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Ep.2 - The Symptoms

The Cancering Show

Release Date: 07/16/2019

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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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In most patients’ cancer stories and journeys, cancer didn't start with the diagnosis. First, there are symptoms, pain and probably a visit to the family doctor, Urgent Care or student health center before the diagnosis is made. In this episode, Dr. JYP and studio guest Dr. Robert Israel, an internal medicine physician in Mobile, Alabama, talk about common and uncommon cancer symptoms, early tests, hearing the diagnosis and learning how the trusted family doctor works with a patient's new team of cancer specialists and caregivers. Plus, they discuss the mental distress of a diagnosis, the healthy lifestyle, and how a patient can smoothly transition from treatment back to his or her primary care doctor to live fully in survivorship.

Key Takeaways

  1. Cancer starts with symptoms and is usually diagnosed by a patient's primary care physician, not an oncologist.
  2. A cancer diagnosis is stressful and shocking for the patient and physician.
  3. Know your enemy: A diagnosis is the first step of a treatment plan to address cancer symptoms, discomfort and pain.
  4. Family members can have a hard time managing the stress and anxiety of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis.
  5. Chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and the use of new support medications have exponentially improved in the last 20 years, making it easier for patients and their recovery.
  6. Cancer is a team effort. Patients have a co-captain role in their treatment with their new team made up of oncologists, primary care doctors, caregivers, trusted advisers, family, long-time friends and friends of the family.
  7. Primary physicians are an important resource for cancer patients and their new cancer treatment team for all aspects of the cancer journey.
  8. A healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise are essential before, during and after a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  9. Most cancers are manageable, which provides hope for patients.
  10. Beware of second opinions from a cousin, grandparent or Dr. Google.


Dr. Israel's Healthy Eating Tips

  1. Eat your colors: fruits and vegetables.
  2. Remember, real food does not arrive through the window of your car.
  3. If your breakfast cereal changes the color of your milk, change your cereal.


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