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A Cure Within - A conversation with Neil Canavan

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Neil Canavan joins guest host Linda House to talk about his new book “A Cure Within: Scientists Unleashing the Immune System to Kill Cancer” and shed some light on the history of immunotherapy and the scientists who have persisted in order to turn what was once a scientific hypothesis into reality. Based entirely on interviews with the investigators, this book is the story of the immuno-oncology pioneers. It's a story of failure, resurrection, and success. It's a story about science, it's a story about discovery, and intuition, and cunning. It's a peek into the lives and thoughts of some of the most gifted medical scientists on the planet.

New Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy

Friday, December 1, 2017

Immunotherapy is one of the most exciting areas of new discoveries and treatments for different kinds of cancer. Understanding how the immune system works is opening the doors to developing new treatments that are changing the way we think about and treat cancer. On this episode, guest host Linda House is joined by Dr. Gerald Messerschmidt to talk about immunotherapy and its new advancements in recent years. Elizabeth Franklin also joins the program to discuss barriers and access to quality care for patients with cancer.

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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)

Moving Beyond Treatment Cancer Transitions

Friday, December 1, 2017

Your doctor tells you that your cancer treatment was successful and you are now cancer free. But, now what? As you complete your treatment, you may experience a range of emotions. You may be relieved that treatment is over but are worried about the future. In some ways, this transition is one of the least understood aspects of the cancer experience. On this episode, guest host Linda House is joined by Carolyn Lammersfeld of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Claire Saxton to talked about the Cancer Transitions program and its components of moving beyond treatment, managing physical and emotional health, and empowering survivors to live their best life after cancer. Moving Beyond Treatment Cancer Transitions.

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)

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