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A podcast about cancering. Seeing cancer as a part of life that touches every person and community is today’s reality and the spark for this podcast. Cancer is just something that we ALL have to recognize, acknowledge, cope with, live with, struggle with, rage upon, crush and even thrive with. This show is more than knowing and fighting or beating cancer. It's more than just relaying science, hope and technology. It's a platform for knowledge, stories, coping advice, life tips, inspiration, humor, jokes and even smiles. Together our purpose is to demystify cancer. Take away as much fear out of the diagnosis, treatment and process as we can. Defeat its grip on our lives. This is The Cancering Show.

The Cancering Show Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce

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A podcast about cancering. Seeing cancer as a part of life that touches every person and community is today’s reality and the spark for this podcast. Cancer is just something that we ALL have to recognize, acknowledge, cope with, live with, struggle with, rage upon, crush and even thrive with. This show is more than knowing and fighting or beating cancer. It's more than just relaying science, hope and technology. It's a platform for knowledge, stories, coping advice, life tips, inspiration, humor, jokes and even smiles. Together our purpose is to demystify cancer. Take away as much fear out of the diagnosis, treatment and process as we can. Defeat its grip on our lives. This is The Cancering Show.

    Cancer Lessons and Silver Linings with Glen Mutchnick

    Cancer Lessons and Silver Linings with Glen Mutchnick

    On this episode, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce talks with teacher, lymphoma survivor and author Glen Mutchnick about his book "Everybody's Got Tzuris," which documents his and others' cancer journeys. "Tzuris" is a Yiddish word that means difficulties, pain or troubles, and Glen says that having cancer definitely fits that bill and that everyone has some sort of difficulty in their lives. A lot of positive things came out of Glen's diagnosis, treatment and recovery. He used his cancer troubles as a lesson in his classroom, and he says his experience has taught him to "stop sweating the small stuff," and have more compassion and empathy for others.

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    Key Takeaways
    - Everyone is affected by cancer.
    - Don't Google your cancer diagnosis without also speaking to your cancer team and physician.
    - Patience, positive thinking and leaning in to hope is essential for the cancer patient, physician and the caregiver.
    - Appreciate every day and make each one count.
     
    Glen Mutchnick Said:
    Teaching my students about my condition was very important to me. The kids kept me alive and were my bright spot.
    I wanted to be my students' example of how cancer works.
    Every person has problems and difficulties. It's purely subjective.
    A lot of good came out of my cancer. I became a better person. I stopped sweating the small stuff.
    I tell people to take one day at a time. Try to appreciate every single day.
    The lesson is to put everything in perspective and try to be as compassionate and empathetic with others as you can.

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    Please subscribe, rate and review The Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
    Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving.


    USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute
    The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope.
     
     
     

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    Staying Ahead of Cancer with Dr. Phillip Fields

    Staying Ahead of Cancer with Dr. Phillip Fields

    On this inspiring episode, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce talks with Dr. Phillip Fields, professor of anatomy at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Fields was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and told to give up his passion - running. Refusing to let leukemia dictate his life, he has run more than 100 marathons, including one in every state and Canadian Province, since 2009. Hear how Dr. Fields' love of running keeps him ahead of cancer. Plus, he shares his cancer and running journey in his book "The Long Road Back To Boston: Marathon Running with Leukemia."

    Get Dr. Fields' Book >>>
    “The Long Road Back to Boston” is available here.
    All royalties from the sale of this book go to pediatric oncology.


    Key Takeaways

    - Keep or find a passion that help you through your treatment and the hard times.

    - Consult with your physician and cancer treatment team to see what exercise, hobbies and passions are OK with your cancer care and treatment plan.

    - A cancer diagnosis is not the end of life, it's a beginning.

    - Don't attempt the cancer journey by yourself.

    - Be knowledgeable about your cancer.


    Dr. Fields Said:
    We’re all going to die, so we may as well die doing what we love.

    As long as you have a goal, you’ve got something to look forward to. Once you reach that goal, you want to establish another goal.

    Mentorship has been a chance to share my story and get the word out to cancer patients that diagnosis is not the end of life; it’s the beginning.

    Don’t attempt the cancer journey by yourself. Always have somebody you can turn to that will share experiences with you.

    Be knowledgeable about the cancer.

    You constantly feel the fatigue associated with the leukemia. Because of the effects of chemotherapy, my marathon times got slower and slower. But I can’t imagine not being able to run.

    I’m about six states shy of running marathons in all the states a second time.


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    Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com.
     
    Thanks for listening to The Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute.
    Please subscribe, rate and review The Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
    Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving.


    USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute
    The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope.

    Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute?
    Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health.
    To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.
     
     

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    Detecting Hereditary Cancer with Cassie Gurganus

    Detecting Hereditary Cancer with Cassie Gurganus

    Did you know that there is a blood test that can tell you whether you are at higher risk to develop cancer during your lifetime? Today, we have Cassie Gurganus, a Certified Genetic Counselor at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, and she explains the inherited cancer risks that are passed from parent to child and the testing options that are available. Plus, she shares the latest breakthroughs and the importance of using our DNA to help diagnose, treat and further understand cancer.


    Key Takeaways
    Genetic counseling helps patients or their relatives who are at a high risk for disease to learn about their condition and possible treatments.
    Genetic testing can be a powerful preventative cancer tool.
    While all cancer involves genetic mutations, not all of those mutations are inherited.
    Not all genetic testing is the same. Consumer genetic testing kits like 23andMe are popular but have many limitations compared to the tests available with a Certified Genetic Counselor at USA Health.
     
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    Never Miss an Episode
    Please subscribe to The Cancering Show

    Want us to deliver The Cancering Show to your email inbox?
    Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com.
     
    Thanks for listening to The Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute.
    Please subscribe, rate and review The Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
    Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving.


    USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute
    The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope.

    Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute?
    Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health.
    To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.

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    Palliative Care and Living With Cancer

    Palliative Care and Living With Cancer

    On this episode, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce talks with Blair Pringle, CRNP, a supportive care nurse practitioner at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, and she shares her insights on palliative care and how it is often misunderstood. With a focus on the comfort level of patients and their quality of life, supportive care is more than end-of-life care. It asks, "How can you live with cancer?"


    Key Takeaways
    Supportive and palliative care teams are essential for helping to relieve the symptoms and stress of cancer and cancer treatment.
    Living with cancer and cancer treatment is challenging. Supportive and palliative care teams focus on improving the quality of life for the patient, family and caregiver.
    Supportive care is much more than just hospice care. It also focuses on providing the right medical resources and meeting the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers.
    If you are uncomfortable, in pain or need help, speak up and ask your supportive and palliative team for help with any issue. These providers are there to assist you in your care and help improve your quality of life.

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    Please subscribe to The Cancering Show

    Want us to deliver The Cancering Show to your email inbox?
    Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com.
     
    Thanks for listening to The Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute.
    Please subscribe, rate and review The Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
    Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving.


    USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute
    The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope.

    Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute?
    Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health.
    To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.

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    Be My BFF with Darlene Chavers

    Be My BFF with Darlene Chavers

    For many cancer survivors, a support group can be a lifeline. This is the case with a local Mobile, Alabama, cancer support group called BFF, Breast Friends Forever, which meets monthly at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Today, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce talks with Darlene Chavers, the founder of the BFF group, about how important it is for survivors and caregivers to have a support group in their lives. Plus, Darlene shares her advice on how you can start a support group in your area or one that targets your specific cancer.


    Key Takeaways:

    - You are not alone. Cancer patients and caregivers need to find a support group or connection to help them throughout their cancer journey.
    - Sharing your feelings and concerns helps you feel better and more hopeful.
    - Start your own support group if you cannot find one locally or in your specific cancer.

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    Never Miss an Episode
    Please subscribe to The Cancering Show

    Want us to deliver The Cancering Show to your email inbox?
    Let us know by contacting Dr. JYP at cancering.com.
     
    Thanks for listening to The Cancering Show, brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute.
    Please subscribe, rate and review The Cancering Show wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
    Until next time, be healthy, happy and always thriving.


    USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute
    The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope.

    Want to know more about the Mitchell Cancer Institute?
    Visit us at usamci.com or search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    Mitchell Cancer Institute is a member of USA Health.
    To learn more about all of USA Health hospitals, clinics and services, visit usahealthsystem.com.

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    Cancer Treatment and the Heart with Dr. Christopher Malozzi

    Cancer Treatment and the Heart with Dr. Christopher Malozzi

    In this episode, Dr. JYP talks with USA Health cardiologist Dr. Christopher Malozzi, who treats all types of patients (not just cancer patients) with heart problems. Dr. Malozzi explains his role in the field of oncology and how there can be a connection between heart problems and some chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Plus, he shares his unique perspective and concerns as both a doctor and as a parent of a child who has undergone cancer treatment.

    Key Takeaways:
    - Cardiologists are trained in heart disease, and they diagnose and treat people who can be at risk of heart disease before, during, and after their cancer treatments.
    - Cardiologists work with oncologists to maximize the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation treatments while minimizing the risks of heart complications in a patient's future.
    - Cardio-oncology is a newer and growing field of interest in cardiology and is a vital part of the team approach to cancer treatment at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute.
    - Consulting with a cardiologist early in your cancer journey is a smart and proactive approach to your cancer treatment.

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