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December 22, 2020 54 min
This episode of our special series Spotlight on Coronavirus takes a close look at the vaccines that will help combat the COVID-19 pandemic- how they work, the approval process with the FDA, and importantly, what it all means for cancer patients and their caregivers. Our guests are: Dr. Kathleen Dooling, a Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Dr. Elizabeth Robilotti, the Associate Medical...
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This episode takes a close look at the different aspects of treating and living with laryngeal cancer, or cancer of the larynx, which impacts the voice box. While it’s true that much will change, there is also a lot to be hopeful about. Our guests are Dr. Michael Moore, speech pathologist Kristen Beadle and cancer survivor Terry O’Brien.
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Chances are that you may never had heard of Utilization Management unless you’re in the industry, but you have probably heard of or experienced “prior authorization” and maybe even “Fail First.” Guest Elizabeth Franklin helps us understand what Utilization Management is, what are some of its common practices and techniques, and how it’s been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also look at the upcoming open enrollment period and...
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September 22, 2020 56 min
While the word mesothelioma may be familiar from various advertisements, most people will likely have never met someone diagnosed with this rare cancer. In this episode, we will discuss symptoms, diagnosis and treatments, including new approaches. Our guest to help us better understand this cancer is Dr. Rupesh Kotecha from Miami Cancer Institute.
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September 1, 2020 55 min
Remarkable progress has been made in the last few years improving treatment options and survival for women living with ovarian cancer. Joining us to get us up to speed on the most up to date information is Dr. Nita Lee.
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This episode is part of our special series, Looking at Leukemias, and we will be taking a close look at Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). Improved treatment options for CML led to what is now one of the most controllable long-term cancers. While it requires daily medication and monitoring, with proper treatment, it can be managed. Join us as we take a close look at this leukemia and discuss how to live your best life with a chronic...
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In this instalment of our special series Spotlight on Coronavirus, we focus on the emotions and feelings that cancer patients and caregivers might experience as they cope with the impact of the spread of coronavirus. Many cancer patients and caregivers are reporting feeling alone, anxious, and fearful of the future. Our guests help put context to our feelings and share strategies to help us cope. We are joined by Jamie Aten, a disa...
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Up until recently, Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) had essentially been treated the same way for decades but in the last few years new therapies and treatment approaches have been approved for use by the FDA and many promising therapies are being tested in clinical trials. In this episode, we take a look at this cancer and these recent developments with one of the nation’s foremost experts on blood cancers, and a returning guest to t...
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Thanks to better and more targeted treatment options, women are living longer than ever with metastatic breast cancer. This episode features a wide-ranging conversation covering diagnosis, treatment options and shared decision making. Our guest is Dr. Lidia Schapira of the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Institute.
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In this installment of our special series Spotlight on Coronavirus, we’ll be addressing questions and concerns raised in the Cancer Support Community’s Research and Training Institute’s recently launched survey asking cancer patients and their caregivers to identify their concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Returning to the show is Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham and joining us for the first time is Dr. William Dahut. The Cance...
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There is no doubt that we are traveling through unchartered territory. Calls for social distancing, travel restrictions and lockdowns, may separate us physically, but we can still connect and support each other. No one should feel alone. This episode features questions we received from cancer patients and caregivers about the spread of the virus in general and its impact on the lives of people living with cancer specifically. THIS ...
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Over the past few years, a number of exciting scientific advances have been made in treating Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). This episode takes a close look at the new treatments and testing being used so that you have the most up to date information for making informed decisions. Our guest is Dr. Danielle Brander.
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This episode in our special series Survivor-preneurs features two incredible women. Liz Fisher went through the experience of receiving a cancer diagnosis, undergoing treatment, and joining the community of survivors. Ali O’Grady was a caregiver to her father while he lived with a cancer diagnosis. Both combined their entrepreneurial spirit with insights and knowledge gleaned from their experience living with cancer to launch bus...
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February 4, 2020 56 min
This episode takes a frank look at Glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord. Chances are you have heard of it because of media coverage of Beau Biden (the son of Vice President Joe Biden) and Senator John McCain’s experiences facing this diagnosis. Our two guests will help us understand the many challenges and also shed light on new treatments and approaches that are being used to treat...
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Chances are that you’ve never heard Utilization Management unless you’re in the industry, but you have probably heard of or experienced “prior authorization” and maybe even “Fail First.” These are just two tools of Utilization Management. There are many more. In this episode, we take a close look at Utilization Management, some of its common practices and techniques, and how you can have a productive conversation with your doctor...
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In this installment of our special series “Spotlight on Precision Medicine,” we focus on targeted therapies, an exciting new approach to cancer treatment. Tune in as we make sense of difficult medical terms and complex concepts so that you can make the best, most informed decisions for you and your loved ones. Our guest Dr. Gerry Messerschmidt.
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Efrat Roman's experience living with the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis lead her to business ideas that she has developed to make the world a better place for women facing the same diagnosis. Fueled by her own experience and inspired by the women she has met along her journey, Efrat is an unapologetic entrepreneur—survivorpreneur if you will. Her latest project is EZbra® , the first and only post-op disposable compr...
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Jamie is a disaster expert who was faced with his own personal disaster when he was diagnosed with stage 4 Colorectal cancer at the age of 35. On today's episode, Jamie shares his cancer story incorporating insights from his personal survivor experience and what he has learned from studying disaster survivors from around the globe.
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Precision Medicine is believed to have the potential to transform health care in the United States. In this edition of our special series Spotlight on Precision Medicine we take a close look at the biomarker tests that are being used to identify which people may benefit from these treatments. Our guests are oncologist Dr. Steven Isakoff and pathologist Dr. Lawrence Weiss.
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For many patients, cancer treatment does not truly end when treatment is done because cancer survivors have special needs and concerns that should be incorporated into their post-treatment care. It is vitally important for a patient to work with their oncology team to develop a survivorship plan. This episode focuses on the long-term needs of cancer survivors, and planning for transitioning from active treatment to survivorship. ...
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