The Cancering Show

Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce

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. read less
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Episodes

Overcoming Ocular Melanoma with Ashley McCrary
Jul 3 2024
Overcoming Ocular Melanoma with Ashley McCrary
In this episode, Dr. JYP talks with Ashley McCrary, 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, Eye On Grace, which helps fund travel for cancer patients needing treatment. Ashley has participated in a clinical trial in Philadelphia for three years, significantly reducing the number and size of her tumors. She also introduces the Eye Patch Challenge to raise awareness and funds for research. Ashley's heartwarming relationships with her doctors, nurses and an Uber driver highlight the importance of community support. Dr. JYP highlights Ashley's resilience and dedication to making the most of every day, proving that even in the face of a tough diagnosis, maintaining a positive outlook and helping others can make a big difference. Enjoy this inspirational show! 3 Key Takeaways - The power of sweet friendships: Ashley values meeting new people and making connections on the cancer journey. Her acquaintances, such as Uber drivers, nurses and restaurant regulars, became fast friends and supporters over time. We all benefit by being intentional in our interactions and by taking the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others. - Investigating ocular melanoma cases: The unique grouping of ocular melanoma cases in Auburn, Alabama, and elsewhere garnered national attention, which has led to ongoing research to identify potential environmental factors and advance global research collaborations. - Supporting the fight against cancer: Focusing on the needs of others can be very beneficial for cancer survivors. Ashley raises funds to support fellow cancer patients through her Eye On Grace Foundation. Hear about her plans for the Eye Patch Challenge and her drive to aid others in their cancer battles.   Show Overview   02:15 Ashley's delayed response to a black spot on her eye 09:26 Unusual case attracts national attention, prompts research 10:26 49 Ocular melanoma cases linked to Auburn, Alabama 14:19 Diagnosed with metastatic disease 20:01 Participating in clinical trial and finding a silver lining 22:49 Getting access to crucial medical treatment 26:03 Eye Patch Challenge for cancer awareness 28:33 Support and friendships on the way to the airport 33:27 Inspiration and Eye on Grace project     Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Meet Your Cancer Team
Jun 19 2024
Meet Your Cancer Team
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 discusses alternative therapies, advising caution and open communication with oncologists about any such treatments. The goal of the cancer team is to provide comprehensive support to help patients feel like themselves and achieve the best possible outcomes in their cancer journey. Enjoy this information-packed episode.   3 Key Takeaways 1. Comprehensive Cancer Team: Learn about the different types of oncologists (medical, radiation, and surgical), and their distinct roles in your cancer care journey. Understanding these roles can help you better navigate and utilize your care team. 2. Essential Support Services: Discover the crucial nonclinical team members who can provide significant support, such as nurse navigators, financial counselors, nutritionists, social workers, and more. These professionals can help ease the burden of non-medical concerns. 3. Inclusivity of Care: Remember your existing healthcare providers, and keep them in the loop so that everyone is on the same page for your cancer treatment and beyond. Show Overview 02:39 Introduction of the types of doctors and their roles on your cancer team. 05:39 Nurses and nurse practitioners are integral to your care. 08:13 Cancer center services include navigators and medical support. 13:42 Support groups provide helpful advice and mentorship for cancer patients. 17:47 If needed, ask the team for help with anxiety and depression. Some alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, can relieve discomfort in cancer patients. 19:48 JYP cautions against using herbal supplements for cancer treatment.These should always be cleared by the cancer team.
Summertime Cancering
Jun 5 2024
Summertime Cancering
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. Never Miss an Episode Please subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Clinical Trials, Biomarkers and Cancer Astronauts with Fred Neubauer
May 22 2024
Clinical Trials, Biomarkers and Cancer Astronauts with Fred Neubauer
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 discusses his advocacy work, highlighting how helpful it is for patients to access their medical records easily and participate in clinical trials to find the best possible care and advance the science for others. Throughout the episode, Fred talks about maintaining a positive outlook and staying active in his hobbies, such as DIY projects and car restoration. The episode highlights how personal determination, along with medical advancements, can transform cancer treatment, providing hope and improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with rare cancers. 3 Episode Key Takeaways 1. Importance of Biomarker Testing: Fred Neubauer's conversation with Dr. JYP highlights the crucial role of biomarker testing in accessing targeted therapies that have significantly impacted his treatment for cholangiocarcinoma, a rare bile duct cancer. He emphasizes the need for cancer patients to pursue such testing to tailor treatments specifically to their genetic cancer profiles, which can lead to more effective disease management and better outcomes. 2. Value of Clinical Trials: The episode underscores the value of participating in clinical trials, especially for patients with rare and advanced stage cancers. Clinical trials offer access to the latest treatments and technologies, such as histotripsy and other targeted therapies that are not yet widely available but can be life-saving. 3. Support and Advocacy: Fred Neubauer's journey from receiving a dire prognosis to becoming an expert in his own care and a patient advocate serves as a powerful testament to the importance of support, education, and advocacy. His story inspires those who are Cancering to be proactive in their healthcare, seek out resources like the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, and engage in community and mentorship programs to improve their health and quality of life. Fred's Resources https://www.ciitizen.com/https://www.genomicfocus.com/ https://cholangiocarcinoma.org/   fredneub@bellsouth.net     Show Overview 02:00 Fred, a five-year bile duct cancer survivor, shares his journey. 06:13 Stage 4 cancer, but tumors shrink. 08:02 Fred insists on biomarker testing for targeted treatment. 15:41 Genomic Focus helps find cancer clinical trials. 22:25 Fred values relationships with doctors and staff. 29:27 Fred's shares his hobbies as a DIYer, and celebrates his wife's birthday.
A Caregiver's Journey Through Brain Cancer With Michelle Matthews
Apr 24 2024
A Caregiver's Journey Through Brain Cancer With Michelle Matthews
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, the episode celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit in the face of cancer's challenges and offers support and guidance to those who are navigating the difficult terrain of cancer caregiving and grief. 3 Episode Key Takeaways 1. Cherish Every Moment and Seek Support: Michelle Matthews emphasizes the importance of valuing the time spent with loved ones, appreciating every shared experience, whether big or small, and the significance of leaning on support systems while cancering. She shares her personal story, highlighting how focusing on quality of life and support, including from strangers, helped her and Matt navigate his terminal glioblastoma diagnosis. It's a poignant reminder of the power of community and the strength found in togetherness. 2. Navigating Grief with Self-Care and Connection: The episode underscores the need for caregivers to take time for personal grief and recovery. Michelle reflects on her own coping mechanisms, such as dining with friends and journaling, and advises caregivers to watch out for negativity online. She found solace in connecting with others who faced similar losses, reinforcing that finding relatable support can be crucial for emotional well-being. 3. Advocacy and Informed Treatment Choices: Michelle's story conveys a powerful message about patient advocacy and informed decision-making. Faced with a terminal diagnosis and limited treatment options, Michelle and Matt consulted with their beloved oncologist, who encouraged them to explore treatment at Duke University. The narrative encourages second opinions and clinical trials, highlighting the importance of staying informed and being proactive. Show Overview 02:15 Unexpected love story blossoms from a workplace friendship. 03:39 Matt's lifelong connection to newspapering 07:28 Devastating news: brain tumor, possible glioblastoma 11:39 Michelle admires Matt's courage during his illness. 16:14 His oncologist encourages seeking second opinions. 19:53 Indulging in the little things improves quality of life. 24:12 Weekly dinners with a friend helps during tough times. 29:26 Avoid taking on others' emotional burdens. 32:17 Michelle felt lucky to work from home during Matt's treatment. 34:33 Michelle shares her reflections on grief. 37:30 Michelle and Matt's love story, and advice for others.
Advance Care Planning with Stephanie Broussard
Apr 10 2024
Advance Care Planning with Stephanie Broussard
In this episode, Dr. JYP talks with licensed clinical social worker Stephanie Broussard 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. Broussard shares why it's vital for everyone, even young adults, to have a plan for the person who will make medical decisions on their behalf. She stresses the importance of having conversations about what matters most to us in our care, especially when we are faced with a serious illness. Dr. JYP shares her own wishes to encourage listeners to think and talk about their end-of-life care goals and intentions. They conclude the episode with the agreement that advance care planning is “an act of love.” 3 Episode Key Takeaways 1. The Crucial Role of Advanced Care Planning: Stephanie Broussard underscores the importance of advanced care planning as a necessary step to empower both patients and their families in making informed decisions regarding end-of-life care. This is an ongoing conversation that centers around identifying personal goals, values, and priorities, ensuring that one's wishes are respected and that these discussions are recognized as acts of love that unite families during challenging times. 2. Distinguishing Palliative Care and Hospice: Broussard clarifies that while hospice care is a form of palliative care designed for individuals with a terminal prognosis of six months or less, palliative care in itself is broader and can benefit anyone with a serious illness, regardless of their stage of disease or age. The conversation with Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce delves into how palliative care encompasses the management of emotional, physical, and spiritual distress, aiming not just to alleviate symptoms but to improve overall quality of life for patients and their families. 3. The Role of Social Workers and the Need for Comprehensive Palliative Care: The episode explores the specialized role and training required for social workers within the domain of palliative care, with an emphasis on the necessity for a more comprehensive palliative care intervention. There's a discussion about how reactive versus proactive integration of social work can affect outcomes, advocating for a holistic approach where every team member, including social workers, is involved from the beginning to manage symptoms, provide support to caregivers, and address psychosocial needs. Show Overview 01:21 Palliative care explained 04:12 Social worker Stephanie Broussard addresses emotional suffering in patients. 11:34 Different roles for social workers involved in palliative care 15:13 Hospice focuses on a person’s quality of life. 20:18 Advance care planning is an ongoing process. 21:16 Importance of advance directives and conversations with family 25:21 Discussing end-of-life care and medical power of attorney 28:45 Broussard shares insights on palliative care and planning
Five Years of Survivorship with Gina Gregory
Mar 26 2024
Five Years of Survivorship with Gina Gregory
In this episode, Dr. JYP talks with Gina Gregory, 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 celebrated five years of survivorship, she continues to take her medication and stay healthy. She also highlights the importance of finding support, maintaining humor and connecting with others. Hear More From Gina GregoryCancering Show EP5: Warrior Princess Gina Gregory 3 Episode Key Takeaways 1. Embracing Survivorship with a Balanced Approach: Gina Gregory shares her journey as a five-year cancer survivor, emphasizing the long-term nature of Cancering. She touches on the importance of a balanced diet that isn’t solely focused on “natural” foods, and the need for regular workouts. Survivorship is a process, she says, involving a combination of medical follow-ups, maintaining a positive mindset, and making wise lifestyle choices. 2. The Power of Community and Openness: Gina openly discusses the challenges she faced during and after her treatment, including unexpected side effects, such as receding gums and tinnitus, and her coping strategies, such as weightlifting to build strength and humorous storytelling for emotional resilience. She also underscores the value of having shared her experiences on Facebook Live, which provided catharsis and engaged her community. Gina and Dr. JYP also discuss the necessity of staying connected with healthcare professionals and support networks to fend off online misinformation about cancer and survivorship. 3. Advancements in Cancer Care and Long-Term Impact: The latest advancements in cancer treatments, such as immunotherapy, have significantly improved the outlook for patients and the quality of survivorship. Gina expresses gratitude for the care she received at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute and speaks about her current activities, including her role on the Mobile City Council. This episode underscores how cancer survivors can find strength and a new perspective on life during the journey.   Show Overview 02:23 Adjusting and forgetting: The new normal emerges 05:05 Surviving cancer treatment, dealing with side effects 06:33 Sharing the Cancering journey publicly 11:40 Post-diagnosis focus on healthy eating and exercise 15:04 Experiencing side effects, but managing well 16:43 Diagnosis and treatment, facing the whirlwind and moving forward 19:27 Immunotherapy and new medications 24:36 Staying vigilant, remaining positive and trusting the professionals 27:30 Supportive colleagues during the illness 29:24 Valuable advice for cancer patients Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer with Dr. Ayesha Munir
Mar 20 2024
Triple Negative Breast Cancer with Dr. Ayesha Munir
In this Cancering episode, Dr. JYP is joined by oncologist Dr. Ayesha Munir 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 miss as we unravel the layers of breast cancer, health disparities, and the path forward toward equitable healthcare access and improved outcomes.   3 Episode Key Takeaways 1. Health disparities significantly impact breast cancer outcomes and require national-level solutions and equitable healthcare access. African American women have a higher risk of triple negative breast cancer, highlighting potential biological differences and the impact of systemic racism.  2. Immunotherapy shows promising results in improving outcomes for aggressive triple negative breast cancer.  3. Stress and cortisol levels may impact disease biology, particularly in the Black population.  Show Overview 01:00 Focus on immunotherapy breakthroughs. 04:35 Interest in health disparities, focusing on breast cancer. 07:53 Health disparities awareness and support for communities. 13:02 Improving outcomes amid breast cancer disparities. 16:36 Research suggests biological differences, with impact from systemic racism. 20:01 Progress in breast cancer treatment includes immunotherapy. 21:08 Immunotherapy improves outcomes for triple negative breast cancer patients. 32:15 Importance of providing financial relief for patients.
Therapeutic Gardening With Barbara Boone
Mar 13 2024
Therapeutic Gardening With Barbara Boone
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 discuss the value of enjoying nature and the impact of wildlife in gardens. Barbara learned to ask for help during her cancer battle and stresses the significance of support groups like the Sisterhood of Survivorship, which was created especially for GYN cancer survivors. The conversation concludes by recognizing the importance of emotional healing and the positive changes that can emerge during a cancer journey. Enjoy the show! 3 Key Takeaways 1. Therapeutic Benefits of Gardening: Barbara Boone shares her firsthand experience of the therapeutic effects of gardening during her cancer treatment, highlighting how daily activities such as weeding and caring for her vegetable garden provided a sense of accomplishment and normalcy. Gardening has been shown to boost mood, promote immunity, and provide a healthy distraction for cancer survivors. Dr. JYP adds the importance of safe gardening tactics, especially for those with compromised immune systems. 2. The Importance of Community and Support: Barbara’s journey underscores the significance of community involvement and support groups for emotional healing for those who are cancering. She discusses the importance of the Master Gardener program and the Sisterhood of Survivorship (SOS) support group, revealing how connecting with these communities helped her cope with her endometrial cancer diagnosis and treatment. Both Barbara and Dr. JYP emphasize the need for patients to seek out resources that can be helpful and supportive. 3. Adapting and Giving Back: Throughout the episode, Barbara emphasizes how her cancer diagnosis changed her, leading to an increased desire to give back to the community. Even during her most challenging times, she found ways to contribute, whether through the Master Gardener program, compiling a newsletter or mentoring other patients. Barbara and Dr. JYP discuss how such efforts to contribute and support others can aid in a patient's own healing process and foster a sense of purpose and positivity. Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Cancer as a Chronic Disease
Feb 28 2024
Cancer as a Chronic Disease
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 activity, and for most patients, it is a chronic disease even after the initial treatment. This highlights the need for long-term follow-up, potential maintenance medications, and ongoing management. 2. Lifestyle Impact: For cancer patients, lifestyle changes like getting more sleep, reducing stress, stopping smoking, changing eating habits, and adding more exercise can positively impact the outcome of cancer treatment and decrease the chances of recurrence. 3. New Normal and Survivorship: Dr. Pierce encourages patients to embrace the concept of a "new normal" after cancer treatment, acknowledging that there may be chronic changes but also the opportunity to see life in a brighter, more joyful way. It's about thriving in the new normal and living the best life possible. Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Choosing Previvorship with Haley Orillion
Jan 24 2024
Choosing Previvorship with Haley Orillion
In today's episode, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce is joined by the brave and resilient Haley Orillion, who shares her powerful story of undergoing risk-reducing surgeries after learning she carries a BRCA gene mutation. From the societal pressures she faced to the emotional aftermath of her surgeries, Haley opens up about her experiences and ongoing challenges. Dr. Pierce guides us through Haley's journey, emphasizing the importance of support and advocacy, and breaking down complex information for listeners. Join us as we delve into the emotional and practical aspects of genetic mutations, survivorship, "previvorship," and their impact on individuals and families. This episode is brought to you by the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, the only academic cancer research and treatment facility on the upper Gulf Coast.   3 Key Takeaways 1. Genetic testing: Haley's decision to undergo genetic testing for a BRCA gene mutation underscores the importance of considering family history and seeking medical advice. Individuals with a family history of certain cancers can seek genetic testing and counseling to assess their risk and make informed decisions about their health. 2. Societal pressures and beauty standards: The societal pressures Haley faced when making decisions about her surgeries highlight the need for support and understanding. It's essential to foster a culture that embraces diverse experiences and empowers individuals to make choices that align with their health and well-being. 3. Empowerment through sharing: Haley's journey illustrates the transformative power of sharing personal stories to support others facing similar challenges. By breaking down complex information and presenting options, she aims to make a difference and provides guidance for family members and individuals in similar positions.   Show Overview 01:31 Haley diagnosed with BRCA1 gene mutation. 05:21 Genetic testing guidelines for young adults explained. 09:09 BRCA gene mutations increase risk for certain cancers. 10:40 Genetic testing and recommended cancer screenings. 16:50 'Previvor' description resonates despite feelings of uncertainty. 22:18 Approaching family with empathy, information and support. 25:25 Sharing personal stories to help others heal. 27:40 Encouraging genetic testing for those who may be at risk.     Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Miss Mobile Bay: Childhood Cancer Survivor Turned Activist
Jan 17 2024
Miss Mobile Bay: Childhood Cancer Survivor Turned Activist
In this inspiring episode, we meet Hannah Adams, a 13-year cancer survivor and an extraordinary advocate for childhood cancer research. Hannah shares her story of overcoming cancer at a young age, her journey to becoming Miss Mobile Bay and her relentless pursuit of her dreams. Hannah's resilience and dedication are truly remarkable, from her experience lobbying in Washington, D.C., to founding the nonprofit H.U.G.S. 4 Childhood Cancer. Prepare to be moved by her inspiring journey and her message of hope and empowerment. Join us as we delve into Hannah's incredible story and her impactful work in the fight against childhood cancer. 3 Key Episode Takeaways 1. Relentless pursuit: Despite facing childhood cancer at age 5, Hannah relentlessly pursued her dreams. From lobbying for childhood cancer legislation to founding H.U.G.S. 4 Childhood Cancer, she has dedicated her life to making a difference. 2. Advocating for change: Hannah's advocacy work focuses on policy change and legislation for childhood cancer research funding. Her efforts have resulted in the approval of eight bills in eight state legislatures, securing $98.8 million in funding for this important cause. 3. Empowering future leaders: Through her involvement in the Miss America organization, Hannah demonstrates her passion for inspiring young women to pursue their dreams fearlessly. She serves as a shining example of leadership and resilience. Follow and Keep Up With Hannah Adams Instagram LinkedIn hannahleeadams.com   Show Overview 00:00 Meet Hannah Adams. 03:21 Hannah diagnosed with rare cancer, treated, now survivor.  08:58 Cancer diagnosis affects family unit, sibling included. 12:48 Advocating for childhood cancer policy change and funding.  16:58 Inspiring hospital visit with children battling cancer. 19:21 Received grant, raised awareness. 22:06 Women supporting women, inspiring next generation of leaders. 25:43 Supporting cancer research and treatment in Alabama.   Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Cancering through the Holidays: Navigating Emotions and Celebrations
Dec 20 2023
Cancering through the Holidays: Navigating Emotions and Celebrations
In this holiday special episode of The Cancering Show, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce discusses the unique challenges that cancer patients face during the holiday season. Drawing on classic Christmas and holiday movies, she offers guidance on managing mixed emotions, navigating events, adapting to food restrictions, and providing support as a caregiver. Additionally, she addresses the financial hardships many cancer patients experience and emphasizes the gift of presence as the most meaningful present during the holidays. Throughout the episode, Dr. JYP extends support and encouragement to cancer patients, reminding them that they are not alone in their struggles. This episode is brought to you by the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, dedicated to advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond. Happy holidays and enjoy this special episode.   Happy Holidays and have a Happy New Year!     Dr. JYP says:   "Remember that your gift is your presence. You do not need to expend your energy on a single present for any person. Your friends and family just want you to be there and to be present fully, to really be in the moment and to enjoy your family members. Get your rest, conserve your energy, and then show up for those family events because they really just want you to be there with them."       3 Key Episode Takeaways   - It's OK to have mixed emotions during the holidays. Seek joy in the little moments, and don't hesitate to ask for extra support from those who understand what you're going through.   - Prioritize your safety and well-being. Whether it's attending events, dealing with food restrictions or experiencing financial hardships, know that it's OK to ask for help and make adjustments to accommodate your needs.   - For caregivers, simplicity and being present are the most valuable gifts you can give. Children remember the moments, not the material things. Focus on spreading love and joy with lower stress this holiday season. Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Managing Mental Health With Cancer
Nov 13 2023
Managing Mental Health With Cancer
In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce discusses mental health and its impact on cancer patients. She emphasizes the importance of addressing mental health concerns and seeking help, as they can affect the overall quality of life and even survival. Dr. Pierce explains that mental health encompasses external factors (such as basic needs and purpose) and internal factors (such as anxiety and depression). She advises patients to assess their ability to engage in daily activities and seek help if they cannot. The oncology team is a good starting point for support, as they have expertise in the unique relationship between mental health and cancer. Dr. Pierce also highlights the connection between depression and pain, and the importance of treating both. Red flags to watch out for include missing appointments, excessive tearfulness or anxiety, and isolating oneself     Episode Takeaways    1. Mental health underlies every aspect of our lives, including our energy, focus, decision-making and even our ability to get out of bed. It is crucial to address and prioritize mental health when facing a cancer diagnosis.    2. Stress and anxiety are normal reactions to a cancer diagnosis. However, it's important to recognize when these feelings become overwhelming and hinder your ability to live your desired life. Don't hesitate to reach out for support and resources.    3. Your oncology team should be the starting point for addressing mental health concerns. Oncologists and their team are well-versed in the unique challenges of balancing mental health and cancer, and can provide a comprehensive approach to support you through your journey.  Show Overview 00:01:57 Mental health affects cancer survival, experience. 00:04:57 Navigators help cancer patients manage mental health. 00:06:42 Cancer center teams help navigate mental health. 00:11:33 Mental health in cancer treatment: Seek alternatives. 00:14:24 Cancer centers offer support programs for patients. Online groups and caregivers also have resources. 00:17:15 Depression and recurrence in cancer treatment. Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Navigating Pain On The Cancer Journey 
Nov 13 2023
Navigating Pain On The Cancer Journey
In this episode of The Cancering Show, Dr. JYP explores the topic of pain and its connection to cancer. She shares a powerful personal story highlighting the importance of addressing and managing pain in cancer patients. She also discusses the types of pain that can arise during the cancer journey, the difference between cancer pain and treatment pain, and when to communicate with your doctor about your pain. Dr. JYP also relates strategies for managing pain at home and the importance of finding the right pain relief methods. Join us as we delve into this crucial aspect of Cancering.    Key Episode Takeaways    1. Pain management is a top priority. Patients with cancer deserve the best possible experience with the least amount of pain and suffering. It is crucial for healthcare providers to prioritize pain management throughout the treatment journey.    2. Communication is key. Open and honest communication between patients and their healthcare team is essential in effectively managing pain. Patients should feel empowered to express their pain levels and concerns so that they receive appropriate treatment.    3. Layering pain medications is an important strategy. Rather than starting with the highest dose of a single medication, a layered approach to pain management can provide maximum relief with minimal side effects. Working closely with your healthcare provider, different pain medications can be combined to effectively manage pain.  Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Let's Talk About Nausea and Cancer
Nov 13 2023
Let's Talk About Nausea and Cancer
Welcome to another episode of The Cancering Show, where we demystify cancer and take away the fear surrounding its diagnosis and treatment. In this episode, Dr. JYP delves into the topic of nausea, which can be a side effect of cancer treatment. She addresses the various causes of nausea and explains how cancer treatments can affect the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. JYP also provides valuable advice on managing and treating stomach-related symptoms, including medication use and seeking guidance from healthcare providers. Additionally, she emphasizes the importance of staying in touch with your doctor and seeking help if symptoms persist or worsen. So, grab a cup of tea, sit back, and join us as we explore symptom and side-effects management in cancer treatment.       Key Episode Takeaways    1. Nausea can be caused by various factors during cancer treatment, including GI tract slowdown, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, radiation treatments and even immunotherapy. Identifying the underlying cause is crucial for effective treatment.    2. Treatment for nausea starts with the medicine your doctor prescribes, usually given through an IV on the day of chemotherapy. If you experience daily nausea, ask your doctor about a nausea prevention patch. Addressing underlying issues such as acid reflux, constipation or diarrhea is also important.    3. Don't suffer in silence! Reach out to your healthcare provider if you're experiencing persistent nausea or vomiting. They can provide IV fluids, IV nausea medicine and alternative medication options such as patches or medication delivered under the tongue or rectally. Keeping in touch with your provider is vital to prevent dehydration and further complications.  Never Miss an Episode Please subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Local Research, Global Cure with Beth Davis
Oct 17 2023
Local Research, Global Cure with Beth Davis
Welcome to The Cancering Show, where we demystify cancer and take away the fear surrounding its diagnosis and treatment. In this episode, Dr. JYP is joined by Beth Davis from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama to discuss the importance of research in improving outcomes for breast cancer patients. With 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it is crucial to invest in research. The BCRFA is unique in that it funds breast cancer research exclusively in Alabama, with an investment of almost $1.3 million in 24 research projects last fall and $14 million since its inception. Beth shares the foundation's goals for 2023 and highlights the various ways it raises funds, including special events and corporate sponsorships. They also delve into the impact of research on breast cancer outcomes, with 4 out of 5 women now surviving the disease. The episode concludes with important information on early detection and resources available to Alabamians. Join us as we explore the power of research in the fight against breast cancer. 3 Key Episode Takeaways 1. Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama: The BCRFA is a unique organization that funds breast cancer research exclusively in Alabama. It has invested almost $1.3 million in 24 research projects across the state, including at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute and other renowned organizations, and $14 million since its inception. 2. Local Impact, Global Reach: BCRFA's grants stay in Alabama, supporting researchers and institutions working tirelessly to improve outcomes for breast cancer patients. By investing in cutting-edge treatments, prevention tools, and diagnostic techniques, the foundation is making a significant impact on the lives of individuals within our community and beyond. 3. Getting Involved: There are several ways to support BCRFA's mission. You can attend their special events, contribute through corporate sponsorships or individual donations, and even get a breast cancer research specialty license plate. Every action, no matter how small, plays a vital role in furthering breast cancer research efforts. Show Overview 00:00:41 Cancering Intro: recognizing, coping, fighting, and thriving. 00:06:32 Importance of genetics counseling and early detection 00:08:29 Breast cancer bill aims to eliminate co-pays. 00:11:38 Inequality in Alabama healthcare leads to organization's founding. 00:16:58 Research to improve breast cancer treatment. 00:20:51 Goal: cancer-free state through research funding. 00:25:15 Breast cancer awareness: research, hope, and support. 00:26:21 USA Health fights cancer with science.   Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Listener Questions Part 2
Apr 4 2023
Listener Questions Part 2
In this episode, host Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce answers listener questions about cancer. She explains where cancer can travel in the body, how treatments can be tailored to individual patients, how technology has changed cancer diagnosis and treatment, and the importance of psychological and physical support for cancer patients and their caregivers. Plus, Dr. Pierce provides helpful advice on topics ranging from financial support and support groups to home remedies and tips for sex after cancer treatment. Tune in for an informative and candid conversation about the challenges of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Episode Takeaways - Cancer can spread to any part of the body depending on the type of cancer and how it is growing.  - Cancer treatment is tailored to the individual patient, taking into account all of their risk factors, energy levels, and logistical needs. - Prevention is the most successful form of cancer treatment, which includes staying up to date with cancer screenings, genetic tests, and recommended vaccines.  - Technology has changed how cancer is diagnosed and treated, making it more precise and less toxic. Additionally, psychological supports are available for cancer patients and their caregivers, including social workers for financial and other real-life stressors. - It is important to have a holistic approach to cancer treatment, combining Eastern and Western medicine, as well as safe over-the-counter medications, supplements and physical therapy.  - Establishing a connection between partners is important for a healthy sex life after cancer. Activities such as going on dates and holding hands can be helpful. - Men and women may have different needs when it comes to sex after cancer, and it is important to talk to a doctor and find the right balance for both partners. Impotence can be an issue, and there are options available to help.     Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Care For The Caregiver with Dr. Nick Dionne-Odom
Mar 15 2023
Care For The Caregiver with Dr. Nick Dionne-Odom
This episode of the Cancering Show focuses on the importance of caregivers in the cancer journey. Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce talks with Dr. Nick Dionne-Odom, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and co-director of Caregiver and Bereavement Support Services in the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care. They discuss what it means to be a caregiver, how caregiving for someone with a terminal diagnosis is different from caring for those with earlier stage cancers, the physical and mental toll that caregiving can take, and the resources available to help caregivers.  Plus, Dr. Nick Dionne-Odom discusses his research on cancer caregiving. Dr. Dionne-Odom has developed several programs to help family caregivers of cancer patients manage stress and cope with the challenges of caregiving. He discusses his research findings, which show that these programs are beneficial for caregivers, and provides advice on how family and friends can help caregivers. He also talks about the importance of having access to one-on-one support for caregivers, no matter where they live. Lastly, he discusses the grieving process and the types of support available for those who have recently lost a loved one. "We find that many caregivers that we work with have this feeling that they need to be available 24/7 to this person, be there at all times, and that all activities, all priorities need to be centered around the patient. If one does that and you do not take care of your own health, that is not a sprint; it is a marathon. And being able to take care of yourself is actually a very important way that you can take care of this person."  – Dr. Nick Dionne-Odom   Episode Takeaways:  Caregivers are essential in the cancer journey.  Caregiving for someone with a terminal diagnosis is different than caring for those with earlier stage cancers.  Caregiving can have a physical and mental toll on the caregiver.  It is normal to feel anxiety and depression when caring for someone with cancer.  There are resources available to help caregivers.  Dr. Dionne-Odom has developed programs to help family caregivers of cancer patients manage stress and cope with the challenges of caregiving. Caregivers often experience isolation and may not want to burden their social networks.  Offering specific types of assistance (e.g. cutting the grass, walking the dog, picking up the mail, doing the laundry, making meals etc.) is more likely to be accepted.  There is no one-size-fits-all approach to grieving. Everyone processes loss differently, and it can take months and even years to go through the process.  There is support available for those who have recently lost a loved one, such as the Medicare hospice benefit. Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.
Precision Medicine for Cancer with Dr. Nate Jones
Mar 9 2023
Precision Medicine for Cancer with Dr. Nate Jones
On this episode of The Cancering Show, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce is joined by GYN oncologist Dr. Nathaniel Jones from USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute to discuss advances in precision medicine for cancer treatment. They will explore what precision medicine is, how it can help inform treatment, and what effect it has on patients. They will also discuss data showing the effects of precision medicine, as well as its future implications, giving us a better understanding of the significant impact that precision medicine has made on oncology. Enjoy the show. ////// Never Miss an EpisodePlease subscribe to The Cancering Show 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. USA Health Mitchell Cancer InstituteThe Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. 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.