, Danny was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive bone cancer called osteosarcoma. It caused partial paralysis of his legs and damaged nerves in his spine. Doctors didn’t know if he would ever walk again. Danny is not just a WBA champion, he’s also the first cancer survivor to win a boxing championship.

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)

Raising Awareness of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October, as most people know, is widely recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. People everywhere become extremely active in raising awareness of this disease, which affects about 1 in 8 U.S women and about 1 in 1000 U.S. men every year. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that October 13th is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. About 155,000 people are currently estimated to be living with this stage of breast cancer.

On this episode we take a closer look at what metastatic breast cancer is, how you can feel empowered to live well with this disease and why raising awareness of it is important—not just on October 13th, but all year long.

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)

Us TOO: A Look into the Prostate Cancer Support Network

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. With one in seven men diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes, it is the second most common cancer affecting men in the U.S. This week’s radio show focuses on the unique emotional and social needs of men with prostate cancer, as well as challenges facing men who are seeking this support.

Guest host Linda House welcomes Tom Kirk, CEO of Us TOO, a nonprofit focused on support for people impacted by prostate 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)

Balancing a Career with Cancer

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When cancer strikes, it can impact every area of your life—your personal life, your family life and even your work life. Balancing your career with your cancer diagnosis can be one of the most complex challenges of the cancer journey, from deciding how to tell your coworkers, to taking time off and balancing the financial impact of cancer.

Joining us to help us navigate these challenges are Rebecca Nellis, Vice President of Programs and Strategy for Cancer and Careers, and Monica Bryant, Chief Operating Officer of Triage 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)

Shining The Light on MPNs

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This year, only about 14,500 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a myeloproliferative neoplasm, MPN, a rare group of blood cancers. Living with a rare cancer, like an MPN, comes with a unique set of challenges. The diagnosis can be hard to understand, and treatment is often “watch-and-wait” or symptom management only.

In honor of Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September and MPN Awareness Day on September 11, join us to shine a light on these rare cancers. Guest host Linda House welcomes back to the show Melissa Wright, LMSW, OSW-C, Program Director at Gilda’s Club Quad Cities to talk more about how to live well with a rare 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)

Living with a High Risk of Cancer

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

About 10 percent of all incidences of cancer are caused by inherited gene mutations which increase the risk for developing certain types of cancer. People living with these inherited gene changes also have a 50 percent chance of passing the mutation down to their children. For people living with this high risk, it’s important to know the facts, how to manage this risk and what treatment options are available.

Joining guest host Linda House to discuss living with the risk of developing hereditary cancer is Lisa Schlager, Vice President of Community Affairs for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) and Karen Hurley, a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in hereditary risk counseling.

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: Life After Cancer: Cancer Rehabilitation

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There is life after cancer. Learn about cancer rehab and how to live a healthy life after treatment is complete. What kind of rehabilitation may be helpful after having cancer? Is it possible to feel like your old self again after treatment? How can you get help for cognitive issues like “chemo brain”?

Joining Kim Thiboldeaux to explore the answers to these questions is Jeanne Simard, a registered nurse with a clinical background in cancer rehabilitation and critical care. She is the corporate vice president of Oncology Rehab Partners, the developer of the STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehab) Program, a model of comprehensive cancer rehabilitation that is being implemented by hospitals, cancer centers and private rehabilitation practices in over 40 states. For more information on the STAR Program, please visit www.OncologyRehabPartners.com.

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)

Eating Well and Staying Active

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Are organic foods really better than non-organic foods in preventing cancer? Can exercising during cancer actually help you feel less fatigued? This episode explores these questions and more, featuring experts in nutrition and fitness who have dedicated their careers to educating and empowering the cancer community.

Joining our host Kim Thiboldeaux on the show is Alice Bender, Associate Director at the American Institute of Cancer Research and Carol Michaels, founder of Recovery Fitness.

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: Dog Detectives

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

There have been many amazing stories in the news about dogs that have alerted their owners to cancer. There’s Susan Castriota, who recounted how her dog was poking at her breast for months before she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. There’s Steve Warner, whose dog’s obsessive sniffing around his ears convinced him to get an MRI, which alerted him to his brain tumor. And those aren’t the other anecdotes out there. Scientists have begun to study this phenomena and the results are very interesting, in particular for cancers where there currently are no reliable screening methods.

Joining our host Kim Thiboldeaux on the show is Alexander Burnett, MD, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and Donna Waugh, President of the American Scent Dog Association.

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)

Finding Support, Strength and Silver Linings

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As a healthy, happy thirty nine year old mother with no family history of breast cancer, being diagnosed with the disease rocked her world. Having worked as a nurse, social worker and child development specialist for fifteen years, she was trained to heal. But in her role as a patient, the healing process became personal.

Today’s show welcomes back Hollye Jacobs, author of The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer, a New York Times Bestseller that combines her perspectives of being both a patient and a clinician.

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)

When Men Get Breast Cancer

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Each year in the U.S., about 2,240 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in men, compared to about 232,000 cases in women. Because men only represent 1% of the breast cancer diagnosis, we don’t often hear about their cancer journey.

With us today to inform and shed on light on male breast cancer are Dr. Oliver Bogler and Dr. Sharon Giordano. Dr. Bogler is Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Neurosurgery Research at MD Anderson. He also serves as its Vice President of the Global Academic Programs. Dr. Bogler was diagnosed with breast cancer in Sept. 2012. Dr. Sharon Giordano is a Board Certified Medical Oncologist. She is also a professor with tenure at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology and Chair of the Department of Health Services Research.

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)

Hello Doctor

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Between all the different lab tests, scans and reports, you acquire a lot of paperwork during the cancer experience. After being in waiting room after waiting room seeing everyone’s binders full of printed medical records, Maayan Cohen saw firsthand the role medical records play at oncology appointments and saw a need for a way to simplify this experience.

Maayan is the CEO and founder of Hello Doctor, a mobile app that is revolutionizing the way patients and their health care teams are accessing, viewing and sharing their medical records. Learn more about this new technology on this episode of Frankly Speaking About 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)

Musical Tones and Funny Bones

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day this week, today’s show focuses on two talented individuals who are giving back to others going through the cancer experience. Mark Bowling is a singer and song writer who was born the youngest of nine children in the small town of Spencer Indiana. Mark was raised on classic country and gospel music and draws his influence from greats like Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum and Don Williams.

As an independently touring and recording singer-songwriter, Mark has shared the stage with Nashville stars such as Charlie Pride, Phil Vassar, Eric Church, Ty England and Collin Raye. Also on the show, Noreen Batt was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma after her very first mammogram at 40. In her one-woman act called “Thanks for the Mamories,” she pokes good-natured fun at her medical team & herself while sharing personal insights into her cancer journey. She is a happily married mother of two and currently lives in New Hampshire.

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)

Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

“I won’t let a brain tumor defeat me or the people I love. It’s a scary diagnosis but now I know the facts.” This is a quote from Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Brain Tumors. Currently there are more than 688,000 people living with a brain or central nervous system tumor in the United States, and this year alone an estimated 23,380 adults will be diagnosed with a primary, cancerous brain tumor according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

To help us learn more about brain tumors this Brain Tumor Awareness Month, the show is joined by Deanna Glass Macenka, Program Coordinator the Neurosurgical Oncology Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Dr. Ashley Love Sumrall, Neuro-Oncologist at the Levine 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)

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)

It Takes a Team

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

One person alone can’t beat cancer—it takes a team. This is the idea behind a unique initiative called Breakaway from Cancer, founded by Amgen in 2005 to raise awareness of the free resources available to people affected by cancer, from prevention through survivorship.

Joining the show to talk more about Breakaway from Cancer is Richard Paulson of Amgen and Patrick Devinger, who came across Breakaway from Cancer when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2008.

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: Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tune in Tuesday, July 17th to hear how a person’s race could affect their chance of surviving breast cancer. As many know, a person’s experience with a breast cancer diagnosis, their treatment and their risk of dying is very different depending on the race of that patient.

Dr. Steven Whitman, Director of the Sinai Health Institute and Marc Hurlbert, Executive Director of the Avon Foundation’s global breast cancer programs discuss their new study of this racial disparity across the U.S.’s 25 largest cities and the implications of their research.

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)

A New Kind of Fight

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Multi-division professional boxing champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is used to putting up a fight, but no amount of training could have prepared him for the day when his wife, Casey, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007. Upon hearing this news, Robert scaled back his training, turned down three major championships and eventually vacated his title, stepping away from boxing to take care of his wife and two young children.

On today’s show, our host Kim and CSC’s Vicki Kennedy, LCSW, are joined by Robert to talk more about his journey as a cancer caregiver.

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 for People with Disabilities

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Living with cancer can be a challenge for anyone—but what if you also have an intellectual or developmental disability? On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, we will explore the unique challenges people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, their caregivers and their health care teams face when it comes to cancer prevention, screening and treatment.

Show host Linda House, RN, of the Cancer Support Community, will be joined by Robyn J. Blanchard, RN, of The Arc Gloucester; Leone Murphy, MSN, RN, of The Arc of New Jersey; and Karen Luken, MSRA, of the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health.

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)

Being a Long Distance Caregiver

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In the United States, families are often spread all over—sometimes on opposite coasts or in opposite climates. This can present challenges when someone in the family is diagnosed with cancer and everyone can’t be where they want to be at once. It’s important for these far-away loved ones to remember that they are not alone—In fact, it is estimated that 7 million people in the U.S. are long-distance caregivers. Many of these people are family members of someone with cancer—daughters and sons, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.

On this show, guest host Linda House and Sara Goldberger, Senior Director of Programs at the Cancer Support Community, will talk about common challenges of being a long-distance caregiver, unique ways that a long-distance caregiver can be helpful and how to handle the emotional impacts of caregiving on families.

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 Wig Exchange

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Learning you have cancer can be shocking and traumatic. It also can cause insecurities about body image—one of which for women may be hair loss, a side effect of chemotherapy. Getting a nice wig can ease concerns, but for many it is too expensive, not covered by insurance and may not be frequently used.

Today's guests sought to solve this problem by founding The Wig Exchange—an organization that provides high-quality wigs to women undergoing chemotherapy through donations from cancer survivors and their families looking to offer support to others.

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)