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Breast Cancer Connection is an informative, conversation-based podcast created and hosted by the Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN). Designed for patients and caregivers alike, Breast Cancer Connection breaks down complex terms and topics through meaningful discussion with expert voices. It provides helpful information, resources, and authentic stories for those touched by breast cancer.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Breast Cancer Connection is an informative, conversation-based podcast created and hosted by the Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN). Designed for patients and caregivers alike, Breast Cancer Connection breaks down complex terms and topics through meaningful discussion with expert voices. It provides helpful information, resources, and authentic stories for those touched by breast cancer.

    Coping with Breast Cancer: Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond

    Coping with Breast Cancer: Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond

    Coping with the emotional toll of breast cancer – from diagnosis through to treatment and beyond – can be difficult for patients, as well as for their loved ones and caregivers. In this episode, Dr. Karen Fergus discusses the evolving needs of patients throughout their breast cancer journey, helpful resources and coping strategies, confronting mortality, and prioritizing life after cancer. This podcast episode was supported by Hoffmann-La Roche Limited.


    About Dr. Karen Fergus:
    Dr. Fergus is a clinical health psychologist at the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto, researcher, and professor of clinical psychology at York University.


    Helpful Links and Resources:
    For more information about coping with the shock of a breast cancer diagnosis and looking after your emotional wellbeing, visit: cbcn.ca/en/copingwithshock and cbcn.ca/en/emotional_wellbeing. Several support groups are also available for those seeking peer-to-peer services. 

    Want more Breast Cancer Connection? Check out our previous episodes: 
    Breast Cancer Stages and Types Explained Recurrence: Terms, Risks, and Steps for Prevention Breast Cancer and Personalized Care: What You Need To Know Working With Your Healthcare Team: Tips and Guidance 
    About the Canadian Breast Cancer Network
    CBCN is Canada’s leading patient-directed breast cancer health charity that voices the views and concerns of breast cancer patients through the promotion of information sharing, education, and advocacy activities. CBCN connects patients, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers, public health agencies, and industry stakeholders to improve knowledge translation and promote optimal health outcomes for Canadians with breast cancer. Learn more at cbcn.ca 

    • 30 min
    Working With Your Healthcare Team: Tips and Guidance

    Working With Your Healthcare Team: Tips and Guidance

    Living with breast cancer can mean endless medical appointments and a multi-person healthcare team. In this episode, guest expert Jennifer Newton provides tips and guidance for patients on how best to work with their healthcare team and how to get the most out of their (many) appointments. This podcast episode was supported by Hoffmann-La Roche Limited.


    About Jennifer Newton:
    Newton is an oncology nurse educator at The Ottawa Hospital, as well as a clinical instructor, simulation facilitator, and course author for Algonquin College’s Centre for Continued and Online Learning program. 


    Helpful Links & Resources:
    For more information about working with your healthcare team, visit: cbcn.ca/en/blog/our-stories/appointment-prep.

    Thinking about questions to ask your healthcare team about your diagnosis, treatment, and beyond? Check out our other Breast Cancer Connection episodes: 
    Breast Cancer Stages and Types ExplainedRecurrence: Terms, Risks, and Steps for Prevention Breast Cancer and Personalized Care: What You Need To Know

    About the Canadian Breast Cancer Network
    CBCN is Canada’s leading patient-directed breast cancer health charity that voices the views and concerns of breast cancer patients through the promotion of information sharing, education, and advocacy activities. CBCN connects patients, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers, public health agencies, and industry stakeholders to improve knowledge translation and promote optimal health outcomes for Canadians with breast cancer. Learn more at cbcn.ca.

    • 19 min
    Breast Cancer and Personalized Care: What You Need To Know

    Breast Cancer and Personalized Care: What You Need To Know

    Personalized healthcare is frequently referred to as the ‘future of breast cancer treatment’. In this episode, Dr. Nancy Nixon explains what it is, discusses the role of personalized healthcare in disease management, and talks about how it can help guide treatment decisions. This podcast episode was supported by Hoffmann-La Roche Limited.


    About Dr. Nancy Nixon:
    Dr. Nixon is a medical oncologist at Tom Baker Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary.


    Helpful Links and Resources:
    For more information on breast cancer treatments and clinical trials, visit cbcn.ca/en/systemic_therapy and cbcn.ca/en/clinical_trials_treatment.

    Interested in learning more about discussing treatment options and how best to work with your healthcare team? Stay tuned for a future Breast Cancer Connection episode on getting the most out of appointments with your healthcare team and visit cbcn.ca/en/blog/our-stories/appointment-prep.


    About the Canadian Breast Cancer Network
    CBCN is Canada’s leading patient-directed breast cancer health charity that voices the views and concerns of breast cancer patients through the promotion of information sharing, education, and advocacy activities. CBCN connects patients, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers, public health agencies, and industry stakeholders to improve knowledge translation and promote optimal health outcomes for Canadians with breast cancer. Learn more at cbcn.ca.

    • 15 min
    Recurrence: Terms, Risks, and Steps for Prevention

    Recurrence: Terms, Risks, and Steps for Prevention

    What is the likelihood of breast cancer coming back? For many patients, the risk of recurrence is a stressful concern that can significantly impact daily life – even after treatments are complete. Dr. Karen Gelmon discusses risk factors for breast cancer returning and ways to reduce the chances of recurrence. This podcast episode was supported by Hoffman-La Roche Limited.

    About Dr. Karen Gelmon:
    Dr. Gelmon is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Medical Oncologist at BC Cancer Agency at the Vancouver Cancer Centre.

    Helpful Links & Resources:
    For more information on breast cancer treatments,  visit cbcn.ca/en/blog/our-stories/immunotherapy-breast-cancer.

    To learn more about the different types of breast cancer and how to best work with your entire healthcare team, check out our other Breast Cancer Connection episodes:
    Breast Cancer Stages and Types Explained with Dr. Sandeep Sehdev, and visit: cbcn.ca/en/types-and-subtypes.

    Getting the most out of your appointments – Stay tuned for a future Breast Cancer Connection episode on this topic. For more information now, check out cbcn.ca/en/treatment_team. About the Canadian Breast Cancer Network:
    CBCN is Canada’s leading patient-directed breast cancer health charity that voices the views and concerns of breast cancer patients through the promotion of information sharing, education, and advocacy activities. CBCN connects patients, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers, public health agencies, and industry stakeholders to improve knowledge translation and promote optimal health outcomes for Canadians with breast cancer. Learn more at cbcn.ca

    • 21 min
    Breast Cancer Stages and Types Explained

    Breast Cancer Stages and Types Explained

    Stage I vs. Stage IV, ductal versus tubular – what does it all mean? In this episode, Dr. Sandeep Sehdev explains the terminology behind stages and types of breast cancer and discusses the importance of understanding what they mean for both doctors and patients. This podcast episode was supported by Hoffmann-La Roche Limited.

    About Dr. Sandeep Sehdev:
    Dr. Sehdev is a medical oncologist and lead of the breast cancer medical oncology group at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre.

    Helpful Links and Resources:
    For more information on breast cancer types and stages, visit cbcn.ca/en/types-and-subtypes and cbcn.ca/en/staging.

    Interested in learning more about how breast cancer stage/type affects treatment? Listen to our episode on personalized healthcare and visit cbcn.ca/en/systemic_therapy.

    About the Canadian Breast Cancer Network:
     CBCN is Canada’s leading patient-directed breast cancer health charity that voices the views and concerns of breast cancer patients through the promotion of information sharing, education, and advocacy activities. CBCN connects patients, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers, public health agencies and industry stakeholders to improve knowledge translation and promote optimal health outcomes for Canadians with breast cancer. Learn more at cbcn.ca 

    • 25 min

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