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Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. Our mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives. Breastcancer.org podcasts offer unique insights on prevention, treatment, research, and other breast cancer topics from our medical experts and invited guests.

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How Breast Cancer Treatment Affects Your Ability to Exercise

In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Kathy Miller, M.D., talks about how breast cancer treatments can affect your stamina and your ability to exercise, as well as how to exercise during treatment. Dr. Miller is a professor of medicine at Indiana University and is the author of more than 60 scientific papers, many of which focus on breast cancer biology and treatment. Dr. Miller also is a member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board.Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Miller talk about:how to figure out what a safe level of exercise is while you’re getting chemotherapy or radiation or recovering from surgerytips on how to start exercising if you’ve never exercised beforehow treatment can change your staminathe benefits of exercise, including helping women recover from treatmentRunning time: 21:21These podcasts, along with all the other vital content and community support at Breastcancer.org, only exist because of the generous donations of listeners like you. Please visit Breastcancer.org/support to learn how you can help keep our services free for you and the millions of women who depend on us.

19 Oct 2016

Rank #1

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Sexuality and Breast Cancer: Get Your Mojo Back

Because Valentine’s Day is in February, many people start thinking about romance, love, and sex -- and their satisfaction with what they have. The February 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast features Lynn Wang, M.D., female sexual medicine specialist for the Main Line Health System and member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board. She is a board-certified gynecologist and American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists-certified counselor and educator. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wang discuss:different models of female sexual responsethe biological, psychological, social, and relationship reasons why libido may be reducedhow a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can affect libido and sexual satisfactionwho to talk to if you’re having sexual problemsRunning time: 29:54 These podcasts, along with all the other vital content and community support at Breastcancer.org, only exist because of the generous donations of listeners like you. Please visit Breastcancer.org/support to learn how you can help keep our services free for you and the millions of women who depend on us.

19 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Recurrence

Dr. Marleen Meyers is a medical oncologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone. She also serves as director of the Perlmutter Cancer Center Survivorship Program. She received her medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Meyers talk about:what HER2-positive breast cancer is and how its aggressiveness ranks compared to other types of breast cancerfactors doctors consider when estimating a person’s risk of recurrencespecific ways to reduce the risk of HER2-positive disease recurrencehow she helps her patients manage the fear of recurrenceRunning time: 17:06

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17 Jan 2018

Rank #3

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Overcoming Hormonal Therapy Side Effects -- Heard in the Halls: Voices From the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Breastcancer.org Chief Medical Officer and Founder Marisa Weiss, M.D. talks about the importance of sticking with a hormonal therapy treatment plan and ways to deal with any side effects.Running time: 1:50

5 Jan 2017

Rank #4

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Stories of Mastectomy and Reconstruction: Deidra

A former pharmaceutical sales rep, Deidra is a 3-time cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with melanoma in 1991 at age 32 in 1991. In 2006, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 47. Three days before Christmas in 2014 and 12 weeks before the wedding of her son, Pierce, she was diagnosed with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer in two spots. She had double mastectomy and immediate DIEP flap reconstruction on January 18. She also had nipple reconstruction and tattooing. Her goal was to be able to dance at Pierce’s wedding, and she did. She continues to take an aromatase inhibitor.Deidra is one of three women whose stories are featured in the Breastcancer.org video series on reconstruction after mastectomy.Listen to the podcast to hear Deidra talk about:why she was honored to share her storywhat she would tell a woman who was recently diagnosed with breast cancerhow she felt when she was relating her story on camerawhat dancing at Pierce’s wedding meant to herRunning time: 20:17

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28 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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How to Ease Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Pain

Ashish Khanna, M.D., is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and part of the ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Khanna completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Kingsbrook Jewish Rehabilitation Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he became interested in cancer rehabilitation early on. He completed his fellowship subspecialization in cancer rehabilitation at Medstar Georgetown University and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. He specializes in the treatment of people who have pain or functional issues as a result of cancer or cancer treatments, including people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This includes pain, shoulder issues, fatigue, joint pain from aromatase inhibitors, and other issues. He has lectured at numerous international conferences, has published peer-reviewed research on a variety of related topics, and is the co-author of an upcoming book on cancer rehabilitation.Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Khanna discuss:what aromatase inhibitors are and how they treat hormone-receptor-positive breast cancerwhy and how aromatase inhibitors cause joint painhow exercise can reduce aromatase inhibitor-related joint painother ways to ease this joint painRunning time: 22:56Thank you for listening to the Breastcancer.org podcast. Please subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, or wherever you listen to podcasts. To share your thoughts about this or any episode, leave feedback on the podcast episode landing page on our website.

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21 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment

Dr. C. Kent Osborne is director of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also a professor and the Dudley andTina Sharp Chair for Cancer Research. Since 1992, he has been a codirector ofthe San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the world's largest conferencefocusing entirely on breast cancer. His own research focuses on improving theeffectiveness of hormonal therapy medicines and targeted therapies that treatHER2-positive disease. At the 2018 American Association for Cancer AnnualMeeting, Dr. Osborne was honored with the 2018 AACR Distinguished Award forExtraordinary Scientific Achievement and Leadership in Breast Cancer Research,in part for his stewardship of the San Antonio Symposium.Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Osborne discuss:how our understanding of breast cancer haschanged since the 1970sthe most promising areas of breast cancerresearch going on right nowthe feasibility of a cure for breast cancerRunning time: 12:06

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8 May 2018

Rank #7

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Cancer-Related Fatigue: What It Is and How to Manage It

Ashish Khanna, M.D., is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and part of the ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Khanna completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Kingsbrook Jewish Rehabilitation Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he became interested in cancer rehabilitation early on. He completed his fellowship subspecialization in cancer rehabilitation at Medstar Georgetown University and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. He specializes in the treatment of people who have pain or functional issues as a result of cancer or cancer treatments, including people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This includes pain, shoulder issues, fatigue, joint pain from aromatase inhibitors, and other issues. He has lectured at numerous international conferences, has published peer-reviewed research on a variety of related topics, and is the co-author of an upcoming book on cancer rehabilitation.Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Khanna explain:how cancer-related fatigue is different from other fatiguethe link between inflammation and fatiguewhy exercise is the best remedy for fatiguesteps you can take if you think you have cancer-related fatigueRunning time: 25:22

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6 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome: What It Is and How It's Treated

Michael Stubblefield, M.D. is medical director of cancer rehabilitation at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey and the national medical director for Select Medical’s ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation program. He is known around the world for his expertise in the identification, evaluation, and rehabilitation of pain and functional disorders caused by cancer and cancer treatments, particularly problems caused by radiation and chemotherapy. Dr. Stubblefield is an accomplished researcher and has published extensively on medical rehabilitation, oncology, pain management, palliative care, and neurophysiology. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Stubblefield explain:the definition of post-mastectomy pain syndrome and the different ways it affects peoplehow surgeries and radiation can cause this pain syndrometreatments for post-mastectomy pain syndromethe three things that anyone experiencing post-mastectomy pain syndrome should knowRunning time: 29:38

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30 Oct 2018

Rank #9

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Caregiving for a Person With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Tim Watkins is the owner of the Watkins Garden Center and also is the partner of Michael Kovarik, a man with metastatic breast cancer. Tim and Michael became a couple after Michael had been diagnosed with breast cancer, but before he had been diagnosed with metastatic disease.Listen to the podcast to hear Tim talk about:what it's like to date someone with breast cancerhow Tim's role as caregiver changed when Michael was diagnosed with metastatic diseasethe advice he would offer to people who are cancer caregiversRunning time: 15:07

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12 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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Longer Time to Chemotherapy Linked to Worse Outcomes in Triple-Negative Disease

Dr. Zaida Morante, medical oncologist at Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplásicas in Lima, Peru, explains her research that found delaying chemotherapy for more than 30 days was associated with worse outcomes in women diagnosed with early-stage, triple-negative breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer is breast cancer that is estrogen-receptor-negative, progesterone-receptor-negative, and HER2-negative.Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Morante explain:the design of the studywhich outcomes delaying chemotherapy affectedpossible explanations for why chemotherapy was delayed for some womenRunning time: 7:07

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17 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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Revision Reconstruction: What You Need to Know

Dr. Frank DellaCroce, or "Dr. D" as he has come to be known, is a founding partner of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and St. Charles Surgical Hospital in New Orleans. Board-certified in plastic surgery, Dr. D has performed thousands of reconstructive procedures, both for women diagnosed with breast cancer and women at high risk of the disease who choose to have prophylactic breast removal. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. He also has been named one of the "Best Doctors in America."Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. D discuss:why a woman might consider revision reconstructionthe results of revision reconstruction: what to expect, as well as recovery and side effectsquestions to ask a plastic surgeon if you’re considering revision reconstructionRunning time: 20:22

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19 Jun 2018

Rank #12

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Sharing Knowledge: Pairing Experts With Patient Advocates

Christine Hodgdon was diagnosed with de novo metastatic breast cancer in April 2015 and became heavily involved in the metastatic community after attending a Metavivor advocacy event on Capitol Hill to push for more research funding for metastatic breast cancer.Christine volunteers with a number of breast cancer organizations, including Living Beyond Breast Cancer, METAvivor, and the Tigerlily Foundation. She also has contributed articles and blogs to organizations to raise awareness of metastatic breast cancer and serves as a peer mentor for the Young Survival Coalition.Before she was diagnosed, Christine loved to travel and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 2011-2013. When she returned, she worked as a conservation biologist to save habitat for endangered species. Now Christine is using her science background to create an open-access online forum thestormriders.org that provides the most recent and scientifically accurate information about breast cancer and its treatments, including metastatic breast cancer clinical trials and drugs and therapies in the pipeline. She also has created a pilot program, pairing oncology experts with new patient advocates at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, which is what we talk about during this podcast.Listen to the podcast to hear Christine talk about:how the cancer diagnoses changed herhow she keeps up with breast cancer researchher pilot program to pair oncology experts and patient advocates at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposiumwhat she wants people to know about metastatic breast cancerRunning time: 28:33Thank you for listening to the Breastcancer.org podcast. Please subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, or wherever you listen to podcasts. To share your thoughts about this or any episode, leave feedback on the podcast episode landing page on our website.

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8 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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What My Patients Are Asking: Can Dog Deworming Medicine Treat Breast Cancer?

Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., practices medical oncology in Delaware County, Pennsylvania at Riddle, Taylor, and Crozer hospitals and also serves as Breastcancer.org's medical adviser. A native of South Philadelphia, he trained at Temple University School of Medicine and Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Wojciechowski is a sought-after speaker on the topics of medical ethics and the biology of cancer.Blogs and popular media have discussed using fenbendazole (brand names: Panacure, Safe-Guard), a drug used to deworm dogs, to treat cancer. While some studies on cells in petri dishes and in mice suggest that fenbendazole might have anti-cancer properties, no studies have been done in people and it’s not clear what side effects it may cause or what the optimal dose might be.Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski talk about:the type of drug fenbendazole is and how it might kill cancer cellsthe studies in petri dishes and mice on fenbendazole that have been done so farwhat he tells his patients when they ask about fenbendazoleRunning time: 14:58Thank you for listening to the Breastcancer.org podcast. Please subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, or wherever you listen to podcasts. To share your thoughts about this or any episode, leave feedback on the podcast episode landing page on our website.

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17 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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Managing Breast Cancer Surgery Side Effects

Dr. Alexander Miller is a surgical oncologist who specializes in treating breast cancer and people at high risk of the disease. Currently at the START Center for Cancer Care in San Antonio, Texas, he trained at MD Anderson and the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Miller has received awards for excellence in research, education, and patient care. He has been lead or collaborating researcher for several studies on breast cancer treatments, prevention, genetic testing, and the psychosocial experiences of people receiving cancer care.Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Miller explain:the most common side effects of both mastectomy and lumpectomy and how to manage themwhy the risk of lymphedema, while still a concern, has gone down in the last 10 yearssteps people can take before surgery to reduce the risk of side effectsRunning time: 31:48

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12 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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Becoming Your Own Advocate

Kimberly Irvine is a two-time breast cancer survivor, passionate advocate, consultant, and CEO of her Chicago firm at kimberlyirvine.com. Kim was first diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 31 years old; her second diagnosis came four years later at age 35. Her treatments included surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation, all while being a mother to two young children. Currently, she has no evidence of disease. Kim attributes her survivorship to her faith, strength, hope, and passion. She has recently published a memoir about her breast cancer experience titled STRONG(ER+): Becoming My Own Best Advocate and Discovering My Purpose. By sharing her story as a two-time cancer survivor, Kim aims to empower others to be advocates in their healthcare decisions.Listen to the podcast to hear Kim discuss:what it means to be your own advocatehow being an advocate gives you some control over situations you may feel you have no control over10 steps you can take to help you be your own best advocateRunning time: 21:34

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13 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Top News at 2019 SABCS – Heard in the Halls: Voices From the 2019 SABCS

Jack Goodpasture, senior director of medical affairs at Eli Lilly and Company, discusses some of the research presented at the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium that might be most applicable to people diagnosed with breast cancer.Running time: 5:11 Thank you for listening to the Breastcancer.org podcast. Please subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, or wherever you listen to podcasts. To share your thoughts about this or any episode, leave feedback on the podcast episode landing page on our website.

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21 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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Research for Young Survivors -- Heard in the Halls: Voices From the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Kelly Owens, director of education and research for FORCE, explains the organization's XRAYS (eXamining the Relevance of Articles for Young Survivors) program.Running time: 3:44

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18 Dec 2018

Rank #18

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Radiation Effects on Reconstruction -- Heard in the Halls: Voices From the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Breastcancer.org Chief Medical Officer and Founder Marisa Weiss, M.D. talks how radiation therapy can affect different types of breast reconstruction.Running time: 4:28

5 Jan 2017

Rank #19

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Controlling Pain During and After Breast Cancer Surgery

Beth Baughman DuPree performs breast cancer surgery and is vice president at the Holy Redeemer Health System, as well as an adjunct assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board certified general surgeon specializing in diseases of the breast. She also has obtained dual board certification in integrative and holistic medicine. She has won numerous awards for her medical work as well as her humanitarian endeavors. Dr. DuPree’s skin-sparing mastectomies, performed in conjunction with plastic surgeon Robert Skalicky, were featured live on the Internet; the webcast and subsequent documentary received a Gracie Award.Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. DuPree discuss:the types of medicines used to control pain during breast cancer surgerynon-opioid pain control options for people in recovery or who simply don’t want an opioidthe side effects of pain medicationsways to control pain that don’t involve medicationRunning time: 23:11These podcasts, along with all the other vital content and community support at Breastcancer.org, only exist because of the generous donations of listeners like you. Please visit Breastcancer.org/support to learn how you can help keep our services free for you and the millions of women who depend on us.

23mins

1 Aug 2017

Rank #20