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Encore: Being a Long Distance Caregiver

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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, 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)

Encore: Take a Break from Cancer: Part 2

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Summertime is a time when people take time off from work and children and young adults take time off from school to experience new challenges, embark on adventures and just have fun. But for people impacted by cancer taking time off from cancer may seem impossible and improbable. It could be that taking time off from cancer is just what is called for though. Perhaps it brings benefits you might not find otherwise. In Part 2 of our special series, "Take a break from cancer," we talk about taking a break from cancer with Brad Ludden, Founder of First Descents.

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)

Breast Cancer: Myths, Facts and Innovations

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Breast cancer impacts 1 in 8 women in the United States. Despite high levels of awareness thanks to Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October, there are still many myths surrounding this diagnosis, and treatment is always evolving. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, host Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by Dr. John West and his son Dr. Justin West to discuss myths, facts and innovations surrounding breast cancer, from diagnosis to treatment, reconstruction and life after 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: Understanding the full impact of stomach cancer

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gastric cancers, meaning those that originate in the stomach, esophagus or the junctions of these two organs, account for 37,600 cancer diagnoses in the United States each year. Until the 1930s, this diagnosis was actually the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and today it is still estimated to be the 4th most common type of cancer worldwide. However, there is still much to be learned about stomach cancer and how it impacts patients, their caregivers and loved ones. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, host Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by three guests who will explain all stages of stomach cancer—from diagnosis, to treatment, survivorship, awareness and beyond.

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: What you should know about National Family Caregivers Month

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

“Day in and day out, selfless and loving Americans provide care and support to family members and friends in need. They are parents, spouses, children, siblings, relatives and neighbors who uphold their unwavering commitment to ensure the lives of their loved ones shine bright with health, safety and dignity.” -President Barack Obama. In honor of National Family Caregivers Awareness Month, this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer is about the vital role caregivers play in the cancer experience. If you've ever been a caregiver to a loved one with cancer, share your experience with the cancer experience registry at www.cancerexperienceregistry.org.

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)

Breast Reconstruction: What You Should Know

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on this show, guest host Linda House highlights an important breast cancer topic that is often overlooked—breast reconstruction. Joining Linda is Dr. Jeff Ascherman, Site Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, as well as Susan Scanlan, breast cancer survivor and women’s health and rights advocate, and Jenny Saldana, breast cancer survivor and patient navigator. This episode explores breast reconstruction basics, first-hand patient experiences, and new advancements in this field.

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: When Men Get Breast Cancer

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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)

Encore: Raising Awareness of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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 1,000 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)

Tips for Living Well with an MPN

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Myeloproliferative neoplasms, -MPNs- are a group of blood cancers that cause the body to overproduce blood cells in the bone marrow due to genetic mutations originating in stem cells. Last year, only about 14,500 people in the United States were diagnosed with an MPN. Many people are often unaware that this group of cancers exist. Each year the Cancer Support Community strives to “shine the light on MPNs” and raise awareness of MPNs and the impact of living with a rare type of cancer. This year is no different. Thursday, September 8, is MPN Awareness Day, and to commemorate the day, guest host Linda House offers tips for living well with an MPN.

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: After You Hear It's Cancer

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cancer: It’s just one simple word with 6 letters and 2 syllables. But hearing this short, simple word from your doctor can change everything in an instant. Time can feel like it’s suddenly standing still and swirling by all at once. If you’ve heard this word from your doctor, you’re beginning a new journey—one you may not feel prepared to take. Joining host Kim Thiboldeaux to talk about what to do after you're newly diagnosed is John Leifer, author of After You Hear It's Cancer: A Guide to Navigating the Difficult Journey Ahead.

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 Fight to Eliminate Cancer: An Inside Look at the Cancer Moonshot

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

In 2015, Vice President Joe Biden lost his son Beau to brain cancer. Like many of us who are impacted by cancer or who have lost someone so dear to us, Vice President Biden wanted to use his tragedy to create change, and help the lives of the millions of Americans who are impacted by cancer. That’s where this episode begins. During President Obama's final State of the Union Address he tasked Vice President Biden with leading a “moonshot” to help end cancer as we know it. A few weeks later, the first-ever White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force was formed. Their mission? Double the rate of progress in cancer research and treatment. Joining host Kim Thiboldeaux to discuss what the Cancer Moonshot means for patients are 3 guests who are proud to be part of this historic initiative.

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)

Understanding Cancer and Genetics: Multi-Gene Panel Testing

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

How do you know if you're genetically predisposed to developing cancer? Oftentimes, cancer occurs sporadically—from gene mutations occurring over the course of a lifetime. However, about 10 percent of all incidences of cancer are caused by inherited gene mutations which increase the risk for developing certain types of cancer. When several people in your family have been diagnosed with cancer, many physicians may refer you to genetic testing. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, we're exploring one particular type of test, multi-gene panel testing.

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 Healing Power of Words

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

We are constantly surrounded by words. Words bombard us through our screens and surround us from billboards, signs, and posters. We usually forget about their presence because words are so ubiquitous to our daily lives. However, words have the ability to influence us. They can inspire us. They can pave a way to knowledge and discovery. Words even have the power to heal. By writing and reading about cancer, those impacted by cancer can gain perspective through self-reflection and find a sense of community through shared experiences. Joining host Kim Thiboldeaux to talk about the healing power of words is Susan Gubar, author of the book Reading & Writing Cancer: How Words Heal.

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: A Search for Answers in Unlikely Places-A conversation with Dr. James Welsh

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Where do scientists get the ideas that lead them down a path of inquiry and discovery? Like an old fashioned private eye, today’s guest Dr. James Welsh is following clues and chasing leads that he hopes hold the answers to mysterious events he has witnessed as a doctor-- and today we get to go on the ride with him. Dr. Welsh is the author of the book “Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't: How Animals Could Hold the Key to Unlocking Cancer Immunity in Humans.”

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: The Art and Science of Medicine: A Conversation with Dr. Mikkael Sekeres

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hippocrates, the Greek physician who is revered as the father of medicine, said, “The art has three factors: the disease, the patient, the physician.” On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, guest host Linda House takes a look at the physician experience—the changing landscape in which they practice, the challenges they face as well as their hopes and aspirations for the future. Linda is joined by Dr. Mikkael Sekeres whose NY Times and Huffington Post blogs aim to shed light on just that.

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)

Paying for 'real life' when you have cancer

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A 2011 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute determined that the cost of all cancer care in the United States totaled 124.5 billion dollars in 2010. It was projected that by the year 2020, this would rise to a total of 157.7 billion dollars. Unfortunately, when families are dealing with these costs, real life for them does not stop. On top of treatment and medical care, there are still bills to pay and groceries to buy. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, we'll learn about tips and services to help you pay for "real life" when you're impacted by a 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)

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: Celebrating National Men's Health Month

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June is National Men’s Health Month, a time to raise awareness of health issues specific to men and encourage early detection and treatment of disease. In America, men’s health issues can often be overlooked or ignored. Men are statistically far less likely to go to a doctor than women, feel less comfortable reporting health problems and are more likely to face social stigma for reaching out for emotional support. On this episode, guest host Linda House is joined by Brandon Leonard of the Men's Health Network to take a deeper look at health issues facing men today.

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 Search for Answers in Unlikely Places- A conversation with Dr. James Welsh

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Where do scientists get the ideas that lead them down a path of inquiry and discovery? Like an old fashioned private eye, this episode’s guest, Dr. James Welsh, is following clues and chasing leads that he hopes hold the answers to mysterious events he has witnessed as a doctor-- and on this episode we get to go on the ride with him. Dr. Welsh is the author of the recently released book “Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't: How Animals Could Hold the Key to Unlocking Cancer Immunity in Humans.”

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 Art and Science of Medicine: A Conversation with Dr. Mikkael Sekeres

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hippocrates, the Greek physician who is revered as the father of medicine, said, “The art has three factors: the disease, the patient, the physician.” On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer guest host Linda House takes a look at the physician experience—the changing landscape in which they practice, the challenges they face as well as their hopes and aspirations for the future. Linda is joined by Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, whose NY Times and Huffington Post blogs aim to shed light on just that.

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: Take a Break from Cancer: Part 2

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Summertime is a time when people take time off from work and children and young adults take time off from school to experience new challenges, embark on adventures and just have fun. But for people impacted by cancer taking time off from cancer may seem impossible and improbable. It could be that taking time off from cancer is just what is called for though. Perhaps it brings benefits you might not find otherwise. In Part 2 of our special series, "Take a break from cancer," we talk about taking a break from cancer with Brad Ludden, Founder of First Descents.

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: Be Here Now

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Be Here Now is a raw and intimate documentary film currently in production which chronicles the cancer journey of actor Andy Whitfield and his wife Vashti and inspires all of us to live life fearlessly. Andy became an international star in 2009 when he was cast in the lead role in the hit television show, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.” While seemingly on top of the world, Andy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the end of the first season and passed away in September 2011. But Be Here Now, is not a film just about cancer. Its message throughout is that life is to be lived without fear and that all people should go after their dreams, no matter what. Andy and Vashti both believe that every individual is capable of making extraordinary things happen. Join us for a conversation with Vashti Whitfield and Lilibet Foster, the film’s director and producer.

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)

Understanding Professional Grief

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Although social service professionals are trained to help their clients cope with the grief that accompanies a loss, there is often little formal training on how these professionals should process their own grief when a client passes away. Social workers, nurses, physicians, clergy members, professional caregivers and others in similar occupations who experience death on a regular and continuous basis can experience “bereavement overload” that can lead to burnout and even post-traumatic stress reactions. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, Cancer Support Helpline counselor Justin Short, MPH, MSW, LCSW, explores the topic of professional grief and how professionals in high-loss environments can better understand it and develop skills to manage it.

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 Colorectal Cancer

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

This year, an estimated 136,830 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and on average, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20. In February 2000, President Bill Clinton officially declared March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Since then it has become a rallying point for all impacted by this diagnosis to join together to spread awareness, community and hope. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer we take an in-depth look at this diagnosis in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

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: Cancer for People with Disabilities

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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 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, is 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)

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)

Encore: Eating Well and Staying Active

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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)

Understanding the Full Impact of Stomach Cancer

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gastric cancers, meaning those that originate in the stomach, esophagus or the junctions of these two organs, account for 37,600 cancer diagnoses in the United States each year. Until the 1930s, this diagnosis was actually the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and today it is still estimated to be the 4th most common type of cancer worldwide. However, there is still much to be learned about stomach cancer and how it impacts patients, their caregivers and loved ones. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, host Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by three guests who will explain all stages of stomach cancer—from diagnosis, to treatment, survivorship, awareness and beyond.

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: Inside the Cancer Support Helpline

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A cancer diagnosis—whether it’s your own or a loved one’s—always brings on questions, questions and more questions. From trying to find out more about a diagnosis, treatment options, information on the cost of care or where you can find support, the questions and concerns throughout the entire cancer journey can feel endless. Whether you’re living with cancer, caring for someone with cancer or are a long-time survivor, the Cancer Support Helpline is here to provide support and resources at 1-888-793-9355.On this episode, guest host Linda House takes a look inside the Helpline to learn more about the services provided, and the important work it does from someone who knows first-hand.

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: Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

In this episode, 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)