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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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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)

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.

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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.

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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.

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Encore: Understanding Professional Grief

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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 that 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)

Advancing Research for Pancreatic Cancer

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

In 2016, an estimated 53,000 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer—making it the 12th most common cancer in the United States. Unfortunately though, only about 7.7% of patients with pancreatic cancer survive with the disease beyond five years. This difficult-to-treat disease relies on new and innovative therapies to provide hope and support to patients and families impacted by this diagnosis. In this third installment of our series on cancer clinical trials, host Kim Thiboldeaux and guest Dr. Allyson Ocean will be talking about pancreatic cancer and the need for clinical trials to discover new treatments and hope.

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 need to know about colorectal cancer

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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 are going to take an in-depth look at this diagnosis in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this 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)

An Inside Look at the Pharmacist's Role in Cancer Care

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Over the years on Frankly Speaking About Cancer, we’ve interviewed countless physicians, social workers, nurses, oncologists, surgeons, mental health professionals and scientists—to name a few. But, there is one person you encounter during the cancer experience who plays a vital role who we have not yet heard from. That’s the oncology pharmacist. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer we’re going to learn more about the role the pharmacist plays in the cancer experience.

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 Chef with No Stomach- A conversation with Hans Rueffert

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

With his career on the rise, chef Hans Rueffert was a contestant on the 2005 Next Food Network Star, reaching the final three. Just 2 weeks after taping the finale for the show, the culinary sensation was diagnosed with stage-three stomach cancer and given a 2% chance of survival. His cancer journey has included eleven surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, a series of brain infections, the removal of his stomach and 95% of his esophagus. Known as the chef without a stomach, Hans is the author of the cookbook Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow, and the producer of several television cooking shows.

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)

Focusing the Lens on Rare Cancers

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

There are several cancer types that we hear about quite often, whether it’s on the news, through daily conversation or because of a devoted awareness month. But, there are many other cancer types affecting people all over the world that many of us have never even heard of. A lack of awareness is just one of the problems facing people who are living with a rare type of cancer. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer we will learn more about life with a rare type of cancer from two guests who are working tirelessly to raise awareness and provide resources to people with rare cancer types.

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 Global Impact of Cancer, One Image at a Time

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cancer does not discriminate. It impacts all of us, in every corner of the world. In fact, more than 14 million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year with more than 8.2 million cancer-related deaths—more than AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria combined. About 70% of cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries. Because of this, there is a significant need to raise awareness of the global fight against cancer, increase education about cancer and prevention and increase the amount of support networks in place. Joining host Kim Thiboldeaux is Carolyn Taylor, worldwide photographer and Founder and President of Global Focus on 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)

A Guide to Navigating the 2017 Open Enrollment Period When You Have Cancer

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The 2017 open enrollment period for health insurance through your state’s Health Insurance Marketplace began on Tuesday, November 1 and will be coming to a close in just 2 weeks. For anyone who is at risk for cancer, living with cancer or is a cancer survivor, there are many health care needs that must be considered when looking for a new or different health insurance plan. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer we discuss what you need to know to navigate your state’s Marketplace as well as tips and resources to help you select a health insurance plan that best meets your unique health needs.

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 Importance of Clinical Trial Participation

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cancer clinical trials provide patients with access to new therapies. When a patient participates in a clinical trial they are helping to move cancer treatment forward and provide hope for the future of cancer care. However, less than 1/3 of all cancer clinical trials meet their recruitment goals, and only 2-3% of adults participate in a clinical trial. On this episode of Frankly Speaking About Cancer, host Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by two guests to discuss barriers to clinical trial enrollment and how we can overcome these barriers to create new cancer treatments.

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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)