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Cancer Connections is the podcast for anyone who has been impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Each episode, host Hillary Theakston and her guests have the conversations about cancer that don't always happen, but maybe should, on topics like stress and wellness, clinical trials, "exceptional" patient responses, and more. We will not have all of the answers, but we hope you’ll connect with ideas and inspiration that you need for life with cancer on your own terms. Cancer Connections is brought to ...
 
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Healing is both a scientific and a spiritual journey, states Kelly Noonan Gores. She's the writer, director, and producer of "Heal," a documentary feature about the mind-body connection and the body's innate ability to heal. In this wide-ranging discussion, we touch on a lot of the topics covered in previous episodes of Cancer Connection, including…
 
Welcome to "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll," a multi-part series where we talk with experts about three topics that often do not get discussed during treatment. In this final installment of the series, we talk to surgeon, musician, and author Dr. Nimesh Nagarsheth about the role music can play in a patient's journey. Dr. Nagarsheth is the author of "M…
 
This episode is Part 2 of our two-part conversation about the use of two drugs in a person's cancer journey which may be considered alternative to many people, cannabis and psilocybin. In this second episode we focus on psilocybin by talking to Mark Geyer, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences Emeritus at the University of Ca…
 
This episode is Part 1 of our two-part conversation about the use of two drugs in a person's cancer journey which may be considered alternative to many people, cannabis and psilocybin. In this first episode we focus on cannabis by talking to Dr. Carey Clark, PhD, RN, and Chair of the Medical Cannabis Certificate Program at the Pacific College of He…
 
Welcome to "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll," a multi-part series where we talk with experts about three topics that often do not get discussed during treatment. This episode is Part 2 of our two-part conversation about sex after cancer. We talk to Leslie Heron, a nurse and a nurse practitioner with over 37 years of direct patient care experience. Lesl…
 
Welcome to "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll," a multi-part series where we talk with experts about three topics that often do not get discussed during treatment. To begin with, we're talking about sex and sexuality after cancer, which our participants tell us are very important topics for them but that they struggle to discuss with others. We’re dedica…
 
Clinical trials are critical for advancing more effective treatment options for cancer, and participating in a clinical trial can be one of the most impactful steps a patient can take in the course of their treatment. That's why the team at Clearity works to educate women diagnosed with ovarian cancer about clinical trial availability, enrollment, …
 
Ever feel like someone else has taken over your brain? Ever wonder why sometimes you can be so focused and methodical and other times the complete opposite? The cancer experience can sometimes fell like a roller coaster with stress and uncertainty around each turn. Sometimes it’s hard to show up the way you’d like. In this episode, Jill Bolte Taylo…
 
Cancer Connections introduces “The Cancer Roadmap, Part 2,” the second of two episodes exploring the shared experience many cancer patients have. Understanding the Cancer Roadmap may help to normalize the feelings and emotions associated with a cancer diagnosis as well as help patients know what to expect. Many people describe the feeling of not kn…
 
Cancer Connections introduces “The Cancer Roadmap, Part 1,” the first of two episodes exploring the shared experience many cancer patients have. Understanding the Cancer Roadmap may help to normalize the feelings and emotions associated with a cancer diagnosis as well as help patients know what to expect. Many people describe the feeling of not kno…
 
Our guest this episode is Dr. Beth Karlan, recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS), and a surgeon who has three decades of experience treating women with ovarian cancer. You're going to want to find a quiet space to enjoy this interview, because it's our most content-packed episode…
 
On this episode of Cancer Connections, Clearity's founder, Laura Shawver, talks with Clearity's Scientific Director, Deb Zajchowski, about how much the field of cancer testing, treatment and research has changed in the 15 years since Laura was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. These two women, pioneers in their field, explain topics like PARP …
 
In our first three episodes, we heard from expert physicians about the connection between stress and disease, people who have defied the odds in exceptional ways, and how addressing death thoughtfully may bring unexpected joy. But how do these ideas about the connection between stress and disease square with someone who is actually living with a ca…
 
It's not just you—nobody wants to talk about death. Not only is it an uncomfortable topic to bring up, but also, as palliative care expert Dr. BJ Miller explains, it's nearly impossible to capture in words the range of feelings one can have about such a momentous and personal life event. But if we don't talk about it, what are we missing out on? Ca…
 
Are spontaneous healers medical flukes? Or is there something we can learn from them and apply to our own lives? Dr. Jeffrey Rediger, author of "Cured: The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing," talks with us about what he's learned from studying these kinds of cases for the past 15 years. Some of the topics we cover: Why it's so important …
 
Join us as we talk with renowned public speaker and best-selling author Dr. Gabor Maté about the well-documented link between stress and illness. In this episode, Dr. Maté and host Hillary Theakston discuss: How to talk about stress and illness in a compassionate way that doesn't shame or blame Chronic stress and its impact on the body How the way …
 
Welcome to a new space where we can have the kinds of conversations that are not happening often enough alongside a cancer diagnosis—conversations about things like the connection between stress and wellness, or how to cope with death anxiety, or how clinical trials work today. We're sitting down with scientists, doctors, advocates, and patients fo…
 
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