11 episodes

Cancer is Tough, but YOU are TOUGHER! is hosted by Dr. Gary Onik, adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and former professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Onik pioneered image guided tumor ablation, an invention that has saved the lives of 10’s of thousands of patients and initiated a 4th branch of cancer treatment called “Interventional Oncology.” He introduced with Prof. Boris Rubinsky the “Nanoknife,” an electrical method for treating pancreatic cancer that can’t be surgically removed, which has been shown to double the life expectancy in this patient population and created a simple way of making a cancer vaccine out of a patient’s own tumor and successfully treated his own terminal prostate cancer using this invention.

Join Dr. Onik as he explores the intersection of the mind, body and the spiritual and its relationship to sickness and healing, specifically cancer. Coping with it, pursuing the best treatment for you and helping your partner/family/friend moving forward. Dr. Onik’s podcast is uniquely personal. Rather than focusing on advances in technology and clinical therapies, he explores the heart of a patient’s and family’s cancer journey. He delves into the inner emotional and spiritual resources patients and loved ones need to address, deep concerns such as:

-Choosing a treatment strategy that harmonizes with their worldview and life’s goal
-Grappling with traditional state-of-the-art vs. outside-the-box options
-Finding the meaning of cure vs. healing

This podcast is for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.

Cancer is Tough, but YOU are TOUGHER‪!‬ Gary Onik

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Cancer is Tough, but YOU are TOUGHER! is hosted by Dr. Gary Onik, adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and former professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Onik pioneered image guided tumor ablation, an invention that has saved the lives of 10’s of thousands of patients and initiated a 4th branch of cancer treatment called “Interventional Oncology.” He introduced with Prof. Boris Rubinsky the “Nanoknife,” an electrical method for treating pancreatic cancer that can’t be surgically removed, which has been shown to double the life expectancy in this patient population and created a simple way of making a cancer vaccine out of a patient’s own tumor and successfully treated his own terminal prostate cancer using this invention.

Join Dr. Onik as he explores the intersection of the mind, body and the spiritual and its relationship to sickness and healing, specifically cancer. Coping with it, pursuing the best treatment for you and helping your partner/family/friend moving forward. Dr. Onik’s podcast is uniquely personal. Rather than focusing on advances in technology and clinical therapies, he explores the heart of a patient’s and family’s cancer journey. He delves into the inner emotional and spiritual resources patients and loved ones need to address, deep concerns such as:

-Choosing a treatment strategy that harmonizes with their worldview and life’s goal
-Grappling with traditional state-of-the-art vs. outside-the-box options
-Finding the meaning of cure vs. healing

This podcast is for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.

    Unpacking The Cancer Box: Resources for the Body, Mind and Soul with Rachel and Jamison Dye

    Unpacking The Cancer Box: Resources for the Body, Mind and Soul with Rachel and Jamison Dye

    Dr. Onik talks with Rachel and Jamison Dye, founders of The Cancer Box, a resource designed by cancer survivors to empower others on their journey from victim to victor. But before The Cancer Box was born, there was the cancer. 
    In 2018 Rachel and Jamison were living an idyllic life in Washington state with their growing family. An avid runner, Rachel went for her usual five-mile run around the lake, a route she’d been running since she was a teenager. Two days later, in sudden and tremendous pain, she was rushed to the ER and admitted for emergency surgery. Rachel had a golf-ball sized tumor removed from her colon, woke up with a colostomy, and for several days awaited test results. The verdict? Metastatic Stage IV Colon Cancer. The 27-year-old mother of three was told she may only have six months to live. 
    Not only did Rachel and Jamison not fully understand the diagnosis, but they also knew little about cancer. “The first thing we did was just breath,” recalls Jamison. Next, they called Rachel’s parents and their pastors. 
    The couple intuitively knew they had to take some time to decide how to move ahead, but the pressure to act quickly given a death-sentence-diagnosis is tremendous. They didn’t just want a physical treatment plan; they wanted a spiritual and emotional plan too. The hope they lacked came from a nurse who told them of someone she knew who beat the same cancer and Rachel leaned into her belief that she would live. 
    Dr. Onik and the Dyes discuss some KEY COMPONENTS of their strategy: 
    ++ Determining who’ll be on your “team” 
    ++ The importance of “soul-care”? 
    ++ How to choose an oncologist 
    ++ Diving into the research 
    ++ Becoming your own advocate 
    ++ Building a nutrition plan specific to your body’s physiology 
    ++ Learning to navigate emotional trauma 
    Jamison, a project manager by trade, began doing the research and building the support team while Rachel recovered from surgery. The couple continued to follow their own path, emphasizing the importance of prayer, trusting themselves and God. One day at a time, Rachel made progress, healing in many areas of her life. After Rachel entered remission, the couple began processing all they’d been through. They had amassed loads of information and began wondering, “What does life look like now?” 
    The Cancer Box was born. 
    The couple decided to lean further into their experience and create the resource they wished they’d had on their journey. Already being peppered with questions from others battling cancer they knew they had developed a knack for coming up with meaningful solutions. The Cancer Box is a monthly subscription of tools and resources for the body (e.g., vitamins, snacks), mind (how to handle side effects) and soul (uplifting reading material) to empower people to take charge of own their care or aid someone they love. 
    The Dyes experience has brought them something unexpected that they deeply cherish—an even closer relationship to God. Dr. Onik too has no doubt that he was given cancer to prove a point (although he says he didn’t like it at the time) and that is, prayer combined with his unique treatment DO WORK! Remarkably, Rachel says she wouldn’t change it. “Even if I could undo my cancer, I wouldn’t because I can see how God was using it in our lives and our marriage and our family to refine and change my heart.”  
    Rachel has been cancer-free for over a year. 
    Dr. Onik wraps up by answering your questions. To submit a question to the Mailbag, use the contact page on Dr. Onik’s website. 
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    To learn more visit https://www.thecancerbox.com/  
    Facebook | YouTube | Instagram @the_cancer_box  
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    For over 40 years Dr. Gary Onik has been pioneering advances in cancer treatment that have rocked the field of oncology, inventing an entirely new branch of cancer treatment now known as “Interventional Oncology” based on his innovative minimally invasive tech

    • 58 min
    Composing A Plan for Healing from Cancer with John Tesh

    Composing A Plan for Healing from Cancer with John Tesh

    Dr. Onik talks candidly with internationally celebrated recording artist, composer, concert pianist and radio/television personality, John Tesh. His Intelligence for Your Life radio show currently airs on 350 stations and reaches 14 million people each week and his memoir, Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit, and Faith is now available wherever books are sold. 
    These two men have more in common than you might think. Both had incurable cancer. Both turned to their faith for healing. Both are composers—Tesh of music and Onik of cancer treatments. They are both saving lives in different ways, allowing the Divine to work through them. 
    Like many cancer patients, Tesh’s journey with the disease began with receiving the gut blow prostate cancer diagnosis, which completely blindsided him and his wife of thirty years, Connie Sellecca. After a series of tests and biopsies, a doctor told him he’d better “get his affairs in order.” But with a background in research, it seemed like the best approach was to absorb themselves in learning as much as they could about surviving prostate cancer. As a result, he tracked down an expert, Dr. Ted Shaeffer, and was on his way to Johns Hopkins with some much-needed hope.  
    As a Christian, Tesh’s faith was a deep well for him to draw from, but it wasn’t until he was given the devastating news that his cancer had returned that he discovered the Bible’s teaching on Diving Healing. At the beginning of his journey his focus was on getting the cancer out of his body as fast as possible, understandably. When the cancer returned, this time in other areas of his body, the allopathic recommended course of action was a form of radiation treatment that would have impaired several of his bodily functions. The Teshs said, “No thanks,” and began to stand on God’s promises. 
    But the journey has not been without struggle. At one point Tesh took up drinking and using drugs to deal with his terminal diagnosis, until his wife said if he was giving up, then so was she. It was a sobering wakeup call. Several scriptures took on new meaning for him including Mark 11:23 and Proverbs 18:21 which says, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Thanks to what Tesh had learned from quantum physics he knew the power of words. He credits Connie for speaking life over him and helping his faith to grow. 
    On the other hand, once he discovered the Word’s healing power, his pride in standing on his faith alone almost killed him after he refused other treatments. Eventually he realized that all healing modalities can be used together for good. 
     
    Dr. Onik was at one time an empiricist—and atheistic scientist. But he continued to see miracles, patients opting for no treatment only prayer and being healed, for example. His eyes were opened and thankfully so. After having scans to find out what was going on in his own body, Dr. Onik diagnosed his own terminal metastatic prostate cancer. He was dealt the same blow. But he knew he was in God’s hands and within just hours he’d planned out his own treatment. Prayer was an integral part of his plan. “Every cancer type is really specific…But the one thing you can add to any cancer regiment is prayer.”  
    Dr. Onik believes the best course of treatment often encompasses multiple modalities. There are now excellent and extremely reliable ways of using new treatments such as focal therapy and cryo-ablation. Dr. Onik’s complete recovery included a surgical treatment of his own invention, along with prayer. Tesh’s experience was similar, using conventional cancer protocols along with prayer and lifestyle changes. Tesh’s journey took him to a new level of understanding of suffering, and its role in life. 
    The two men also agree on the importance of humor, and both have learned to view life’s circumstances through a more light-hearted lens. 
    Dr. Onik gives his advice to those who have received a cancer diagnosis a

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Five Things You Need to Know to Survive Cancer with Dr. Gary Onik

    Five Things You Need to Know to Survive Cancer with Dr. Gary Onik

    In this episode Dr. Gary Onik reveals the five things he believes everyone needs to know to survive cancer. An integrated oncologist and a pioneer in the field of cancer treatment for over 40 years, you could say Dr. Onik knows his subject front to back. But he’s also a cancer survivor, ironically of the very cancer he specializes in, advanced metastatic prostate cancer. He’s alive and well with no evidence of disease and wants to help others every day he lives.  “This is NOT about getting ready to die, it’s about lessening your anxiety…because your anxiety and your mental processes have a direct effect on your immunology.” Dr. Gary Onik 
    Get Dr. Onik’s advice on… 
    1—Finding the RIGHT oncologist for YOU, what to look for and how to conduct the research. 
    2—Taking responsibility for your own care, advocating for yourself, and researching outside the usual protocols including clinical trials. 
    3—Why YOU need the support of your loved ones and why THEY NEED to provide it. 
    4—The power of mobilizing as many people to pray for you as possible. Prayer works. 
    5—Finding comfort in faith and a higher power and accepting that some things are beyond understanding. 
    Dr. Onik closes with two things that help us successfully overcome when life’s tough: Purpose and Faith. 
     
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    For over 40 years Dr. Gary Onik has been pioneering advances in cancer treatment that have rocked the field of oncology, inventing an entirely new branch of cancer treatment now known as “Interventional Oncology” based on his innovative minimally invasive techniques. Both doctor and patient, he created a cancer vaccine and successfully treated his own terminal prostate cancer using his invention. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Onik is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, working closely with his colleagues to develop the next generation of cancer fighting technologies. His latest work, using immunotherapy to treat metastatic cancer, offers hope to those patients with literally no other options. 
    GARY ONIK https://www.garyonik.com/
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    • 35 min
    CONNECTING PRAYER, HOPE AND HEALING—A Conversation with Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey

    CONNECTING PRAYER, HOPE AND HEALING—A Conversation with Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey

    “I felt helpless, but I just prayed and prayed and prayed.” Lisa  
    Dr. Onik talks to Senior Executive Producer of the Emmy®-winning newsmagazine “Extra,” now in its 28th season, Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, who experienced an incredible spiritual transformation during her husband’s health crisis. Lisa had a typical Jewish upbringing in New Jersey, but her media career took her all over the country, having spent most of her career in California. One night, taking a call in her office at Extra, dressed in a gown about to attend the Emmys, she abruptly did an about face toward home. Her husband Gary had been told he had cancer on the back of his tongue. 
    From Gary’s unexpected heart surgery to radiation to chemo, Lisa began praying in her car, and reading Christian author Max Lucado for the peace it brought her. Then she started reading the New Testament. Gary fully recovered and didn’t seem to mind when Lisa read him passages from the Bible, having grown up Methodist, but converted to Judaism when they married. But it wasn’t until Gary got a call years later learning that the cancer had metastasized to his lung that he also got on the prayer wagon. 
    Today, alive and well, the couple remarkably have dedicated their lives to Jesus. They never miss a day of their early morning ritual together, spending time with God. 
    Dr. Onik asks Lisa, also known as the Doctor Whisperer, has your Christianity ever made you uncomfortable or affected your career? Lisa is quick to respond, “Not even for one second. I have a big forum to help other people,” and she uses it to spread hope. 
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    For over 40 years Dr. Gary Onik has been pioneering advances in cancer treatment that have rocked the field of oncology, inventing an entirely new branch of cancer treatment now known as “Interventional Oncology” based on his innovative minimally invasive techniques. Both doctor and patient, he created a cancer vaccine and successfully treated his own terminal prostate cancer using his invention. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Onik is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, working closely with his colleagues to develop the next generation of cancer fighting technologies. His latest work, using immunotherapy to treat metastatic cancer, offers hope to those patients with literally no other options. 
    GARY ONIK https://www.garyonik.com/
    CHECK OUT all our inspiring podcasts visit https://www.lifestough.com/ 

    • 40 min
    NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH—Part 2: A Conversation with Ralph Moss, PhD

    NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH—Part 2: A Conversation with Ralph Moss, PhD

    “Mother Nature doesn’t really care about our patent system. Things work or they don’t work.” Dr. Ralph Moss 

    Dr. Moss continues telling his story of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Laetrile coverup, his early experience with challenging the medical establishment and the personal and professional costs of telling (and not telling) the truth. Dr. Moss reveals the way drugs come to market and why so many treatments that can help patients aren’t prescribed, let alone make the headlines. 

    So, when the day came that Dr. Moss was MISTAKENLY told that he had advanced metastatic prostate cancer and there was nothing that could be done for him, how did he respond?  

    Listen for the happy ending! 

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    DR. RALPH MOSS & MOSS REPORTS https://www.mossreports.com/ 

    IMMUNOTHERAPHY: THE BATTLE WITHIN | 2020 DOCUMENTARY https://immunotherapyfilm.com/  

    SECOND OPINION | 2014 DOCUMENTARY https://www.secondopinionfilm.com/  

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    For over 40 years Dr. Gary Onik has been pioneering advances in cancer treatment that have rocked the field of oncology, inventing an entirely new branch of cancer treatment now known as “Interventional Oncology” based on his innovative minimally invasive techniques. Both doctor and patient, he created a cancer vaccine and successfully treated his own terminal prostate cancer using his invention. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Onik is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, working closely with his colleagues to develop the next generation of cancer fighting technologies. His latest work, using immunotherapy to treat metastatic cancer, offers hope to those patients with literally no other options.  

    DR. GARY ONIK https://www.garyonik.com/ 

    CHECK OUT all our inspiring podcasts visit https://www.lifestough.com/ 

    • 41 min
    NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH—Part 1: A Conversation with Ralph Moss, PhD

    NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH—Part 1: A Conversation with Ralph Moss, PhD

    “I’m coming up on my 50th year anniversary of my time as a science writer, writing almost exclusively about cancer...And I’ll tell you, it gets more and more interesting.” Dr. Ralph Moss 

    A graduate of NYU and Stanford University, medical writer Dr. Ralph Moss has been independently evaluating the claims of conventional and non-conventional cancer treatment for the past 35 years. But before he began writing books, he helped to leak the truth about an esteemed scientist’s research on a drug that could block cancer metastasis—when his bosses wanted him to lie. [More on that in Part 2!] 

    In Part 1 of this gripping conversation Dr. Moss talks about getting his start in medical research and writing, landing a job at the prestigious Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He sheds light on why oncologists treat patients with “cookbook methods,” the tremendous pressure on doctors not to deviate from medical guidelines and the connection between a doctor’s treatment plan and your insurance company. 

    His passion for helping people overcome cancer is clear. As a cancer survivor himself, he knows well the importance of his work.  

    LISTEN TO PART 2 of the conversation to learn THE SHOCKING TRUTH and WHAT IT COST. 

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    DR. RALPH MOSS https://www.mossreports.com/ 

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    For over 40 years Dr. Gary Onik has been pioneering advances in cancer treatment that have rocked the field of oncology, inventing an entirely new branch of cancer treatment now known as “Interventional Oncology” based on his innovative minimally invasive techniques. Both doctor and patient, he created a cancer vaccine and successfully treated his own terminal prostate cancer using his invention. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Onik is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, working closely with his colleagues to develop the next generation of cancer fighting technologies. His latest work, using immunotherapy to treat metastatic cancer, offers hope to those patients with literally no other options.  

    DR. GARY ONIK https://www.garyonik.com/ 

    CHECK OUT all our inspiring podcasts visit https://www.lifestough.com/ 

    • 42 min

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Informative and encouraging podcast

Everything in this podcast has been very helpful. When will you post more episodes?

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Amazing show!

Amazing show from an amazing doctor! Dr onik is a great man.

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Dr Onik is truly giving people hope.

I just listened to the interview with John Tesh and have shared it with my friends. I had watched the 2 part series about Dr Onik’s own cancer and his treatment and recovery. I am a believer in God and the power of prayer as is Gary. I think God is using Dr Onik in amazing ways. I am so thankful for the breakthroughs in cancer treatment This good man is making.

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