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The Our Cancer Journey Podcast is a place for those impacted by Cancer, their caregivers and loved ones. Together we explore ways we can optimize our lives through the experiences of diagnosis, treatments and beyond into the future of Survivorship.


This is the show where together, we will explore ways to help YOU feel better, live happier, expand your self-empowerment, and enhance your life experience. It is more than a podcast about medicine, or even Cancer. It is about you, the Whole Person, and tips, ideas and strategies to possibly improve your cancer journey and make your life better.

Our Cancer Journey Podcast Bruce Watkins

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 47 Ratings

The Our Cancer Journey Podcast is a place for those impacted by Cancer, their caregivers and loved ones. Together we explore ways we can optimize our lives through the experiences of diagnosis, treatments and beyond into the future of Survivorship.


This is the show where together, we will explore ways to help YOU feel better, live happier, expand your self-empowerment, and enhance your life experience. It is more than a podcast about medicine, or even Cancer. It is about you, the Whole Person, and tips, ideas and strategies to possibly improve your cancer journey and make your life better.

    #017 - Lymphedema & Lymphatic System Intro - Part-1 - Dr. Paula Stewart

    #017 - Lymphedema & Lymphatic System Intro - Part-1 - Dr. Paula Stewart

    About This Episode: 
    If you've been diagnosed with a disease or had a major injury, you may have heard your Doctor talk about their focus on your “lymph nodes.” But do you know much about the lymphatic system, and how important the flow of lymphatic fluid is in your body?
    Lymphedema is the disease that could affect cancer patients or anybody that has sustained an injury that could disrupt our bodies lymphatic system. Because this amazing fluid collection system in our body operates so effectively, it's only in times when our bodies are compromised and lymphatic fluids begin building up in affected areas that many of us we learn of its existence.
    Dr. Paula Stewart, President of the Lymphology Association of North America, joins the Our Cancer Journey Podcast in this Part-1 of a two-part interview for the program. In this first episode Host Bruce Watkins and Dr. Stuart discuss how the lymphatic system was discovered, what it is and how it works, and the way the lymphatic system keeps our body healthy.
    Problems with the flow of lymphatic fluids can cause serious harm to our body, and people that have had surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and possibly immunotherapy to address illness are at higher-risk of developing the disease of Lymphedema. This episode and it's Part-2 companion are important for all patients and their caregivers to hear, because the topic is difficult for medical professionals to explain, and it's often times misunderstood by patients. 
    Patients knowing the signs of lymphedema and seeking early intervention is critical to preventing the more serious affects of this disease. Host Bruce and Dr. Paula make a point to breakdown this complicated topic into very accessible and easy to understand concepts so everyone can benefit from this information.
    STAY TUNED for PART-2 of the interview with Dr. Stewart:
    COMING SOON - #018 - Lymphedema & Effective Lymphatic Therapies - Part-2 - Dr. Paula Stewart
    ANNOUNCING SEASON 2 of the OCJ Podcast!
    The improbably positive and up-beat podcast that explores ways to help YOU feel better, live happier, expand your self-empowerment, and enhance your life experience, IS BACK for its 2nd Season! We are so excited about the engaging guests, insightful topics and fun banter in our upcoming line-up that we had to share just a few of the memorable moments with you in advance!! 
    HEAR the Season 2 Trailer for the Our Cancer Journey Podcast Trailer by clicking here:
    https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/2022/03/30/014-season-2-trailer-for-the-our-cancer-journey-podcast-with-bruce-watkins/
    Have fun listening to the clips from the Trailer, this sonic ride, and don’t miss a new show by Following the Our Cancer Journey Podcast on your podcast apps, by following the show’s Official Facebook Page, or by visiting the Official Our Cancer Journey Podcast Website! 
    References and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
    Lymphology Association of North America website: https://www.clt-lana.org/
    Books by Dr. Paula Stewart:
    100 Questions & Answers About Lymphedema
    https://www.amazon.com/100-Questions-Answers-About-Lymphedema/dp/0763749893/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1M0Z7XMBOWTTX&keywords=lymphedema+stewart&qid=1655756319&s=books&sprefix=lymphedema+stewart%2Cstripbooks%2C72&sr=1-1Lymphedema Wellness Manual: The Interactive Lymphedema Management System for Patients and Therapists
    https://www.amazon.com/Lymphedema-Wellness-Manual-Interactive-Management/dp/0985866403/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1M0Z7XMBOWTTX&keywords=lymphedema+stewart&qid=1655756319&s=books&sprefix=lymphedema+stewart%2Cstripbooks%2C72&sr=1-4
    Episode Guest: Paula JB Stewart MD
    Paula JB Stewart MD, MS CLT-LANA graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human
    Biology and a Masters in Neurobiology. After graduating from Medical School at the University
    of Minnesota in 1987, she completed her residency in PM&R at the Mayo Clinic in 1991. Dr. Stewart went on to established one of the largest lymphedema clinics on the Eastern seaboard in Charlotte, NC at

    • 33 min
    #016 - How Loneliness, Cytokines, Inflammation are Linked to Chemo Brain (CRCI) — Part 2 - Dr. Arash Asher

    #016 - How Loneliness, Cytokines, Inflammation are Linked to Chemo Brain (CRCI) — Part 2 - Dr. Arash Asher

    About This Episode: 
    Picking up where our Part-1 episode with Dr. Arash Asher left off, Host Bruce Watkins and Dr. Asher dive deeper into factors that cause and/or enhance the common experience of chemo brain, or cancer-related cognitive impairment (CRCI). 
    In this episode, we learn how the experience of chronic loneliness can “up-regulate” our genes to produce more inflammatory agents called Cytokines. In the previous Part-1 episode, Dr. Asher described how these inflammatory cytokines can cross the blood brain barrier and wreak havoc on our concentration and memory.
    CLICK HERE to Read the FULL SHOW NOTES
    If you have not yet listened to the Part-1 episode installment of the interview with Dr. Asher, you can find it here: #015 – What is Chemo Brain, Cytokines & Accelerated Aging – Part 1 – Dr. Arash Asher
    Direct Link to Episode #015: https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/2022/04/12/015-what-is-chemo-brain-cytokines-accelerated-aging-part-1-dr-arash-asher/
    ANNOUNCING SEASON 2 of the OCJ Podcast!
    The improbably positive and up-beat podcast that explores ways to help YOU feel better, live happier, expand your self-empowerment, and enhance your life experience, IS BACK for its 2nd Season! We are so excited about the engaging guests, insightful topics and fun banter in our upcoming line-up that we had to share just a few of the memorable moments with you in advance!! 
    Check out this Season 2 Trailer episode, enjoy the sonic ride, and don’t miss a new show by following the Our Cancer Journey Podcast on your apps, by following the OCJ show’s Facebook page, or by visiting the Official Our Cancer Journey Podcast Website! 
    Episode Guest:
    Dr. Arash Asher, MD - Director of Cancer Survivorship & Rehabilitation at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai. 
    Episode Host: Bruce Watkins:
    A Father, Cancer survivor, producer, podcaster, writer & content creator, speaker, voice-over artist, facilitator/moderator, avid traveler, cultural explorer, humanitarian, giving-back & minimalist evangelist, music enthusiast, former Corporate people leader, and curious soul who transformed into an unapologetically optimistic and unpretentious advocate of Life-Optimization for all. 
    After surviving Cancer and other life-changing experiences in 2017, Bruce gave away most of his possessions, left his home behind and began traveling, writing, volunteering, and giving back. 
    https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/about-our-cancer-journey-bruce-watkins/
    https://www.brucewatkins.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brucewatkins/
    About the Podcast: If you are just discovering the Our Cancer Journey Podcast with Bruce Watkins, …….
    This Podcast is a place for those impacted with illness, their caregivers, their loved ones, and everyone wishing to prevent illness and enhance their life. 
    Learn more about the Our Cancer Journey Podcast:
    The Our Cancer Journey Podcast Official Webpage:
    https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/ 
    Follow Our Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/ourcancerjourneypodcast
    Subscribe for Free to the OCJ Newsletter:
    https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/contact/

    • 26 min
    #015 - What is Chemo Brain, Cytokines & Accelerated Aging - Part 1 - Dr. Arash Asher

    #015 - What is Chemo Brain, Cytokines & Accelerated Aging - Part 1 - Dr. Arash Asher

    About This Episode: 
    What is “Chemo Brain?” The term started several decades ago when cancer patients tried to describe a number of symptoms they experienced during and after cancer treatments. These symptoms seemed to affect their mind’s clarity of thought and effective information recall. Also referred to as "Chemo–Fog” back in the day, the phrase was initially popularized by patients getting chemotherapy. It's spread quickly in groups like the breast cancer community, who often would gather together in infusion centers to receive their periodic chemotherapy treatments. 
    Some people thought they were crazy, because no one had communicated to them that the symptoms could occur. But his patients learned that others were experiencing similar things, they began asking more questions. In some cases, their doctors were dismissive. Other times their practitioners did try to get to the root of the symptoms. But, because little was known about the condition at the time, these efforts were not successful. 
    As patience became aware that the symptoms were far more common than first suspected, they became more vocal about requesting help, and advocating for its recognition.
    Dr. Arash Asher of the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, joins they Our Cancer Journey Podcast to walk us through some of the more common symptoms of this condition. He then candidly discusses why medical professionals were so perplexed when initially hearing about this condition. Dr. Asher shares new science about the deeper understanding of the inflammatory cytokines* protein our bodies produce, and the theories of how these play a significant role in affecting our cognitive function.
    * - You may have heard the term "cytokines" before as they are directly linked to some of the worst symptoms patient’s could experience with COVID-19
    Dr. Asher also shares some statistics about people being affected with these symptoms, and the good news is a large majority of people recover from the initial severity of this “foggy” experience. 
    Finally, patients that have never had chemotherapy also experienced similar symptoms to those described as Chemo Brain. Because those patients were largely excluded from the conversation, a new and more accurate term has been developed to describe this condition: CRCI - Cancer Related Cognitive Impairment 
    ANNOUNCING SEASON 2 of the OCJ Podcast!
    The improbably positive and up-beat podcast that explores ways to help YOU feel better, live happier, expand your self-empowerment, and enhance your life experience, IS BACK for its 2nd Season! We are so excited about the engaging guests, insightful topics and fun banter in our upcoming line-up that we had to share just a few of the memorable moments with you in advance!! 
    Check out this Season 2 Trailer episode, enjoy the sonic ride, and don’t miss a new show by following the Our Cancer Journey Podcast on your apps, by following the OCJ show’s Facebook page, or by visiting the Official Our Cancer Journey Podcast Website! 
    Episode Guest:
    Dr. Arash Asher, MD - Director of Cancer Survivorship & Rehabilitation at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Asher has a special interest in the physical and rehabilitative needs of cancer survivors who continue to experience the effects of their cancer and its treatment. He has led in the development of several unique cancer survivorship programs, each with the goal of optimizing physical, psychological, and spiritual resilience for patients with cancer.  
    Dr. Asher has also focused on improving outcomes for cancer patients and his expertise in the non-pharmacologic management of pain, cancer-related fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, neuropathy, exercise prescription for cancer patients, and the management other musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Asher is active in leading or participating in several studies, including evaluating the role of Qi Gong* for chemo-ind

    • 30 min
    #014 Season 2 Trailer for the Our Cancer Journey Podcast with Bruce Watkins

    #014 Season 2 Trailer for the Our Cancer Journey Podcast with Bruce Watkins

    About This Episode: 
    The improbably positive and up-beat podcast that explores ways to help YOU feel better, live happier, expand your self-empowerment, and enhance your life experience IS BACK for its 2nd Season! 
    We are so excited about the engaging guests, insightful topics, and fun banter in our upcoming line-up that we had to share just a few of the memorable moments with you in advance!! And we are still recording new episodes for this season, so even more fascinating interviews and solo-shows are on the way.
    In this new season of the Our Cancer Journey Podcast, Host Bruce Watkins interviews leading Doctors, researchers, healthcare & support professionals, and inspiring Cancer patient advocates. Bruce continues to dive deep into ideas and experiences with his guests to find great takeaways for us all. And, of course, you’ll hear vulnerable moments, meaningful commentary, and the same fun, informal, and conversational-style discussions that the OCJ Podcast is known for and our listeners have come to love.  
    So check out this trailer episode, enjoy the sonic ride, and don’t miss a new show by following the Our Cancer Journey Podcast on your apps, following the show’s Facebook page, or by visiting the Official Our Cancer Journey Podcast Website! 
    EXTRA FUN FACT! Be sure to listen all the way to the end of the episode to hear Bruce share just how much he enjoys doing the show! 
    Episode Guests: This special “Season 2 Trailer” episode includes highlights from just a few of this season's upcoming interviews. Guests featured in this episode include:
    Dr. Arash Asher, MD - Director of Cancer Survivorship & Rehabilitation at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai
    Dr. Drew Moghanaki MD - Thoracic Radiation Oncology Researcher as well as Professor and Chief of Thoracic Oncology in the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology.
    Dr. Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD - Professor, Medical Director, Center for Integrative Health and Wellness Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati
    Jeffrey Wertheimer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN - Associate Director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Chief of Psychology and Neuropsychology Services, Director of Clinical Training, Neuropsychology
    Dr. Mao Shing Ni, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, cofounder of the award-winning Tao of Wellness center and Yo San University, and best selling author
    Levi Waldron - Associate Professor - Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
    Bin McLaurin - Cancer Patient Advocate & Program Coordinator of the Wellness, Resilience and Survivorship programs at Samuel Oshin Comprehensive Cancer Institute - Cedars-Sinai Cancer
    Liz Morasso, LCSW, OSW-C - Clinical Social Worker III, Department of Radiation Oncology - UCLA Health System
    Kathleen Ross- Allee - Certified Yoga Therapist & Director of Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University 
    Joe Bulllock - Cancer Patient Advocate. Administrator for The Howling Place Facebook group @manuptocancer.com and Program Manager for Colontown Junior with Colontown.org
    Angela C. Lai, L.O.M., MSTOM - Licensed Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine Practitioner - UC Health Integrative Medicine
    Episode Host: Bruce Watkins
    A Father, Cancer survivor, media producer, podcaster, writer & visual content creator, speaker, voice-over artist, facilitator/moderator, avid traveler, cultural explorer, humanitarian, giving-back & minimalist evangelist, music enthusiast, former Corporate people leader, and curious soul who transformed into an unapologetically optimistic and unpretentious advocate of Life-Optimization for all. 
    After surviving Cancer and other life-changing experiences in 2017, Bruce gave away most of his possessions, left his home behind and began traveling, writing, volunteering, and giving-back. 
    https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/about-our-cancer-journey-bruce-watkins/
    https://www.brucew

    • 15 min
    #013 - Season 1 Retrospective and New Insights - PART 2 - with Bruce Watkins

    #013 - Season 1 Retrospective and New Insights - PART 2 - with Bruce Watkins

    This PART 2 installment of a two-episode show continues our retrospective started in Episode #012 – Season 1 Retrospective and New Insights – PART 1. Host Bruce Watkins takes a look back at just a few meaningful moments from Episodes #006 through #011 from Season One of the Our Cancer Journey Podcast with Bruce Watkins. 
    Besides providing new reflections and some great takeaways, after playing selected clips from these episodes, Bruce also shares additional insights, some fun feedback from listeners, and off-microphone moments that occurred while recording the show.
    Why a retrospective show?
    While the majority of the OCJ audience “Follows” the program and listens to every episode … (thanks for that!), the show’s audience is continuing to grow exponentially, so this type of show gives new listeners a chance to sample these valuable past episodes. But, even long-time dedicated fans of the Our Cancer Journey Podcast can enjoy Bruce’s newly-taped reflective insights, and his sharing of some candid and personal thoughts about his experience recording the podcast.
    For example, at the end of the program, Bruce shares some personal insights about how the popular OCJ-show closing came about. And in a rare moment, Bruce opens-up while telling a listener’s story about its meaning to them, and the meaning of that and other listener’s comments to Bruce.  
    So, if you have just recently discovered the program or you have sampled just a few of the OCJ episodes, these two ‘reflection shows’ are for you!
    Listen to the Full Episodes mentioned in this show:
    #006 – Your Mindset and You – Part 1 – with Bruce Watkins
    [ https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/2021/04/02/006-your-mindset-and-you-part-1-with-bruce-watkins/ ]
    #007 – Your Mindset and You – Part 2 – Stories – with Bruce Watkins
    [ https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/2021/04/09/007-your-mindset-and-you-part-2-stories-with-bruce-watkins/ ]
    #008 – Ovarian Cancer, Giving Back and Australian’s AusLitTeal Awareness – Sirin Steele
    [ https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/2021/05/02/008-ovarian-cancer-giving-back-and-australians-auslitteal-awareness-sirin-steele/ ]
    #009 – From Caregiver, to Surviving Cancer, to Patient Support Advocate Part 1 – Joe Bullock
    [ https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/2021/06/08/009-from-caregiver-to-surviving-cancer-to-patient-support-advocate-part-1-joe-bullock/ ]
    #010 – Motivation to Action, Just Say YES & OCJ is Back!! – Bruce Watkins
    [ https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/2021/09/05/010-motivation-to-action-just-say-yes-ocj-is-back-bruce-watkins/ ]
    #011 – Lung Cancer Advocacy – Terri Ann DiJulio & The Gift Of Our Beautiful Lives
    [ https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/2021/10/04/011-lung-cancer-advocacy-terri-ann-dijulio-the-gift-of-our-beautiful-lives/ ]
    SEASON 2 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
    Season 2 of the Our Cancer Journey Podcast is COMING SOON! Stay tuned to our webpage, the OCJ Facebook Page and upcoming bonus ‘trailer’ episodes announcing the new season’s premier date! 
    Thanks for your support!
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    Guest(s): Host Bruce Watkins with various guest from past show clips including:
    Terri Ann DiJulio
    Joe Bullock
    Sirin Steele
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    About the Podcast:
    Check out the Our Cancer Journey Podcast Official Webpage:
    https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/
    Follow Our Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/ourcancerjourneypodcast
    Subscribe for Free to the OCJ Newsletter:
    https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/contact/
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    Episode Host: Bruce Watkins
    A Father, Cancer survivor, podcaster, writer & content creator, speaker, voice-over artist, facilitator/moderator, avid traveler, cultural explorer, humanitarian, giving-back & minimalist evangelist, music enthusiast, former Corporate people leader, and curious soul who transformed into an unapologetically optimistic and unpretentious advocate of Life-Optimization for all. 
    After surviving Cancer and other life-changing experiences in 2017, Bruce gave away most of his possessions, left his home behind

    • 32 min
    #012 - Season 1 Retrospective and New Insights - PART 1 - with Bruce Watkins

    #012 - Season 1 Retrospective and New Insights - PART 1 - with Bruce Watkins

    About This Episode:
    This PART 1 installment of a two-episode series takes a look back at just a few meaningful moments from the 1st season of the Our Cancer Journey Podcast. Host Bruce Watkins provides new reflections on some great takeaways provided in OCJ’s Episodes 2 through 5 from Season One, and after playing selected clips from the shows, Bruce also shares some additional insights and off-microphone moments that occurred while recording the show.
    While the majority of the OCJ audience “Follows” the program and listens to every show … (thanks for that!), even dedicated listeners of the Our Cancer Journey Podcast can enjoy Bruce’s newly-taped reflective insights, and his sharing of some candid and personal thoughts about his experience recording the podcast.
    If you have just recently discovered the program or you have sampled just a few of the OCJ episodes, these two ‘reflection shows’ are for you!
    Listen to the Full Episodes mentioned in this show:
    #002 – Restorative Yoga and Your Cancer Treatment Recovery – Kathleen Ross-Allee
    #003 – Restorative Yoga Part 2 – Tips for Your First Oncology Yoga Class & Recovery – Kathleen Ross-Allee
    #004 – BONUS – Show Launch Update and Our Cancer Journey Podcast Website & Facebook
    #005 – Intro to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Part 1 – Angela Lai, L.O.M.
    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
    Season 2 of the Our Cancer Journey Podcast is COMING SOON! Stay tuned to our Official Webpage, the OCJ Facebook Page and upcoming bonus ‘trailer’ episodes announcing the new season’s premier date! 
    Thanks for your support!
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    Guest(s): Host Bruce Watkins with various guests from past show clips including:
    Kathleen Ross-Allee - Certified Yoga Therapist / Educator
    Angela Lai, L.O.M.
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    About the Podcast:
    Check out the Our Cancer Journey Podcast Official Webpage:
    https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/
    Follow our Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/ourcancerjourneypodcast
    Subscribe for Free to the OCJ Newsletter:
    https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/contact/
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    Episode Host: Bruce Watkins
    A Father, Cancer survivor, podcaster, writer & content creator, speaker, voice-over artist, facilitator/moderator, avid traveler, cultural explorer, humanitarian, giving-back & minimalist evangelist, music enthusiast, former Corporate people leader, and curious soul who transformed into an unapologetically optimistic and unpretentious advocate of Life-Optimization for all. 
    After surviving Cancer and other life-changing experiences in 2017, Bruce gave away most of his possessions, left his home behind and began traveling, writing, volunteering, and giving-back. 
    https://www.ourcancerjourney.com/about-our-cancer-journey-bruce-watkins/
    https://www.brucewatkins.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brucewatkins/

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

A listening friend ,

Positive mindset over pain wins every time

This is a great podcast. I like how it takes a holistic approach to cancer. Cancer is a disease that takes over the body, and in many cases we let it take over our mind. In this podcast I’m reminded that if one part of my body is in pain it doesn’t mean that my whole body is. A great mindset and outlook is just as valuable as medicine . Thank you.

MusicGodCJPlain ,

Flawless

Brilliantly done. I wish my own show was half as polished. You’re a survivor man, keeep fighting the fight

NOLAgirl1689 ,

Fantastic

This show is much needed. Bruce is a natural talent, making the show an easy listen in your ears. He’s hopeful and forward-thinking, an inspiration no matter where you are in your cancer journey. Great work, keep it up!

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