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The Cancering Show

A podcast about cancering. Seeing cancer as a part of life that touches every person and community is today’s reality and the spark for this podcast. Cancer is just something that we ALL have to recognize, acknowledge, cope with, live with, struggle with, rage upon, crush and even thrive with. This show is more than knowing and fighting or beating cancer. It's more than just relaying science, hope and technology. It's a platform for knowledge, stories, coping advice, life tips, inspiration, humor, jokes and even smiles. Together our purpose is to demystify cancer. Take away as much fear out of the diagnosis, treatment and process as we can. Defeat its grip on our lives. This is The Cancering Show.

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Chemotherapy

In this episode, 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. Lastly, Dr. Pai talks about the dreaded chemo side effects, how doctors can control these issues, and some the chemotherapy improvements over the last 30 years. Never Miss A Cancering Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show on the Apple Podcast App Please FOLLOW us on Facebook Key Takeaways:   - Chemotherapy is a word that comes from "chemical" and "therapy." So, even an antibiotic or a Tylenol that you take is chemotherapy.  - Knowing the patient, their lifestyle, other medical problems, and any previous cancer treatments are all factors when determining treatment.  - Today, oncologists and patients have many more cancer treatment options available compared to 10 years ago.  - Cancer chemotherapy has improved so much over the past decade that even if a patient experiences some of the side effects, it's probably no worse than the fear of getting chemo. Resources: Sachin Pai, M.D., M.S.C.I. - Website The Docs Said:   For cancer treatment, chemotherapy is still a mainstay, and it's probably going to be that way for a while. Right now, I think chemotherapy helps a lot of patients by keeping them away from cancer and curing their cancer. If the other cancer treatment advances and innovations like immunotherapy pick up, someday I hope people will say, "Oh, they used to do chemo at the time." - Dr. Sachin Pai I am a medical oncologist. I treat cancer patients with chemotherapy and some of the newer medicines like targeted therapy and immunotherapy. - Dr. Sachin Pai   Cancer chemotherapy is basically a drug that's designed to kill the cancer cells. Cancer cells divide very fast, and the chemo is designed to kill those cells that are dividing fast. - Dr. Sachin Pai   Your doctor is testing the tumor to see if it is mutated. Or, you're testing the patient or the patient's family to see if they inherited that mutation. - Dr. Pierce   It's very important to know your patient first and what previous treatment they have received. It does make a difference in what treatment we choose. - Dr. Sachin Pai In this day and age, not only do we as physicians, certainly in oncology and medical oncology, have many more treatment options available, but the patients now have a lot more options as well. - Dr. Pierce   The odds of beating these cancers are so much higher. Even if we can't guarantee a cure, it's quite possible that you would live out your normal life and pass away from something else other than your cancer. - Dr. Pierce   This science is evolving so quickly. Chemotherapy is so different from what somebody may have experienced from a friend or family member even a few years ago. - Dr. Pierce   There's almost nobody who complains of nausea and vomiting these days because we have so many good drugs that can control the side effects. - Dr. Sachin Pai   I always tell my patients that the first one is the hardest because every chemotherapy treatment after that is totally predictable. You know that their experience will be very similar and you take away that fear of the unknown. - Dr. Pierce

22mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Ep.3 - The Diagnosis

So, you've been diagnosed with cancer. What happens next? Can you turn this shocking news into something that's a part of your life but not running your life? Is it even possible for patients to still live their lives with a cancer diagnosis? In this episode, Dr. JYP consults with MCI oncologist and supportive care physician Dr. Thomas Butler about delivering and managing the emotional side of a cancer diagnosis, and how patients can still live their lives with that life-changing reality. Even an "incurable" diagnosis. Dr. Butler candidly shares his thoughts on talking with doctors, building trust, the importance of positivity and spirituality, and the interdisciplinary care processes that affect the cancer patient, family and community. Key Takeaways Patients can still live their lives and even thrive with a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Butler focuses on looking at the positive things he can do to make his patient lives better. Unless it's going to be harmful, Dr. Butler tends to favor quality of life over strict patients treatment adherence. Talk to your doctors: patients and physicians should build a relationship based on open communication, trust, and honesty. Doctors should strive to be good listeners and strive to understand more than being understood. Speak up and ask questions: patients should feel like they are the center of attention, and there is no such thing as a bad question. Patients with a support network tend to manage their cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship better. Positivity and spirituality can be beneficial for a patient in motivating them to do well during their treatment. The goal of palliative care is to make you feel better and make your life more comfortable. Patients are NOT alone in their cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Resources: Dr. Thomas Butler - Website  The Doctors Said: Patients can still live their lives with a cancer diagnosis. - Dr. Pierce (JYP) If you tell me that you can't cure the cancer, that doesn't mean that it's going to end your life. It means you've just got a different perspective on your life. - Dr. Thomas Butler I think that we can focus on looking at the positive things we can do to try to make their lives better. - Dr. Thomas Butler Communicating with honesty is essential, and patients need to be able to trust us doctors that we're going to treat them like we would a family member. - Dr. Thomas Butler Sometimes the initial diagnosis is so shocking that you may have to revisit the conversation because you don't really know exactly what the patient heard or can recall. - Dr. Thomas Butler Letting people express their distress is important, and I think for me the best technique is listening. I'm wanting to hear from the patient experience as opposed to what I'm dictating that their experience should be. It's better to understand than to be understood. - Dr. Thomas Butler I like to listen to patients tell about how their treatment is because it helps me know what to tell other patients. - Dr. Thomas Butler Make sure the patient understands that they are the center of attention. It's not what I want; it's what they want. - Dr. Thomas Butler Give the patient the confidence that they can ask what to expect. - Dr. Thomas Butler Palliative care has kind of a negative connotation because a lot of folks think of it as end-of-life care. But, the word palliate means to make you feel better. I tell folks that that's the goal of palliative care is to make you feel better. - Dr. Thomas Butler When folks do have family support, they tend to do better as far as the management of their disease. - Dr. Thomas Butler I encourage patients to realize that they're not alone, and at MCI we have people who can help take care of them. - Dr. Thomas Butler The cancer diagnosis sometimes makes patients feel isolated, and I think knowing that others are walking through it with them can be helpful. - Dr. Thomas Butler Having a spiritual focus on the meaning of this disease and their life can be beneficial in motivating patients to do well during their treatment. - Dr. Thomas Butler Never Miss an Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show. Like us on Facebook Want us to deliver the Cancering Show to your email inbox? Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com. ////// Thanks for listening to the Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Please subscribe, rate and review the Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving. Sponsor The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute at the University of South Alabama. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope. Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute? Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health. USA Health To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.

21mins

17 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Radiation

In this episode, 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. Never Miss A Cancering Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show on the Apple Podcast App Please FOLLOW us on Facebook Key Takeaways - The radiation oncologist is the physician who leads the radiation treatment team. - Radiation treatment planning determines how much radiation can be allowed for a patient. The radiation oncologist will keep that dosage as low as possible. - Radiation treatment and chemotherapy can be used concurrently if the patient can tolerate the treatments and the plan fits their cancer treatment needs. - Radiation therapy generally has fewer short-term side effects than chemotherapy, is painless, and will not make the patient radioactive. - Communicate with your radiation oncologist and radiation team. Let them know of any side effects or discomfort you might experience after radiation treatment. Resources: Dr. William Hixson - Website The Doc Said: Radiation oncologists are the physicians who talk with the patients about their cancer, and how radiation can be incorporated into their treatments.  - Dr. Bill Hixson Radiation oncologists help patients decide what to do; then they give the radiation treatments, and they follow up with the patient after treatment. - Dr. Bill Hixson I always tell patients, “You won't be sick to your stomach, vomit (unless we’re treating your head) and you won't lose your hair.” - Dr. Bill Hixson Radiation treatment will not make you radioactive, and you don't feel a thing. - Dr. Bill Hixson What happens is in between each radiation treatment, the patient's normal cells can repair most of the damage caused by their cancer. - Dr. Bill Hixson Most of the time, when we're giving radiation therapy and someone might need chemotherapy, that's when radiation therapy is the main treatment. The chemotherapy is going to make the radiation stronger. - Dr. Bill Hixson We try to let patients know what the side effects might be and how we would approach managing those side effects.  Patients need to communicate how they are feeling with their doctors and radiation team. I want them to know that we're always available to help them. - Dr. Bill Hixson

25mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Warrior Princess Gina Gregory

In this episode, 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. Plus, get those pens out and jot down all the Warrior Princess tips for pre-op planning, dealing with post-op recovery, chemotherapy fashion choices, and making the best out of a difficult situation. Takeaways: 1. Cancer treatment is a marathon, but it can be managed with preparation, knowledge, patience, and a sense of humor. 2. Be proactive in all phases of your cancer treatment. 3. Seek advice from other patients and ask questions. 4. Always get a port. 5.Be open with your doctors and your family on what you need and want for your recovery and well-being. 6. Millions of others have cancer. Know you are not alone. Follow Gina's journey on MCI's Facebook and Instagram at #ginasonajourney Never Miss a Cancering Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show on the Apple Podcast App Please FOLLOW us on Facebook Quotes and Notes If you are so serious, concerned, frightened, and all of those things, you just, you just have let go and let the process take its course. - Gina Gregory It's very important to listen to what other cancer survivors tell you. They've been there, and more than likely what happened to them will happen to you. - Gina Gregory Warrior is a much better, much stronger, more aggressive word than "survivor." - Gina Gregory Millions of other women have breast cancer; you're going to be okay, just like they are. - Gina Gregory I rang the bell twice and spent a year of dealing with being diagnosed with breast cancer. I had two surgeries, and I've gone through two phases of chemotherapy and radiation. - Gina Gregory Just because I have gotten over this portion of treatment doesn't mean that it's ended. Even in remission, cancer is still with me. So, I have to be more proactive. I have to be this Warrior Princess, who is constantly battling this horrible disease. - Gina Gregory Always a port. Do not even second guess. - Gina Gregory A blood port is a place that accesses a vein that's always available, and it goes completely under the skin. - Dr. JYP A lot of oncologists advise patients to keep a port in for up to six months or a year after treatment. - Dr. JYP All in all my chemotherapy experience was positive. - Gina Gregory Cancer gives you a lot of perspective because I think everybody goes through very similar things and I think you have to have a sense of humor about all of this. - Gina Gregory Work out the things you know you will need. Get the wigs ahead of time. I made sure that I had all of the different medications and supplements and other little goodies that people told me that helped them. - Gina Gregory

23mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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The Surgery

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, and Asst. Professor of Surgery 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. Plus, they explore the innovations in new surgical approaches, clinical trials, preparing for your surgery, speeding up recovery, and communicating with your cancer team. Never Miss a Cancering Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show on the Apple Podcast App Please FOLLOW us on Facebook Key Takeaways: 1. Surgical Oncologists treat cancer, just like a medical oncologist or radiation oncologist, but their vehicle treat cancer is surgery. 2. A patients cancer team is patients working for them and the surgical oncologist is just a part of that team. 3. Surgeons offer the best options for treatment and the patient ultimately make the decisions. They are the team captain. 4. People don't die on the operating room table. While rare, they can die from complications after surgery. 5. To speed up your recovery, you need to move around, follow your surgeon's instructions, and keep a positive attitude after your surgery. 6. Being proactive and involved in your recovery can improve healing and help to avoid any medical complications. 7. Chemotherapy and radiation is used in sequence with surgery before and after an operation. 8. Make sure you're comfortable with the physicians that are treating you and be able to have open conversations with them. 9. Clinical trials improve cancer treatments, find new therapies, and give patients a better opportunity to beat their cancer. 10. Cancer treatment is a marathon, not a sprint. Resources: Dr. J. Harrison Howard - Website The Docs Said: Surgical Oncologists treat cancer, just like a medical oncologist or radiation oncologist, but the vehicle we use to treat cancer is surgery. - Dr. Howard One of the advancements in cancer surgery is the use of less invasive techniques. - Dr. Howard The treatment sequence can often change so sometimes we have to do chemotherapy or radiation first and before the surgery. - Dr. Pierce We've learned that by treating some tumors first with systemic therapy, whether that's chemo or targeted therapy or immunotherapy, we can actually get better outcomes long term. - Dr. Howard Clinical trials are how we make progress. That is how we improve cancer outcomes, find new therapies and give people a better opportunity to beat their cancer. - Dr. Howard Clinical trials are how we push the envelope in medicine, and it's critical to oncology, whether you're a surgeon or a medical oncology a radiation oncologist. That's how we improve outcomes. - Dr. Howard As an oncologist, it's our job to give them the best options in our opinion, and medical knowledge to beat their cancer. - Dr. Howard People don't die on the operating room table. I don't think people realize that they die from the complications after surgery. - Dr. Howard After surgery, I'm going to turn into the mean doctor because you need to get up you need to walk. I'm not just trying to be a jerk. I'm trying to help you get out of the hospital and get home and get on your way to recovery. - Dr. Howard It's very easy for cancer patients to get down in the dumps. Sometimes they'll go home and develop a bad attitude and lay in bed or lay around. All these things can contribute to poor healing and complications. - Dr. Howard Even if we have performed the perfect operation with a perfect recovery. If the patient's not proactive and involved in their recovery, it can all go downhill quickly. - Dr. Howard When I'm removing a tumor, number one, we want to get control of the tumor and get it all out. - Dr. Howard Air doesn't make cancer spread; cancer spreads because it's cancer. That's the way it behaves. - Dr. Howard Another myth is that cancer once it has grown or spread, you can't operate on it. In the last 10 years, we're operating on more and more cancers that are metastatic. - Dr. Pierce Every cancer behaves differently. - Dr. Howard A team approach and really getting input from different perspectives really helps develop the best plan for any given patient. - Dr. Howard When people look up their cancer online, they're more likely to find the horror stories than they are the successes. - Dr. Howard We can't beat every cancer, unfortunately. But in the last decade, we have made significant progress. - Dr. Howard It's important to talk to your doctor and not look up stuff on Google, unless you have a reliable source. - Dr. Howard Never Miss an Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show. Please FOLLOW us on Facebook Want us to deliver the Cancering Show to your email inbox? Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com ////// Thanks for listening to the Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Please subscribe, rate and review the Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving. Sponsor The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute at the University of South Alabama. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope. Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute? Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health. USA Health To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.

29mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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Immunotherapy and Targeted Therapy

When I think about the future of cancer therapy, I tell medical students that somebody in their generation is going to say how silly we were that we gave chemotherapy and radiation therapy to cancer patients -- treatments that we knew harmed their immune system when what we should have been doing this whole time was immunotherapy. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce Immunotherapy is a 180-degree change in the way physicians are looking at cancer. We are not focused just on the cancer but on the immune system that allowed the cancer to happen in the first place. - Dr. Moh'd Khushman  In this episode, 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. These drugs are full of hope and promise, and they are spreading in terms of usefulness to more and more cancer types and their treatments. Key Takeaways Immunotherapy is a class of drugs that help a patient's immune system to fight cancer.  If your doctor or oncologist did not look at your genetic makeup, you need to discuss this with your doctors. Sometimes genetic makeup can predict who would respond and who would not respond to therapy for a specific cancer. Since 2010, we have witnessed an overwhelmingly increasing knowledge about immunotherapy. Good candidates for immunotherapy have specific DNA mutations that have shown physicians that immunotherapy is going to work. The biggest challenge and the unmet need of immunology are to figure out why some patients do not respond to immunotherapy. Targeted therapy takes advantage of the differences between cancer cells and normal cells. It's not 100 percent precision, but for the most part, it's much more precise than chemotherapy. The Docs Said: Cancer cells can turn off the immune system. So immunotherapy drugs called immune checkpoint inhibitors modulate the immune system and can turn back on the immune system to fight cancer cells much smarter. - Dr. Moh'd Khushman  Every cancer is so unique -- within the gastrointestinal cancer types and also with other cancers. Within the GI cancer types, we treat every cancer differently. - Dr. Moh'd Khushman  Now I really look at the genetic makeup for every patient that I treat, because if they do have any targeted marker, I try to plan the treatment for that targeted biomarker. - Dr. Moh'd Khushman  Your physician and your cancer doctor should be looking at either a biopsy or a surgery that removes a piece of the tumor and then sends that tumor to be tested with some genetic test. - Dr. Moh'd Khushman  Never Miss an Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show. Like us on Facebook Want us to deliver the Cancering Show to your email inbox? Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com. ////// Thanks for listening to the Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Please subscribe, rate and review the Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving. Sponsor The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute at the University of South Alabama. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope. Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute? Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health. To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.

21mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Hormone Therapy

On this episode, 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. Dr. Poosarla explains how this use of systemic drugs delivered to the body instead of the cancer cells directly, can be a powerful and effective cancer treatment option. Plus, listeners can learn about the tests needed to determine treatment, the drugs frequently used, and the most common side effects of this cancer treatment option. Key Takeaways: > Hormone therapy is an important tool used to treat patients who have cancer, especially breast and prostate cancers. > Hormone therapy is not just reactive to cancer; it can also be proactive for patients who know that they are at an increased risk. > Have an educated discussion with your physicians even before the development of breast cancer to know if you are eligible for hormone therapy. The Docs Said: If you are at a high risk of breast cancer, or have a strong family history of breast cancer, talk with your doctor to see if you're eligible for hormone therapy to help prevent breast cancer. - Dr. Teja Poosarla   Most people believe that hormone therapy is not a real cancer therapy because it seems to be so benign, and it doesn't have the side effects that you would think of with chemotherapy. - Dr. Teja Poosarla   Taking birth control pills can decrease your risk for ovarian cancer by up to 50 percent. - Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce   Hormone therapy is an excellent weapon in our arsenal, and it's a great tool that we have to fight cancer. - Dr. Teja Poosarla Never Miss an Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show. Like us on Facebook Want us to deliver the Cancering Show to your email inbox? Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com. ////// Thanks for listening to the Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Please subscribe, rate and review the Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving. Sponsor The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute at the University of South Alabama. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope. Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute? Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health. To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.

20mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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Cancer Patients and Coronavirus

This is a special edition of The Cancering Show. 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. The pandemic is a serious health situation, especially for anyone with any pre-existing medical conditions, including patients currently diagnosed with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy. While this is an anxious time for the medical profession and patients, knowing the vital information, following the prescribed hygiene guidelines, maintaining social distancing and being vigilant about our overall health, will help us get through this time together. Stay healthy, be kind to others and stay strong. Key Takeaways


 > Consult your physician about any upcoming cancer treatments, surgeries and routine appointments.

 > MCI wants to reduce COVID-19 exposure for cancer patients when the urgency of a surgical procedure is not imperative.

 > Overall outcomes and survival rates depend on maintaining and finishing your cancer treatments.

 > If you are having COVID-19 symptoms, our recommendation is to stay home, stay indoors, self-quarantine and call your doctor for further instructions.

 > If you are feeling well and your treatments are going well, consult your physician and consider rescheduling your appointments one to three months out.

 > MCI patients can come to the Mitchell Cancer Institute safely and expect that they will not encounter any symptomatic employees or patients in our facilities.
 The Docs Said:


 MCI buildings are secure and symptom-free. A patient can come to the cancer center safely and expect that they will not encounter any symptomatic employees or patients at the cancer center. - Dr. JYP

 We have a visitor policy, one visitor per patient; those visitors are also screened in person at the door. It's an effort to protect both our patients and our staff. - Dr. Scalici

 If you are having symptoms, the recommendation is to stay home, stay indoors, self-quarantine and call your doctor for further instructions because most instructions after that will depend on your health and medical history. - Dr. Scalici 

There are some cases where we don't have the option to postpone surgery. If so, we're going to continue at that point to do those time-sensitive surgeries in more urgent cases. - Dr. Scalici

 It becomes tough to start new immunotherapy in the face of a potential pandemic like COVID-19. - Dr. Scalici

 Once you start radiation treatment, you want to finish radiation. Overall outcomes and survivals really depend on that. - Dr. Scalici

 There are no plans to halt radiation, so from start to finish, we want to stay within the prescribed period because people do better. - Dr. Scalici

 I think it's very reasonable for patients to stay home and socially distance themselves. We're asking those patients to stay home and can keep in close contact with us to let us know how they're doing. - Dr. JYP 

We know that if you've had any medical problems before, the COVID-19 risk is probably a little bit higher. This risk is not truly specific to cancer. - Dr. Scalici

 Grandparents, maybe it's time to visit the grandkids via Facetime. - Dr. Scalici 

Limit your exposure to others, and if you have to be out, maintain a six-foot space away from other people. - Dr. JYP

 Take advantage of the technology to connect with your friends and family, but please take the social distancing guidelines and warnings seriously. - Dr. Scalici Never Miss an Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show. Like us on Facebook Want us to deliver the Cancering Show to your email inbox? Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com. ////// Thanks for listening to the Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Please subscribe, rate and review the Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving. Sponsor The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute at the University of South Alabama. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope. Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute? Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health. To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.

20mins

20 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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Clinical Trials

Studies have shown that if you're on a clinical trial, your survival and cancer outcome are actually better than just having standard care.- Dr. Rod Rocconi Every significant cancer discovery has come from a clinical trial and the patients who have paid it forward to participate. On this episode, 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. A clinical trial involves testing new treatments, whether it is a new drug or a new combination of older therapies. It's the patients themselves who hold the greatest benefit when we hit those singles and doubles, and hopefully home runs in our clinical trials. - Dr. Rod Rocconi Find out why Dr. Rocconi and Dr. JYP are proponents and fans of clinical trials and how clinical trials can provide the best care for patients in accordance with MCI's research mission. Key Takeaways – Clinical trials/studies are a standard of care, plus something extra that we hope will give an additional benefit to the patient. – The first consideration of any clinical trial is always: first, do no harm. – Every major discovery we've had in cancer has come on the shoulders of a clinical trial. – Clinical trials improve care and treatment options for other current patients and those down the road. – Patients are actually receiving treatment; we're trying to determine which regimen is better for that patient. – Be in charge of your health care, and be an advocate for yourself. The Docs Said: The advantage of being at Mitchell Cancer Institute and other academic cancer centers is that you may be invited to participate in a clinical trial. - Dr. Rod Rocconi We classify any type of patient research in two categories, one of which is what we call clinical research. The second is clinical trials. - Dr. Rod Rocconi A clinical trial doesn't always mean something new. It could be an older medication that we are trying in a new way. - Dr. Rod Rocconi Every major discovery we've had in cancer has come on the shoulders of a clinical trial. And that's a testament to the patients who are actually participating in them. - Dr. Rod Rocconi The patient benefit is getting something new and different that we think might work better than our current treatment strategy. - Dr. Rod Rocconi We're here to listen to our patients, listen to their concerns, talk about clinical trials -- which ones are good for them, which ones might not be good for them -- and help them through their cancer journey. - Dr. Rod Rocconi Never Miss an Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show. Like us on Facebook Want us to deliver the Cancering Show to your email inbox? Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com. ////// Thanks for listening to the Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Please subscribe, rate and review the Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving. Sponsor The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute at the University of South Alabama. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope. Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute? Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health. To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.

27mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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Fear, Anxiety and The Chasing Tiger

On this episode, Dr. 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. Patients and their physicians need to recognize any abnormal behavioral changes and determine if any excessive anxiety and depression are a physiological reaction to their treatment, or something more. To curtail the psychological issues of a cancer diagnosis, patients need to surround themselves with a positive and caring team of family and friends who will help them in their cancer fight. If there is a more significant problem, their physician can look into pharmaceutical treatment options or schedule an appointment with a counselor or other mental health professional. Key Takeaways: Fear is a natural response to a real threat. Anxiety is an exaggerated fear that doesn't fit with what the facts tell you. Chemotherapy changes the brain chemistry of a patient and can increase the chance of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common phenomenon with the diagnosis of cancer. A patient needs to feel a sense of some control as opposed to being controlled by the cancer. Whether a patient uses fight or control, they don't need to feel like a passive victim. A cancer patient needs to have a supportive team of optimistic family, friends, physicians, medical staff, and possibly cancer survivor support groups. Never Miss an Episode Please subscribe to the Cancering Show. Like us on Facebook Want us to deliver the Cancering Show to your email inbox? Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com. ////// Thanks for listening to the Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Please subscribe, rate and review the Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving. The Docs Said: To a patient, living with cancer can be similar to the concept of having a tiger behind them. I try to help my patients to see cancer as a nuisance, not something that's going to control their lives, but something they just have to put up with as they go about living their lives. Fatigue comes as much from the psychological as the physical - chemotherapy and radiation - that takes a toll on the patient. Cancer patients don't have a guarantee. Unfortunately, life doesn't give us guarantees. Sponsor The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute at the University of South Alabama. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope. Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute? Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health. To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.

26mins

11 May 2020

Rank #10