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Episode 32: Patient Advocate, Storyteller, and Lobular Breast Cancer Survivor

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Release Date: 05/10/2023

Episode 44: Fingertip Smears Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Detection show art Episode 44: Fingertip Smears Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Detection

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Mammograms are known to be the most common form of breast imaging to screen for breast cancer. This form of breast imaging is known to some to be uncomfortable and for some women culturally unacceptable. So, this interview sparked great interest in the work my guest is doing. , Professor of Forensic and Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry at is my guest. Her work and interest in forensic science lead her to a serendipitous discovery published in a paper she authored with others entitled, “. Professor Francese and I met at the this year where she opened the conference with her presentation on...

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Episode 43: The Drain-Free DIEP Flap Concept show art Episode 43: The Drain-Free DIEP Flap Concept

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DIEP flap breast reconstruction most often requires surgical drains for post operative care. Patients often mention to me they are awkward, can become infected at the suture site where they are attached to the skin, and are cumbersome to hide under clothing after surgery when going out in public. My guest on this episode of the has been in communication with me over the past year in anticipation of his recently published paper, . , is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon with the NHS and private practice at . He graduated with distinctions from University College London...

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Episode 42: Clips, Mesh, and Sutures in Breast Reconstruction show art Episode 42: Clips, Mesh, and Sutures in Breast Reconstruction

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from in Charleston, South Carolina, discusses the use of clips, mesh, and sutures used in breast reconstruction surgery on this episode of the . Many patients ask about these tools and devices. The information Dr. Craigies provides helps the listener understand their use and function in procedures like . This podcast cast is a remake of the . We want to present platforms to watch and listen for patients as they reserach options for surgery after mastectomy. Our aim is to provide this information so the listener can takes notes, pause, rewind and replay the episode to prepare questions in...

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Episode 41: Achieving Wellness through Breast Cancer show art Episode 41: Achieving Wellness through Breast Cancer

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My guests on the are often made through connections in the breast cancer community. This is the case for Amy Robinson. She was introduced to me by another survivor who like me, benefits from the practice of meditation as part of her survivorship after surgery, treatment, and recovery. As a treat at the end of the podcast, I ask Amy to take us through a three-minute meditation. You won’t want to miss it! My guest, Amy Robinson, created Radiant Healing Together in 2022 transforming the breast cancer experience with vital research, caring support, and warm community. Her 12+ weekly live...

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This  will focus on breast imaging. The questions we will discuss are when to see a radiologist, types of imaging, and more specifics about each type. We will look at what the future looks like in medical imaging in breast cancer. I’m speaking to Dr. Randy Miles. as the chief of breast imaging at with oversite over the breast divisions clinical, research, and educational programs. He also serves as the associate director for research in the radiology department. He earned his medical degree from . Dr. Miles has achieved multiple awards throughout his career and served on medical...

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Episode 39: The London Breast Meeting 2023 show art Episode 39: The London Breast Meeting 2023

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The will be held from September 7-9, 2023, at the Royal College of Physicians. It is a special opportunity for me to interview and be interviewed by my guest today on this episode of the . My guests and I discuss opportunities we will be involved in at the London Breast Meeting from the perspective of industry leaders, a world class microsurgeon, and patient advocacy. My guests are , CEO of , a medical device company that makes advanced molecular sensing devices like the for microvascular breast reconstruction like DIEP flap. I also welcome Vice President of Operations for Spectros. ...

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Episode 38: Sisters, BRCA 1, Three DIEP flap Stories show art Episode 38: Sisters, BRCA 1, Three DIEP flap Stories

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My guests on this episode of the are three sisters, all of who have a BRCA 1 genetic mutation, and all of whom had DIEP flap breast reconstruction at the same surgical practice, , Plastic Reconstructive Microsurgical Associates, in San Antonio, Texas. This is also the surgical practice I had my DIEP flap performed by in December of 2014. Elaine, the youngest of the three sisters, lead the way being the first to have her prophylactic DIEP flap with . After finding she tested positive for the BRCA 1 genetic mutation, she completed her surgery in late May of 2017. While she was in...

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Episode 37: Shining a Light on Survivorship in Breast Cancer show art Episode 37: Shining a Light on Survivorship in Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is a scary word that no one wants to hear from their physician. When you’re diagnosed with breast cancer your mind can often go to, “How long am I going to live?” But because treatments have improved over the years, survivorship in breast cancer is a word we are hearing more often now in breast cancer communities, online, and in the media. On this episode of the , we are shining a light on survivorship with our guest, , who has “seen both sides as a breast cancer survivor and breast cancer surgeon.” She completed her residency in general surgery at Ohio Health...

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Episode 36: Sexual Function Concerns  in Women with Cancer show art Episode 36: Sexual Function Concerns in Women with Cancer

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  When our bodies are physically changed because of breast cancer, it has the real potential of affecting sexual health. There are multiple layers to look at when a person presents with sexual dysfunction. In other words, the natural process of the act of sex has been disrupted due to treatment, surgery, the emotional impact of cancer, and other considerations. My guest on this episode of the is an expert in this field. I want to welcome , professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the . Her Clinical Interests include Cancer Survivorship, Female Sexual Dysfunction, Female sexual...

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Episode 35: Achieving Symmetry and Understanding Fat Grafting in Breast Reconstruction show art Episode 35: Achieving Symmetry and Understanding Fat Grafting in Breast Reconstruction

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Achieving symmetry and understanding fat grafting in breast reconstruction are topics patients frequently ask about. I reached out to an expert in the field. My guest on this episode of the is Dr. Tim Matatov of in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Matatov is a board-certified microsurgeon who performs procedures such as implant breast reconstruction, several autologous reconstruction procedures, autologous meaning using the patient’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast, nipple reconstruction, and a variety of other breast reconstruction procedures.   He works with a team of two other...

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Megan-Claire Chase is a breast cancer survivor who deals with a lot of effects from treatment and being diagnosed with lobular breast cancer at a very young age. But she excitedly begins our conversation by saying her pain melted away at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium when she was able to meet patient advocates in person for the first time. Social media connects many of us but the conference we both attended in early December of 2023 allowed us to sit down together to share intimate conversations, ask each other how we are doing, and share our advocacy work. I was fortunate to be one of those advocates to finally meet her in person at the meeting.

Megan-Claire experienced strange symptoms for about two years that were left without a diagnosis. Her mother had ovarian cancer when she was pregnant with Megan-Claire. She states she felt this made her a miracle baby for her parents. Megan-Claire felt certain at some point in her lifetime she would get cancer because she has a strong history in her family. Because of this she was able to get a mammogram at age thirty-five and have it covered by insurance.

Being hyper aware of her body due to family history of cancer, the signs she saw were concerning. She noticed tiny green bruising on her legs, weight gain, loss of hair on the left side of her head, and a “zit” on the outside of her left breast. She knew something was not right. Megan-Claire shares with us she would like the medical community to be more aware that black women and other women of color will present with different symptoms that her white counterparts.

This leads us to a more in-depth conversation on health disparities, implicit biases in breast cancer care and what Megan-Claire accomplishes in her community and advocacy work to improve the communication between the patient and physician. Megan-Claire will be participating in a community event to connect patients and provide these resources June 15-21 of 2023.

The event and other ways to join Megan-Claire on social media can be found here.

National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week started by the FDA through the Oncology Center of Excellence.

Megan-Claire’s Linked Account: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-claire-chase/

Breast Cancer Program Director: Share Cancer Support