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The Cancering Show

Release Date: 06/05/2024

Overcoming Ocular Melanoma with Ashley McCrary show art Overcoming Ocular Melanoma with Ashley McCrary

The Cancering Show

In this episode, Dr. JYP talks with , a mother of four and survivor of ocular melanoma. Diagnosed in 2012, Ashley recalls that two of her college friends from Auburn University had also suffered from this rare eye cancer. She tells the story of having her right eye removed and how she later learned that the cancer had spread to her liver. Despite her devastating diagnosis, Ashley shares how she stays positive and finds purpose through her faith and intentional interactions with fellow eye cancer survivors and others. She talks about her foundation, , which helps fund travel for cancer...

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Meet Your Cancer Team show art Meet Your Cancer Team

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In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce focuses on the importance of building a strong cancer care team. She explains the roles of various medical team members, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, and different types of nurses and nurse practitioners. She also highlights nonmedical support staff like social workers, nutritionists, and counselors. Dr. JYP emphasizes the value of relying on your caregivers and fellow patients for support, and the need to inform primary care doctors and other specialists about your cancer diagnosis. She briefly...

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In this episode of The Cancering Show, Dr. JYP discusses the importance of cancer patients taking extra precautions during summer activities. She explains the sensitivity of chemotherapy patients' skin to sunburns and advises using mineral sunscreen and protective clothing. Dr. JYP also highlights the risks of swimming in certain types of water, the importance of proper head and hair care, and the need for hydration and avoiding strenuous activities in the heat. She offers other practical tips for those who are traveling, gardening, fishing and picnicking. Don’t worry; cancer patients can...

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Clinical Trials, Biomarkers and Cancer Astronauts with Fred Neubauer show art Clinical Trials, Biomarkers and Cancer Astronauts with Fred Neubauer

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In this episode, Fred Neubauer, a stage 4 cholangiocarcinoma survivor, shares his inspiring journey with Dr. JYP. Fred’s rare bile duct cancer was discovered during imaging for a kidney stone. Facing a challenging diagnosis, he explored advanced treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation, and innovative clinical trials, which helped shrink his tumors. Despite the difficulties, Fred remains hopeful and proactive in managing his cancer. Dr. JYP emphasizes the significance of biomarker testing, which helped Fred access treatments tailored specifically to his cancer's characteristics. Fred...

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A Caregiver's Journey Through Brain Cancer With Michelle Matthews show art A Caregiver's Journey Through Brain Cancer With Michelle Matthews

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In the episode, Dr. JYP delves into the heart of living with, and beyond, brain cancer with Michelle Matthews. Michelle shares her husband Matt's journey with glioblastoma and how they remained hopeful throughout the diagnosis and treatment. Despite the challenges, they cherished every moment together and found solace in support from their loved ones and community. Michelle also stresses the importance of self-care and the role of caregivers in cancer treatment and survivorship. Dr. JYP emphasizes the significance of shared experiences and compassionate care in the cancer journey. Ultimately,...

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Advance Care Planning with Stephanie Broussard show art Advance Care Planning with Stephanie Broussard

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In this episode, Dr. JYP talks with licensed clinical social worker about the importance of patients sharing their wishes regarding palliative and end-of-life care. Broussard stresses the need to include a social worker as part of the cancer care team from the point of diagnosis to address emotional distress. She explains that palliative care, which focuses on relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, is different from hospice care, which is a Medicare benefit and service for those with a terminal diagnosis. shares why it's vital for everyone, even young adults, to have a...

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Five Years of Survivorship with Gina Gregory show art Five Years of Survivorship with Gina Gregory

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In this episode, Dr. JYP talks with , a breast cancer survivor and a second-time Cancering Show guest. Gina shares her journey five years after her initial diagnosis, discussing the difficulties of living with cancer and the side effects from treatment, such as receding gums and ringing ears. She is open about the challenges, as well as the strength and faith she gained along the way. Gina offers advice on how survivors can manage their health after cancer, including eating a balanced diet (and finding a middle ground with organic foods), and making time for regular workouts. Having...

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Triple Negative Breast Cancer with Dr. Ayesha Munir show art Triple Negative Breast Cancer with Dr. Ayesha Munir

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In this Cancering episode, Dr. JYP is joined by oncologist  as they tackle the complex and crucial topic of breast cancer and health disparities. Together, they explore the impact of socioeconomic status on health inequalities, the challenges faced by different racial groups in accessing breast cancer screening, and the concerning prevalence of triple-negative breast cancer among African American women.  They discuss the research into the biological underpinnings of triple negative breast cancer and the promising developments in immunotherapy. This is an episode you won't want to...

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Therapeutic Gardening With Barbara Boone show art Therapeutic Gardening With Barbara Boone

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In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce talks with guest Barbara Boone, who shares her journey with endometrial cancer and how gardening has helped her through the tough times. Barbara emphasizes the benefits of gardening, such as stress relief, a sense of achievement and being part of a nurturing gardening community. Even during her cancer treatment, Barbara stayed positive by focusing on daily achievements and supporting others. Dr. JYP points out the need for cancer patients to take safety precautions in the garden, such as wearing a mask to protect against harmful microbes. They also...

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 Cancer as a Chronic Disease show art Cancer as a Chronic Disease

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In the latest episode of The Cancering Show, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce delves into the topic of cancer as a chronic disease. It's a thought-provoking discussion that challenges our understanding of cancer and survivorship. Dr. Pierce emphasizes that cancering is not just a phase or a battle to be won, but an ongoing journey that requires long-term management and adaptation. She shares insights on the concept of cancer as a chronic disease and its implications for patients, survivors and caregivers. 3 Key Episode Takeaways 1. Chronic Disease: Dr. Pierce emphasizes that cancer is an ongoing...

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In this episode of The Cancering Show, Dr. JYP discusses the importance of cancer patients taking extra precautions during summer activities. She explains the sensitivity of chemotherapy patients' skin to sunburns and advises using mineral sunscreen and protective clothing. Dr. JYP also highlights the risks of swimming in certain types of water, the importance of proper head and hair care, and the need for hydration and avoiding strenuous activities in the heat. She offers other practical tips for those who are traveling, gardening, fishing and picnicking. Don’t worry; cancer patients can still enjoy most summer activities as long as they follow a few simple guidelines.

3 Key Takeaways


1. Sun Protection for Cancer Patients: Chemotherapy can make the skin more sensitive, increasing the risk of sunburn. Cancer patients should use a sensitive-skin, nontoxic sunscreen and wear SPF-protective clothing and hats to avoid sun damage, especially on areas such as the scalp and the tops of feet.

2. Hydration and Heat Protection: Cancer patients undergoing treatment are at a higher risk for dehydration and heat stroke. It's crucial to stay hydrated by consuming water and electrolyte replacement drinks, taking breaks in the shade, and watching for signs of fatigue. To prevent complications, avoid strenuous activities in extreme heat.

3. Food Safety for Cancer Patients: Chemotherapy can weaken the immune system, making cancer patients more susceptible to foodborne illnesses. Patients should avoid raw oysters and uncooked seafood, and other foods like cold cuts or mayonnaise-based salads that could harbor harmful bacteria, especially in a picnic setting. Prioritize fresh, well-cooked foods to reduce the risk of infections and illness.



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