Cancer Straight Talk from MSK

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Diane Reidy-Lagunes

Cancer Straight Talk from MSK is a podcast that brings together patients and experts, to have straightforward evidence-based conversations. Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes hosts, with a mission to educate and empower patients and their family members.

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If you have questions, feedback, or topic ideas for upcoming episodes, please e-mail us at: MSKPodcast@mskcc.org

When Life Takes a Turn: When Young Adults Get Cancer

Podcast | 20:55

When Life Takes a Turn: When Young Adults Get Cancer

A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event for anyone, especially for adolescents and young adults who are just getting their bearings in life. In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes sits down with MSK social worker Hadley Maya to discuss the effects of a cancer diagnosis on a young person’s identity, career, relationships and more.

Cancer and Caregivers: Navigating Stress, Worry, and Other Challenges

Podcast | 22:02

Cancer and Caregivers: Navigating Stress, Worry, and Other Challenges

Taking on the role of caregiver can be one of the most important — and overwhelming — jobs you’ll ever have. In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes chats with MSK social worker Jacob Maier about what you need to know and how to care for yourself while caregiving.

A Woman's Guide to Sex and Cancer

Podcast | 22:13

A Woman's Guide to Sex and Cancer

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes speaks with Dr. Jeanne Carter, clinical psychologist and sexual health therapist, and Ashley Arkema, gynecological nurse practitioner, about women’s sexual health during and after cancer treatment. This episode includes an honest and frank conversation about the impact of treatment on a woman’s physical and emotional sexual health. Our experts provide helpful advice and tips. Some content may not be suitable for children.

Weight Loss, Cancer and the Role of Metabolism

Podcast | 20:32

Weight Loss, Cancer and the Role of Metabolism

In this episode, Diane Reidy-Lagunes speaks with Neil Iyengar, a breast medical oncologist and MSK’s leading researcher on diet, metabolism, and cancer. Together, they debunk myths surrounding diet trends, exercise, and the relationship between fat tissue and cancer.

Diane Reidy

Podcast | 22:12

Mental Health in the Time of COVID

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes speaks with MSK’s chair of psychiatry, Dr. William Breitbart, about the unique mental toll that a worldwide pandemic has on cancer patients and caregivers alike. Dr. Breitbart shares strategies for coping and finding hope in the midst of uncertainty.

Diane Reidy

Podcast | 16:00

Cancer and COVID-19: What Patients Need to Know

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes talks with infectious disease specialist Monika Shah about special concerns of patients with cancer, including their risks for COVID-19 and vaccine safety while they’re in active treatment.

Diane Reidy

Podcast | 16:33

Cancer: Know Thine Enemy

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes chats with medical oncologist Juan-Manuel Schvartzman about the cellular damage that causes cancer. Can we find its Achilles’s heel?

Diane Reidy

Podcast | 23:43

Immunotherapy: Transforming How Cancers Are Treated

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes talks to medical oncologist and scientist Jedd Wolchok and cancer survivor Grace Dunn. Together, they help decode the emerging new defense against cancer: immunology.

Diane Reidy

Podcast | 18:00

Sugar and Cancer: Friend or Foe?

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes talks to medical oncologist Santosha Vardhana about sugar and cancer. What is our favorite food’s metabolic role in cancer and in treatment?

Diane Reidy

Podcast | 24:05

Making Every Step Count: The Role of Exercise and Cancer

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes chats about recent findings regarding the benefits of exercise, in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She speaks with Lee Jones, exercise scientist at MSK, and Charlie Sweeney, marathon runner and cancer survivor.