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To Go Flat or To Reconstruct- That is the Question

Friday, October 20, 2017

70% of women feel they were not fully informed about their breast reconstruction options prior to their mastectomy. Two experts join us today for a substantive discussion about the incredibly personal choice between breast reconstruction surgery and going flat: Sara Bartosiewicz-Hamilton, cancer survivor and the co-founder of Flat and Fabulous and Dr. Cynara Coomer, the Chief of Breast Surgery and Director of the Florina Rusi-Marke Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwell Health-Staten Island University Hospital.

The Importance of Genetic and Genomic Testing

Friday, October 20, 2017

The National Cancer Institute finds that inherited genetic mutations play a major role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. The advancement of genetic and genomic testing can predict whether a person is at risk for certain cancers or not and help doctors understand the molecular makeup of tumors so they can find better ways to treat the patient. Genetic testing has led to an uptick in early detection and expanded cancer prevention measures for people. On this episode, guest host Linda House talks to Dr. Holly Pederson, the Director of the Medical Breast Program at the Cleveland Clinic, and Christine Croissant, a patient of Dr. Pederson, about genetic and genomic testing and the importance of knowing your family history.

Hype or Hope? CIMAvax A Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine

Friday, October 6, 2017

In the latest installment of our special series “Innovation Happens,” we take a look at CIMAvax, a promising lung cancer vaccine developed in Cuba that is getting a lot of attention here in the United States. It is being studied in an FDA approved clinical trial at Roswell Park Cancer Institute-- the first Cuban therapy to be tested in the US. Our guest is Dr. Mary Reid, the Director of Cancer Screening and Survivorship at Roswell Park and a key member of the team that is collaborating with Cuban scientists on CIMAvax. Dr. Reid shares with us the history of the vaccine and how it could spur a new age of American-Cuban medical collaboration.

Treatment Decision-Making Part 2: Knowing Your Options

Friday, October 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)

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)

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