Frankly Speaking About Cancer with the Cancer Support Community
Frankly Speaking about Cancer is a program that inspires, educates, and empowers patients, survivors, and caregivers living with cancer.
Spotlight on Skin Cancer: Advanced Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers
Dec 21 2021
Spotlight on Skin Cancer: Advanced Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers
In this episode, we take a close look at advanced non-melanoma skin cancer. With advances in detection, diagnosis and treatments for both melanoma and non-melanoma, these cancers are being discovered at earlier stages and treated with a much more personalized approach. With us today to talk specifically about advanced non-melanoma skin care are two experts in the field: Dr. Gregory Biedermann and Dr. Christos Papageorgiou.
Dec 21 2021
How Utilization Management Can Increase Health Disparities
Have you ever wondered why you may have had to wait for your insurance to authorize your medicine or procedure or why you may have not be able to get the medication first recommended by your doctor? Chances are that you may never have heard the term utilization management practices (UM) before, but it can impact the recommendations made by your health care team and what your insurance plan will cover. In this episode, we take an in-depth look at how UM plays out in everyday life, how these practices can increase health disparities and how you can advocate for yourself and your loved ones. Our guest is Phylicia L. Woods, Executive Director of the Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Policy Institute.
Dec 7 2021
Coping with Multiple Myeloma
Thanks to advances in research and several new treatments, people diagnosed with multiple myeloma are living better and longer than ever before. The disease is treatable and can be managed like any other chronic condition. Today, we’re going to talk about the knowledge and tools that can help manage the physical, emotional and practical impact of living with multiple myeloma. Our guests are Dr. Sikander Ailawadhi and Jan Miller, a licensed professional counselor.
Nov 2 2021
Running on Empty: Taking on Doctor Burnout
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, doctors and other healthcare providers were being tested by a number of stressors that impacted their emotional well-being and, by extension, patient care. Thankfully, with the help of our guests, Joseph Stern, MD and Dan Shapiro, PhD, the situation is changing. This episode focuses on the challenges faced by the doctors who care for us and new approaches and programs helping address the burnout that they experience.
Oct 12 2021
Young and Diagnosed: Encountering the Unexpected
Our special series “Young and Diagnosed” focuses on the unique challenges and experiences of young adults facing a cancer diagnosis. In this episode, we meet Suleika Jaouad and Jonathan Sommers. Suleika is the author of the NY Times bestseller Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted and Jonathan is a filmmaker who serves on SWOG Cancer Research Network’s Digital Engagement Committee. “Young and Diagnosed” is brought to you by Genentech.
Aug 10 2021
Talking Health at the Barbershop
For many Black men, barbershops are a safe place to engage with their community and have meaningful conversations about issues that affect their lives. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Joseph Ravenell and David Brown about their work to improve health outcomes for Black men by connecting with them at barbershops.
Aug 3 2021
Encore: Health Equity and Cancer Care
The events of 2020 and their aftermath will likely be studied for decades to come. The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the national outcry that followed, the Covid-related attacks and hate crimes directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color… these overlapping and intersecting events have shed a blazing light on the inequities in our society, including those in our health care system, and caused us to look at health equity in a new way. This episode focuses on disparities in our health care system in general and cancer care in particular. Our guests are Dr. Carol L. Brown of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Christopher King of Georgetown University.
Jul 20 2021
Spotlight on Skin Cancer: Advanced SCC and BSSC Skin Cancers
There are many forms of skin cancer, some better known than others. In this episode of our special series Spotlight on Skin Cancer, we are going to take a look at two forms of advanced skin cancer: advanced basal and squamous cell skin cancers. Joining us for this conversation are Dr. Robert Ferris and Dr. Emily Smith.
May 18 2021
Spotlight on Coronavirus: Vaccines
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 Epidemiologist at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases and an Attending Physician with the Infectious Disease Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Dr. Michael Ybarra, a board-certified emergency physician and vice president of medical affairs and strategic alliances at PhRMA.
Dec 22 2020
A Frank Conversation about Laryngeal Cancer
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.
Nov 10 2020
Utilization Management and What It Means for You
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 the items that patients should look for when searching for a plan that is best for them.
Nov 3 2020
A Frank Conversation about Mesothelioma
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.
Sep 22 2020
What’s New in Ovarian Cancer?
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.
Sep 1 2020
Looking at Leukemias- Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
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 cancer. Our guests are Dr. Kendra Sweet from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida and Diane Krupnick, who has been living with CML for over 5 years.
Jul 14 2020
Spotlight on Coronavirus: Coping with the Emotions
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 disaster expert who was faced with his own personal disaster when he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at the age of 35 and Susan Ash-Lee, Vice President of Clinical Services for the Cancer Support Community.
Apr 28 2020
Looking at Leukemias- Acute Myeloid Leukemia
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 the show, Dr. Thomas LeBlanc.
Apr 21 2020
1 hr 2 mins
Advances in Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment
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.
Apr 14 2020
Spotlight on Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered Part 2
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 Cancer Support Community provides the content in this program for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute medical or legal advice and is not intended as a substitute for consultation with a licensed medical professional. Please follow the guidance and of state and federal health officials.
Apr 7 2020
Spotlight on Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered
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 SPECIAL EPISODE WILL RUN WITHOUT COMMERCIAL INTERRUPTIONS. TO HEAR THE PROGRAM IN ITS ENTIRETY, TUNE IN TO THE ON-DEMAND VERSION.
Mar 31 2020
1 hr 2 mins
Looking at Leukemias- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
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.
Mar 3 2020