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The Breast Podcast

Breast cancer survivors and cancer experts talk survivorship, cancer treatments, breast reconstruction, and other breast cancer topics in interviews with I’m Taking Charge. Whether you’ve experienced a breast cancer diagnosis or not, there is a little something for everyone.
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Breast cancer survivors and cancer experts talk survivorship, cancer treatments, breast reconstruction, and other breast cancer topics in interviews with I’m Taking Charge. Whether you’ve experienced a breast cancer diagnosis or not, there is a little something for everyone.

May 21, 2018

Diagnosed with stage 3A ILC in 2015, Kelly Nemecek is a survivor who has just passed three years since her diagnosis. As an admin of the massive Facebook community Breast Cancer Sisters, Kelly has made it her mission to ensure that all breast cancer patients, no matter where they are in their journey, have a safe space to talk to people who understand. She discusses the formation of the group, how to use both online and offline support structures when you're struggling, and how she learned to build a "forcefield against negativity" to prevent negative people from affecting her health and wellbeing.

Apr 16, 2018

The Breast Podcast host Casey talks to prophylactic mastectomy patient and human force of nature Tina Ruark-Baker. After choosing to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy due to genetic risk and a history of cysts, Tina took issue with the lack of options most surgeons offered breast reconstruction patients. Tina eventually chose a surgeon who introduced her to an emergent technology--AeroForm by AirXpanders. She has been thrilled with her AeroForm experience. In fact, she has made it her mission to inform women worldwide of this new technology and to encourage them to take the concept of informed consent by the horns. In this episode she explains how she came to choose AeroForm. She emphasizes the importance of education and options for those considering breast reconstruction. 

Sep 8, 2017

ITC welcomes Rhonda M. Smith, who talks about moving forward and shares her personal story about her site: Breast Cancer Partner.

Sep 6, 2017

In this episode of The Breast Podcast, we welcome survivors Melanie Nix and Angela Williams. These two women not only share their journey as 10 year survivors, but also discuss awareness and racial disparity in the fight against breast cancer in the African American community.

Aug 9, 2017

Dr. Regina Hampton, a breast surgeon and co-founder of Breast Care For D.C., talks with ITC Podcast Nation about African-American women and the fight against breast cancer.

Jul 13, 2017
Doreen Puglisi is the founder of The Pink Ribbon Program: http://www.pinkribbonprogram.com/
 
In this episode Doreen shares her personal story as a breast cancer survivor, and helps us understand how to find a "new normal" moving forward after treatment and breast reconstruction. 
May 22, 2017

"Do not give up. The beginning is always the hardest." 

Doreen Puglisi, the founder of The Pink Ribbon Program, joins The Breast Podcast for a great discussion on finding that "new normal".

May 11, 2017

The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act, or Women’s Health Act of 1998. The Breast Cancer Patient Education Act (BCEPA) of 2015.

What did these two pieces of legislation do to help women with a breast cancer diagnosis? Let's hear from a company that helped change policy.

Apr 7, 2017

What starts as an idea becomes a life changing innovation. What does that mean for you? It certainly means if you need tissue expanders, your options are being expanded (pun intended).

Kathy Kelley, Senior Director, Clinical Affairs at AirXpanders, talks freedom and control.

Mar 13, 2017

Do you want to hear the latest breast reconstruction innovation? Scott Dodson, CEO and Executive Director of AirXpanders joins The Breast Podcast to talk about the first major innovation in tissue expanders in over 40 years, the AeroForm.

Mar 1, 2017

So many decisions to make so quickly. When should you start to think about breast reconstruction? Is immediate or delayed reconstruction a better choice? Terri Coutee has "been there...done that," so who else would be better to talk about immediate and delayed reconstruction? Terri had a positive experience with delayed DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Now, her time is spent educating women on breast reconstruction after a mastectomy through her blog, Facebook page and foundation.

Feb 25, 2017

This is the conclusion of our discussion with Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin a surgeon at the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida.

Feb 24, 2017

Pt 2: A continuation of our discussion about reconstruction with lumpectomy and mastectomy surgery with Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin a surgeon at the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida.

Feb 22, 2017

Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin is a surgeon from the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. She'll discuss lumpectomy and mastectomy and how each procedure might affect or limit breast reconstruction options. (Part 1 of 3)

Jan 9, 2017

A continuation of our discussion on the gene mutation and screening for BRCA 1 and 2 with Dr. Stephanie Hines from the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fl.

Jan 1, 2017

Do you have the "breast cancer gene"? Dr. Stephanie Hines from the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida discusses the BRCA mutation and BRCA screening

Nov 18, 2016

Is it possible to keep your hair during chemotherapy? Dignitana says you can with scalp cooling technology.Their patented Dignicap will allow women to take control of one of the most devastating side effects of chemotherapy.

Sep 9, 2016
Interview with Vicki Lucas [Ep 1]

Vicki Lucas, a 62 year old breast cancer survivor, shares her honest journey from breast cancer diagnosis after implants to reconstruction after a lumpectomy, as well as the effects that the treatment has had within her and her family's life.

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