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CURE Magazine ran a recent blog about the newly issued evidence-based guidelines for cancer survivorship by American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Kathy LaTour, their Editor at Large, says "it's about time." The new guidelines address the areas of "neuropathy, fatigue and depression, and anxiety." Quality care for these fall-out issues isn't as recognized as one would hope.
Joanna Montgomery is among those dealing with chronic cancer. Her diagnosis of a rare stage 3c aggressive cancer came just five days after delivering her "miracle" baby girl. Since 2012, she's wavered between remission and death. Her story has put a face to millions of other survivors dealing with the fall-out issues of cancer ... and Joanna's done the bulk of the telling. From blogging for the Huffington Post and writing a column for "The Stir" with Cafe Mom, to national spotlights like the Katie Couric Show, she's bared the nitty-gritty of living and dealing with chronic cancer.
Molly MacDonald had no family history and 13 years of clear mammograms before cancer invaded her life. Though she considered her case "mild", treatment regimens took a toll on her ability to work and support her family. That prompted her to bridge the financial gap for others; she founded The Pink Fund in 2006. With partnerships from Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy and Ford Warriors in Pink, among others, The Pink Fund is able to meet basic needs, while decreasing stress levels; thereby improving survivorship outcomes and quality of life.
Join us for a riveting conversation about survivorship during this quarterly feature with CURE Magazine.
Tune in for Part II of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) survivorship guidelines as we delve deeper into fall-out and future implications. Kathy LaTour hit upon the new evidence-based guidelines inside CURE Magazine. Last Monday's episode scratched the surface on how patients and physicians have dealt with chronic issues resulting from cancer treatment.
As a returning guest, Molly MacDonald provided our listeners with the latest milestones and partnerships of her non-profit, The Pink Fund. While she considered her cancer to be a "mild" case, her story of basic needs being threatened for herself and her five children was absolutely riveting. Tragedy turned triumph inspired a mission of providing a financial bridge for the women and men fighting for their lives during breast cancer treatment. Finances have a direct impact on the issues ASCO outlined.
Survivor and participant at the recent OMG! Stupid Cancer Summit, Diana DeVoe, also joined the discussion. For more than 20 years of survivorship she suffered with neuropathy, fatigue, depression, and anxiety ... and denial. She gave listeners an inside view of why the new guidelines may serve as a beacon of hope.
This week, the ASCO discussion continues on a much deeper level. Tune in to hear what it will take to achieve understanding and ultimate quality of care.
On the Wednesday June 11th 2014 at 1:30PM Pacific/4:30PM Eastern our special guest is noted melanoma expert Edward McClay, MD.
Dr. McClay is making an encore appearance on the show, for our earlier chat, click here.
'Dr. McClay is a recognized nationally as a leader in Melanoma treatment and clinical research. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. McClay served as a staff sergeant in the US Air Force. He received both his B.A and M.D. degree from Temple University, graduating in 1980. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University, where he was subsequently appointed to the faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor. Dr. McClay has held several positions in academic medicine, including Associate Professor and Medical Director at the Medical University of South Carolina, Hollings Cancer Center, and Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Affairs at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Cancer Center.
Dr. McClay continues his special interests in malignant melanoma and brain tumors. He co-authored the book 100 Questions and Answers about Malignant Melanoma and other Skin Cancers with his wife, Mary-Eileen. They have been married for over 30 years and have two children.'
Dr. Shaji K Kumar is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a consultant, Mayo Clinic Division of Hematology. Dr. Kumar is board certified in medical oncology and hematology. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association of Clinical Research, American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, American Medical Association, Association of Physicians of India, and the European Hematology Association. His laboratory focuses on development of novel drugs for treatment of myeloma and he has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including British Journal of Haematology, Blood, American Journal of Hematology, and Bone Marrow Transplant on this topic.
On the panel are myeloma advocates, Gary Petersen, Pat Killingsworth, Jack Aiello, Nick van Dyk, and Cynthia Chmielewski.
The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic goes ‘PINK’ to help raise awareness for the link between Breast Cancer and Diabetes on this free monthly podcast. Mr. Divabetic shines the spotlight on guests, Dr. April Speed, Award-winning Songwriter and Author Mary Sue Englund, Actress and Writer, E.P. McKnight, TeamWILD Founder, Mari Michelle Ruddy and Poet Lorraine Brooks.
Dr. April Speed provides breast cancer services to women, men and adolescents. Dr. Speed is a member of the American Society of Breast Cancer Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO.) She was awarded the ASCO National Diversity in Oncology Award in 2009.
Mary Sue Englund has released five self-penned albums to date. A staple at the Grand Ole Opry, Englund has toured the world with country legend Pam Tillis as her pianist, guitarist, violinist and harmony vocalist.
Mary Sue Englund’s book and companion CD, ‘I AM A WOMAN’ captures the beautiful breadth of the female experience, with all its cluttered, clouded magic. Striking photographs and wise and sometimes surprising quotes of courageous women from all walks of life fill the pages of this lovely linen-bound coffee table book.
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Tune in to the popular free monthly Diabetes Late Nite podcast hosted by the happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic to hear how real life ‘divas’ and dudes handle blood sugar high’s and low’s in tricky famous movie-inspired settings and situations.
Dr. Shaji K.Kumar from Mayo Clinic Rochester is our myeloma expert, who would be discussing :
ASCO Updates on Multiple Myeloma
with Gary Petersen, Pat Killingsworth, Jack Aiello and Nick Van Dyk.
Dr. Shaji K Kumar is Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a consultant, Mayo Clinic Division of Hematology. Dr. Kumar is board certified in medical oncology and hematology. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association of Clinical Research, American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, American Medical Association, Association of Physicians of India, and the European Hematology Association.
Send in your myeloma questions for Dr. Kumar to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Philip McCarthy will be discussing how he and his team uses their own clinical data to determine treatment options, in conjunction with clinical trial data. Dr. McCarthy is the Director of the Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and a Professor of Oncology. Dr. McCarthy has been a BMT physician and hematologist and oncologist since finishing fellowship training in 1989.
He has been the BMT Director at the RPCI since 1997. Hes a member of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, Cooperative Clinical Trials Group, the Center for Institutional Research on Blood and Marrow Transplantation (CIRBMT) , as well as a member of the editorial board of the two BMT Journals. He has been a clinical investigator in oncology particularly in BMT for more than 20 years. He served as a chair or co-chair of many clinical trials and is a member of the protocol team for the ongoing BMT Clinical Trials Network study, and we will get into those studies as we go. Dr. McCarthy is a member of ASH and ASCO, and his research interests are devoted to developing new auto and allo treatments for hematological disorders including myeloma that will lead to improved patient outcomes and decreased toxicity.
Panelists: Gary Petersen, Jack Aiello, Cynthia Chmielewski and Lizzy Smith
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On the Wednesday, November 27th broadcast at 2PM Pacific/5PM Eastern our special guest is fellow oncologist Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP.
'Dr. Dizon is an Assistant in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and sees patients at the Gillette Center for Gynecologic Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center, where he also Founder and Director of the Oncology Sexual Health Clinic. Dr. Dizon serves on ASCO’s Cancer Communications Committee. In addition to his regular column on ASCOconnection.org, which won a 2013 Apex Grand Award, he is a blogger for MGH and Deputy Editor at UpToDate.'
We first met Dr. Dizon on twitter via the 2nd Annual ASCO Quality Symposium held in San Diego. Having attended the first gathering last year, I did not attend this year though crossing paths with Dr. Dizon afforded certain relection time in the ASCO quality conversation. During our twitter exchange ASCO chimed in with the following recap links here and here.
Join us as we get to know Dr. Dizon and the state of quality initiatives in cancer care.
Follow Dr. Dizon on twitter via @drdonsdizon.
In this episode Mike talks with his long-time friend and dedicated Lung Cancer Advocate, Deb Violette.
In 1998 Deb’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with stage III-A lung cancer and was given a 10% chance of living 2 years. As she thought about her grim prognosis one evening, it suddenly dawned on her that she should be focusing on the 10% chance of survivorship. Since then Deb has gone on to share hope and inspiration to countless others, especially in her home state of Maine where she is the Founder and President of Free ME from Lung Cancer http://www.freemefromlungcancer.org/
She is a regular participant in the programs of national cancer research organizations including the AACR, ASCO, and is a Member of the International Association of the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and the Maine Cancer Consortium. Deb is an inspiration to everyone who is aspiring to be a Powerful Patient.
Susan Zager is a two time breast cancer survivor and the founder of her non-profit company “Advocates 4 breast cancer, Inc” dedicated to research, education, patient’s rights and ending breast cancer.
Susan is a member of the National Breast cancer Coalition and is a LEAD Graduate. She had attended ASCO 2011, San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2010, and 2011, as well as the NBCC Lobby Day 2011 and 2012 to speak with members of congress for appropriating funds for breast cancer research and accelerating the end of breast cancer act. Click to learn more
Dr. Thomas Lodi, a master’s level psychologist received his medical degree in 1985 from the University of Hawaii . He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Columbia University and worked for ten years as an internist, urgent care physician, and intensivist (ICU/CCU). After several years of additional training in alternative modalities, he narrowed his focus to integrative oncology. He is a member of ASCO, a Diplomat of Anti-Aging Therapy, an instructor in Insulin Potentiation Therapy, and he is certified in oxidative and chelation therapies. At his practice, An Oasis of Healing in Mesa , AZ , the focal point of treatment is on restoring the integrity of the immune system and organ function through detoxification and proper nutrition.