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EP.1 - Who Is Dr. JYP?

The Cancering Show

Release Date: 07/16/2019

Surviving Survivorship with Dr. Casey Daniel show art Surviving Survivorship with Dr. Casey Daniel

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Dr. J.Y.P. talks with her friend and U.S.A. Health Mitchell Cancer Institute colleague Dr. Casey Daniel. Dr. Daniel's unique perspective from being a cancer survivor, researcher and now a supportive and concerned aunt of a cancer patient makes her the best guest to end the first season of the Cancering Show. Hear her amazing and inspirational personal history and experiences with cancer that led her to work with Dr. J.Y.P. and their research in cancer prevention at the Mitchell Cancer Institute.

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JYP talks with Dr. Ron Franks, professor and chair of psychiatry at the USA College of Medicine, about dealing with the fear and anxiety that can be a side effect of a cancer diagnosis. Plus, he shares some common tactics patients can use to help get through this phase of their cancer journey. A cancer diagnosis can produce the same effects as PTSD, and if these feelings are not managed, they can have detrimental results in treatment success and quality of life.

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Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce and guest Dr. Jennifer Scalici discuss some of the most critical and unique information concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and how it relates explicitly to cancer patients and their cancer treatment.

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Dr. JYP talks hormone therapy with Dr. Teja Poosarla, a medical oncologist at USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Hormones can aid the growth of cancer cells; so adding, blocking or removing a patient's hormones can help cure or prevent the spread and the recurrence of certain cancers, especially breast and prostate cancers.

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Dr. JYP and Dr. Rodney Rocconi, interim director of USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, discuss the process, purpose, benefits and misunderstandings about cancer clinical trials. Dr. Rocconi explains this critical therapeutic and research tool that is essential to understanding and battling cancer on a personal and systemic level.

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Dr. Pierce talks immunotherapy and targeted therapy with USA Health medical oncologist and hematologist Dr. Moh'd Khushman. Immunotherapy is a class of drugs that can help a patient's immune system to fight cancer cells much smarter than current chemotherapy. Cancer cells can turn off the immune system, and these new drugs can turn on the immune system to fight cancer.

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Dr. JYP talks with radiation oncologist Dr. Bill Hixson about the most mysterious cancer treatment – radiation -- and the role that a radiation oncologist plays. Dr. Hixson shares his views on patient care and explains how he works with an interdisciplinary team. Plus, they discuss the newest innovations in radiation treatment as well as side effects and how to manage them.

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Dr. JYP has a candid and enlightening chemotherapy conversation with her friend, colleague, and USA Health University Hospital oncologist Dr. Sachin Pai. Dr. Pai shares what chemotherapy really is, and he addresses some of the myths, misconceptions, and fears associated with this incredibly common and effective treatment. Listeners can learn about the many innovative treatment options that are now available and how oncologists and doctors determine a patient's specific cancer treatment

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Dr. JYP talks with Facebook Live celebrity and Cancering Warrior Princess Gina Gregory. Gina is a patient at the Mitchell Cancer Institute and has completed two surgeries, lost her hair, finished chemo and radiation treatment for breast cancer, and rang the bell twice. Her experience makes her an expert to give a detailed blueprint preparing physically and mentally for anyone's cancer surgery and journey.

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Cancer surgery is more than likely to be a part of everyone's cancer journey. It's a first step of many on the road to survivorship and is still a patient's best chance of cure. In this episode, Dr. JYP has a candid discussion with Dr. J. Harrison Howard, Surgical Oncologist, at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Dr. Howard explains his role as a Surgical Oncologist and how he uses his extensive training, medical knowledge, and surgical skills to offer you the best options for beating your cancer.

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Welcome to the Cancering Show. On this first episode, Dr. Mike Finan, a senior gynecologic oncologist and professor of interdisciplinary clinical oncology at USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute introduces you to the show's host, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce, or "JYP" to many of her colleagues and friends. Dr. JYP is a GYN oncologist at the Mitchell Cancer Institute and also the program leader for the MCI Division of Cancer Control and Prevention. Dr. JYP shares her journey from medical school to the Mitchell Cancer Institute, what inspired her to become a doctor and oncologist, and what drives her today in cancer research and patient care.


Key Takeaways

  1. The Cancering Show is a medical education podcast that delivers more than just science, innovation, treatment and doctor speak.
  2. The purpose of the Cancering Show is to help demystify cancer and defeat its grip on our lives.
  3. Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce is a talented and well-respected GYN oncologist who is passionate about her research and patient care.
  4. The Cancering Show will include the voices of cancer patients, caregivers, researchers, family members, friends, nurses and doctors.
  5. We are all in this fight against cancer, and no one is alone.


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Quotables and Tweet-ables

GYN oncology is incredibly unique in the cancer realm. We are the only doctors who do both the chemotherapy and the surgery for women's cancers. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce

I wanted to care for patients when they were well and when they were very sick or even dying. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce

I have always wanted to make sure that I could follow my patients' entire cancer journey from diagnosis to survival or even to passing. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce

Cancering is being diagnosed with cancer, being affected by cancer, being a part of a family that is affected by cancer, a community that is affected by cancer, and all of those people are cancering in that moment. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce

We're going to discuss every aspect of the cancering journey, from people trying to prevent cancer in their families all the way to families that are coping with an imminent loss. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce

We want the listener to think of cancer as not just a moment in time, a moment of being better than you were before, living better, turning cancer from a negative into a positive for not just the patient, but the whole community. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce

We will bring in the patient voices, the caretaker voices, the nurses, the researchers, everybody together who is working maybe on one case or every case at MCI at the same time so that the patient knows that they're not alone. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce

In previous days, patients thought that they received the edict of what their treatment would be from on high, and in this day and age, it's a partnership. This is a team sport. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce

We hope that some of the listeners can understand better how to help and support their family members and how to know how to get access to these amazing cancer and health resources. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce


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