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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)

Sexual Wellness and Fertility After Cancer

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Studies have shown that 60% of cancer survivors report sexual dysfunction after treatment and 50% did not bring up this issue to their health care team. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, host Kim Thiboldeaux and guest Dr. Leslie Schover, a clinical psychologist who Kim calls the "Dr. Ruth of cancer," discuss specific ways to empower and educate patients about sexual wellness after cancer. Dr. Shover shares with us her new projects, Will2Love.com and the campaign “Bring It Up”, to frankly talk about fertility and parenthood after cancer, including new developments and overcoming financial barriers.

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)

On Your Terms: A Conversation About End-of-Life Care

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

People will delay talking about end-of-life care as long as possible even while acknowledging its importance. For the most part, none of us wants to deal with our mortality. Yet, this is a crucial topic for us to think through as individuals and to discuss with our families and medical team. Our guest and guide for this topic is Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, an expert on the medical experience of death and dying, and author of Extreme Measures- Finding a Better Path to End of Life.

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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 today's 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)

Don't Let Cancer Steal Your Joy

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The impact of a cancer diagnosis is felt on every level—a physical level, financial level, and an emotional level. While the treatment we receive from our oncologist helps us to heal and treat our cancer at a physical level, there is also great importance in healing emotionally throughout the cancer journey. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, host Kim Thiboldeaux and guest Julia Wick are discussing how to create joy for yourself through meditation and mindfulness, and find joy despite facing the harsh realities of 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)

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)

What You Need to Know about the Cost of Your Cancer Care

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hearing that you or someone you love has cancer can be overwhelming. Questions abound: Will I (or my loved one) survive? How will my family be affected? Will my insurance cover my care? Will I be able to work through treatment or will I need to take time off from work? Will my family be burdened with huge expenses? For some, the questions come all at once. For others, they arrive one by one. Having a plan to deal with these questions is vital. It can be hard to ask for and accept financial help—much less know where to find this much-needed support during this time. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, Kim Thiboldeaux and her guest, Amanda Holt take a deep dive into this topic to find answers to these questions and many more.

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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