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  • 00:32

    Surviving Pancreatic Cancer

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    Steven Lewis has written a new book about surviving pancreatic cancer.  Joyce speaks with him about his experience, and the advice he would give to other cancer patients.


    In what his physicians have called a “miraculous recovery,” Steven Lewis, Ph.D., a visiting professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, has beaten all odds surviving two bouts of pancreatic cancer. Lewis was first diagnosed with the disease in 2007, and again almost three years later when the cancer metastasized to his liver. He has persevered major surgeries, radiation treatments and chemotherapy.


    With the highest mortality rate of all major cancers, pancreatic cancer patients have less than a five percent survival rate within five years of diagnosis, and 74 percent of patients die within the first year of diagnosis. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. with an estimated 46,420 Americans diagnosed each year. Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years. In recent years, pancreatic cancer has received considerable attention because many well-known individuals such as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, actor Patrick Swayze and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti have died from the disease.


    Following the surgery to remove the cancer in his liver, Lewis has been cancer free and in excellent health for more than four years. Along with his outstanding team of physicians, Lewis credits his ability to maintain an extremely positive attitude with saving his life. As an exercise physiologist, researcher and teacher, he leads a vigorous life, exercising regularly to maintain a high level of physical fitness and health.

  • 00:37

    Pancreatic Cancer - a tough cancer to diagnose and to treat!

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    Dr. Jagannath, Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center will join Anna's Journey to discuss


    Pancreatic Cancer as this topic hits the airways due to actor Sir John Hurt's (actor) recent announcement about his diagnosis of this cancer.


     


    Sir John Hurt, the veteran actor, has been diagnosed with cancer but will keep working and says he is "more than optimistic" about his future.


    The star, 75, has enjoyed a successful career with notable roles including Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, the title role in The Elephant Man and a recurring role in the Harry Potter films.


    In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, he said: "I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement.


    "I have recently been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team.


    "I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (one of life's small ironies!) for BBC Radio 4."

  • 01:29

    Pancreatic Cancer: Causes, Prevention, Cure

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    Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. At 8p ET/7p CT Wednesday, March 18th, Root Cause Radio is changing that.


    Dial 347-850-8486 to learn the true causes of pancreatic cancer, how to reduce risk even if it runs in your family, and what to do increase life expectancy and cure it once diagnosed. 


    Featured guests:


    Dr. Maxwell Nartey - Founder of Symptometry: Orginator of Root Cause Therapeutics, therapeutic scientist, author, and specialist in healing at the cellular level (www.Symptometry.com)


    Darlene Brown - Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Advocate and Founder of the Dancin' on Water Charity Cruises (StarTravels4u.org/cancer-research)


     

  • 01:02

    #369 : STUPID COLON CANCER

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    When Dave Neway was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer in 2013, he and his partner Luis Freitas's lives were turned upside down. Dave and Luis join us to discuss leveraging all available treatment options, and how life after cancer is definitely different. Survivor Spotlight on young adult survivor breast cancer survivor and running coach Katie Anderson.

  • 00:40

    Mayo Clinic Radio: Pancreatic Cancer/Postpartum Depression/Population Health Management

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    According to the National Cancer Institute, by the end of this year 49,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer ... and an estimated 41,000 will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer remains a challenge to treat, but newer combination therapies are modestly improving survival rates. Cancer surgeon Dr. Mark Truty discusses the latest treatments, […]

  • 00:40

    Pancreatic Cancer/Postpartum Depression/Population Health Management: Mayo Clinic Radio

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    According to the National Cancer Institute, by the end of this year 49,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer ... and an estimated 41,000 will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer remains a challenge to treat, but newer combination therapies are modestly improving survival rates. Cancer surgeon Dr. Mark Truty discusses the latest treatments, […]

  • 00:59

    #367 : JESSE VS. CANCER

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    When stand-up comedian Jesse Case was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in June, he opted to share his experiences with the world via podcast. Jesse joins us to discuss his now viral podcast "Jesse vs. Cancer". Survivor Spotlight on Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor Jacqueline Piccolo.

  • 00:29

    Nutrition Advice for Pancreatic Cancer and the aftermath of Whipple Surgery

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    Today we would like to welcome Maria Petzel, a Clinical Dietitian with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Today we will be discussing Nutrition after Whipple Surgery and nutrition for those with Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer. As many of us know, November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.

    According to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers.  Only 6% of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive more than five years. One theory that pancreatic cancer has a low survival rate, is because the symptoms may not be apparent until the cancer has already spread significantly.


    One method of treatment is Whipple surgery, named after the first surgeon to perform the procedure, Allen Whipple. Whipple surgery consist of removing a significant portion of the pancreas next to the small intestines It also involves removal of the duodenum, a portion of the common bile duct, gallbladder, and sometimes part of the stomach. Afterwards, surgeons reconnect the remaining intestine, bile duct, and pancreas.


    This is obviously a very intense surgery for a person to undergo, especially when recovering. It is critical for a person to consult with either a registered Dietitian or Doctor both before & after a surgical procedure.

  • 00:57

    #364 : CANCER AND ADOPTION

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    While adoption is an option for many patients who want to build a family after cancer treatment, the process of can be long, difficult and very expensive. Joining us to share their experience and insight into this process are Matt and Heidi Cahill, both of whom are young adult survivors and caregivers to each other. Survivor Spotlight on young adult lymphoma survivor Samantha Stanley.

  • 00:32

    Surviving 2 Bouts of Pancreatic Cancer pt 2 with Dr. Steven Lewis

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    Dr. Steven Lewis received a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Stanford University in 1977 and is a visiting professor of clinical biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. His book is called "The Ripple Effect: How a Positive Attitude and Caring Community Helped Save My Life."


     He was in superb life-long health, until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a disease with a survival rate of only 5%. In spite of this, Steven and his wife struggled to achieve and deliberately maintain an extremely positive attitude. This choice started a "ripple effect" that created an exceptionally caring and upbeat community of family, relatives and friends and enabled this community to return even more positive energy to Steven. The story became even more intense when Steven endured a second bout of pancreatic cancer that metastasized to his liver. Surviving a second bout of pancreatic cancer is so rare that no statistics are kept. Today, Steven is cancer free, in excellent health and works out strenuously. 


    Steven Lewis may be found on face book at https://www.facebook.com/RippleEffectBook/posts/10203150506897233


    Dr. Diane A. Thompson may be reached at www.DrDianeThompson.com

  • 00:19

    Surviving 2 Bouts of Pancreatic Cancer pt 1 with Dr. Steven Lewis

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    Dr. Steven Lewis received a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Stanford University in 1977 and is a visiting professor of clinical biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. His book is called "The Ripple Effect: How a Positive Attitude and Caring Community Helped Save My Life."


     He was in superb life-long health, until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a disease with a survival rate of only 5%. In spite of this, Steven and his wife struggled to achieve and deliberately maintain an extremely positive attitude. This choice started a "ripple effect" that created an exceptionally caring and upbeat community of family, relatives and friends and enabled this community to return even more positive energy to Steven. The story became even more intense when Steven endured a second bout of pancreatic cancer that metastasized to his liver. Surviving a second bout of pancreatic cancer is so rare that no statistics are kept. Today, Steven is cancer free, in excellent health and works out strenuously. 


    Steven Lewis may be found on face book at https://www.facebook.com/RippleEffectBook/posts/10203150506897233


    Dr. Diane A. Thompson may be reached at www.DrDianeThompson.com


    Disclaimer:  The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment.  Seek the advice of your health care provider before making any changes to your health.