100 episodes

Dear Cancer, I’m Beautiful is the first podcast of its kind to bridge the gap between life-saving cancer treatment and fashion, beauty and wellness advice.

Host Melissa Berry is a veteran fashion and beauty publicist, eight-year Triple Negative Breast Cancer thriver and founder of CancerFashionista.com. She’s on a mission to help you reclaim your inner and outer beauty, and welcomes you to listen in as she chats with nipple tattoo artists, post-mastectomy lingerie designers, clean beauty gurus and everyone in between, because cancer isn’t beautiful…..but YOU are.

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    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Dear Cancer, I’m Beautiful is the first podcast of its kind to bridge the gap between life-saving cancer treatment and fashion, beauty and wellness advice.

Host Melissa Berry is a veteran fashion and beauty publicist, eight-year Triple Negative Breast Cancer thriver and founder of CancerFashionista.com. She’s on a mission to help you reclaim your inner and outer beauty, and welcomes you to listen in as she chats with nipple tattoo artists, post-mastectomy lingerie designers, clean beauty gurus and everyone in between, because cancer isn’t beautiful…..but YOU are.

    "Setting the Stage: The Ultimate Shopping Resource for Breast Cancer Patients" with Virginia Carnesale, founder and CEO of Stage

    "Setting the Stage: The Ultimate Shopping Resource for Breast Cancer Patients" with Virginia Carnesale, founder and CEO of Stage

    If you’re a breast cancer patient or caregiver seeking a one-stop-shopping resource, then look no further! Meet my friend Virginia Carnesale, founder and CEO of Stage. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, Virginia realized there was a significant lack of products designed to help cancer patients look and feel their best. 
    In 2022, she launched ShopStage.co, a mission-driven marketplace offering everything from expert interviews to stylish, treatment-tested products. On ShopStage.co, you can find all kinds of breast cancer-related fashion, beauty, and lifestyle solutions all in one place. 
    Join us as we dive into Virginia's inspiring story, explore the why behind her mission, discover how she finds and tests the products, and learn which ones are her favorites!
     

    • 48 min
    "Transforming Outcomes: The Critical Role of Clinical Trials in Advancing Breast Cancer Care for Black Women,” With Ricki Fairley, Founder of TOUCH, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance

    "Transforming Outcomes: The Critical Role of Clinical Trials in Advancing Breast Cancer Care for Black Women,” With Ricki Fairley, Founder of TOUCH, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance

    On National Clinical Trials Day, we're joined by my dear friend Ricki Fairley. She’s the founder of Touch, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance, and a 13-year triple-negative breast cancer survivor. 
    Ricki shares her journey, highlighting disparities faced by Black women in breast cancer care. We discuss the vital need for inclusivity in clinical trials, stressing their importance for everyone.
     

    • 40 min
    “Looking Ahead: The Future of Step Therapy and Hope for Cancer Patients” with Maxine Miller, Coordinator of Policy & Advocacy at Cancer Support Community

    “Looking Ahead: The Future of Step Therapy and Hope for Cancer Patients” with Maxine Miller, Coordinator of Policy & Advocacy at Cancer Support Community

    As part of my special podcast series, “Your Voice. Your Health.” focusing on step therapy, we're joined by Maxine Miller, a dedicated advocate and Coordinator of Policy & Advocacy at Cancer Support Community. 
    With a strong commitment to championing equity and access in healthcare, economics, and society, Maxine shares some advocacy efforts as well as groundbreaking research shedding light on the detrimental effects of step therapy protocols on patient health and well-being. Thank you to my sponsors Amgen, Merck and Daiichi-Sankyo for making this episode possible!
     

    • 41 min
    "Navigating the Emotional Journey of Hair Loss" with Y, Founder of The Women’s Hair Loss Project

    "Navigating the Emotional Journey of Hair Loss" with Y, Founder of The Women’s Hair Loss Project

    In this episode of "Dear Cancer, I'm Beautiful,”  I have the pleasure of introducing you to Y, the compassionate force behind the Women's Hair Loss Project. Join us as Y shares her personal journey through hair loss, shedding light on all of the emotional complexities that come with it. 
    With 17 years of dedication to empowering women, Y offers invaluable insights into reclaiming femininity and confidence despite the challenges of hair loss. 
    From practical advice on wig shopping to profound reflections on self-acceptance, this conversation is a must-listen for anyone navigating similar experiences. Tune in as we celebrate beauty in and honor the resilience of the human spirit.
     

    • 44 min
    "Beyond the Ink: Nipple Tattoos and Post-Mastectomy Art,” with Alison Mennor Founder of Lost & Found Tattoo Studio

    "Beyond the Ink: Nipple Tattoos and Post-Mastectomy Art,” with Alison Mennor Founder of Lost & Found Tattoo Studio

    Meet my new friend Ali, the founder of Lost and Found Tattoo in Cranford, NJ. In this episode of "Dear Cancer, I'm Beautiful,” we’re going to delve into Ali's journey as a tattoo artist specializing in both illustrative designs as well as nipple and areola tattooing for breast cancer survivors.
    Join us as we uncover Ali's passion for empowering women through her art and gain valuable insights into finding inspiration for meaningful tattoo designs.
    Whether you're considering a nipple tattoo or seeking a meaningful post-mastectomy design, Ali's expertise and compassion shine through, making this episode a must-listen for anyone who’s considering either option.
     

    • 34 min
    "Empowering Patients: Understanding Fail First, Step Therapy, and Care Pathways," with Dr. David Charles, Founding Member and Chief Medical Officer of the Alliance for Patient Access

    "Empowering Patients: Understanding Fail First, Step Therapy, and Care Pathways," with Dr. David Charles, Founding Member and Chief Medical Officer of the Alliance for Patient Access

    Join me and Dr. David Charles, Chief Medical Officer of the Alliance for Patient Access and a distinguished neurologist, for a dynamic discussion. In this episode, Dr. Charles sheds light on step therapy, fail-first protocols, and care pathways, revealing their impact on patient care. Explore how the Alliance champions patient education and advocates for healthcare policy improvements. Tune in to delve into the intersection of patient advocacy and healthcare reform with Dr. Charles and the Alliance. Thank you to Amgen, Merck and Daiichi Sankyo for making this episode possible!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Leslie Yerger ,

What an incredible intersection!

I think the intersection between having cancer and how we feel about how we look, which includes fashion, is a deep and personal subject that is rarely talked about, or even acknowledged. I really appreciate the deep dive into that.

Also, cancer effects us all in so many ways that the subject is very broad. Thank you Cancer Fashionista for this podcast, and for reminding us just how beautiful we are in so many ways!

It’s real, relatable, informative, personal, and warm. I highly recommend this podcast!

D-Mo24 ,

Impactful!

There are people who talk about touching lives and and there are people that actually do it. I’ve listened to several episodes and find the positive vibes to be contagious. Thanks for making a difference in people’s lives.

Denis

Rosie Mang ,

SO INSPIRING

I love this podcast! One of my favorites. There are always such valuable lessons to be learned for anyone, whether impacted by cancer or not, from each episode.

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