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The More Than Pink Podcast is designed to give listeners an insight on what is happening in the field of breast cancer research, treatment, screening and survivorship. Through each episode, experts in various fields share their knowledge directly with you through guided conversations on a variety of topics. You can subscribe to our podcast here, or find it on iTunes, Soundcloud, Sticher or TuneIn. If you have any questions, or comments, please email us at email@example.com.
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Series 1: Breast Cancer Basics
Nancy Brinker, Founder Susan G. Komen
“It’s going to be more than a race. It’s going to be an event for survivorship. It’s going to be an event where people can talk to one another openly and without shame and embarrassment. Share their journey’s. That’s really what it’s going to be.”
~ Nancy Brinker describing the very first Race for the Cure
Susan G. Komen founder Nancy Brinker talks about how it all began and the impact the organization has had on breast cancer.
Dr. Debra Patt, Texas Oncology
“Decisions around cancer are not what they were 10 years ago when it was all about stage. And they are not just talking about molecular phenotyping.”
~ Dr. Debra Patt talking about the new conversations happening in health care
Dr. Debra Patt is a practicing oncologist and breast cancer specialist in Austin, Texas, and a vice president of Texas Oncology. She is an active leader in breast cancer research, serves on the US Oncology Research breast cancer committee, and chairs the breast cancer subsection of the pathways task force for The US Oncology Network. In this episode she talks about the evolution of breast cancer care and where we go from here.
Jennifer Felch, Komen Austin Board of Directors, Survivor
“You have to spend more time selecting your caregiver, your doctor, than you do finding a new hairstylist.”
~ Jennifer Felch shares her family’s story of breast cancer
Having watched her mother go through breast cancer, Jennifer knew her risk was high. She shares with us her journey and the steps she took to catch her cancer early and what happened when she became a patient. Today Jennifer uses her experience to help influence and impact others as a member of the Susan G. Komen Austin Board of Directors.
Dr. Virginia Brown, Dell Medical School
“While genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger.
~ Dr. Virginia Brown talking about how being a woman of color is only half the battle
African American women experience a significantly higher mortality rate than any other ethnicity. The reasons are complex and Virginia Brown, MA, PhD, an Assistant Professor at Dell Medical School in the Department of Population Health has dedicated her career to helping communities understand why and how this is the case. Our discussion is about more than just breast cancer, it’s about figuring out how to make substantial changes in the system to truly find health equity.
Greg Lee, LIVESTRONG Foundation
“Being a financial person for much of my life, I’ve seen a lot of line item budgets, but I’ve never seen a cancer line item on a budget. Certainly if you did that it would single-handedly be the largest dollar amount in the budget.”
~ Greg Lee talking about the impact of a cancer diagnosis on an individual
Prior to becoming President of LIVESTRONG in 2016, Greg Lee served as its Chief Financial Officer for nearly 10 years, responsible for the integrity and operation of all financial, accounting, technology and compliance activities for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. LIVESTRONG focuses on the person with cancer, not just the disease itself. We discuss the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis/treatment as well as more than just the “out of pocket cost” that goes along with it.
Series 2: Research and the Cutting Edge
Dr. Vineet Choudhry, Northstar Surgery Specialists
“Breast cancer is a very scary thing. Knowledge is power. The first thing that we talk about when I sit down with a patient is what it means and what the treatment options are, and how to go through this in a step-by-step fashion.”
~Dr. Choudhry talking about the importance of clinical trials
Dr. Vineet Choudhry, MD is a general surgery specialist in Austin, TX and has been practicing for 10 years. He graduated from The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College Of Medicine in 2003 and specializes in general surgery. Dr. Choudhry and Suzanne discuss clinical trials, specifically cryoblation treatment.
Karen Durham, Advocate In Science
“I have a daughter. And I don’t want my daughter or anyone else’s daughter or son to ever hear the words, ‘You have breast cancer’.”
~Karen Durham (July 7, 1951 – March 26, 2018)
Karen was an integral member of the Komen family, and we are proud to share this special episode. She will be dearly missed.
Learn more about clinical trials here.
Dr. Adrian Lee, University of Pittsburgh
“Each day we’re finding new ideas about how breast cancer starts and how it metastisizes. These are exciting times.”
~ Dr. Lee talking about his research at the University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Lee is Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, and Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Pittsburgh Foundation Chair in Precision Medicine. Lee received his B.Sc. and PhD in England, and came to San Antonio for his postdoctoral studies. He was subsequently recruited to Baylor College of Medicine and now the University of Pittsburgh. Dr Lee serves on numerous other national peer-review committees, and is on the Scientific Advisory Council for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In this episode, Lee discusses with Suzanne advances in breast cancer research and new ideas in treatment.
Series 3: Survivorship
Marla Blaylock, Komen Austin Board Member, Survivor
“It wasn’t until I stepped my foot out the door of my last radiation treatment that the financial chaos started.”
~ Marla Blaylock talking about her personal financial journey as a breast cancer survivor
Marla Blaylock is the CEO and Founder of Blue Lotus Systems. BLS is an established Austin based full-service IT Services provider with 14 years of history, that brings together world-class experts in strategic IT disciplines. She is also a Komen Austin board member and a breast cancer survivor. In this episode, Blaylock discusses the financial burden that settles after treatment is over.
Dr. Dawn Hershman, Columbia University Medical Center, Komen Scholar
“The reality is that cancer survivors are more likely to die of heart disease sometimes than they are of breast cancer.”
~ Dr. Dawn Hershman talking about dealing with survivorship
Dawn Hershman is a tenured professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University, where she leads their breast cancer program, and a nationally recognized expert in breast cancer treatment, prevention, and survivorship. She is also a Komen Scholar. In this episode, Hershman discusses the different struggles of survivorship and coping with the emotional effects of the treatment. After the treatment, survivors grapple with what has happened to them and the possibility of recurrence in the future. Many struggle with both the health and financial issues they are left with in the aftermath of treatment.
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