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

How Does Cycling Fight Cancer? Dave Linn & Ethan Zohn on the Power of Cycle for Survival

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How Does Cycling Fight Cancer? Dave Linn & Ethan Zohn on the Power of Cycle for Survival

Every year, tens of thousands of people across the country hop on stationary bikes to raise money for rare cancer research through Cycle for Survival, MSK’s largest fundraising event of the year. With the help of founding partner Equinox, Cycle for Survival has raised nearly $300 million since 2007. But how does pedaling raise money? And who is that money helping? In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes sits down with the cofounder of Cycle for Survival Dave Linn, as well as rare cancer survivor and one of the movement’s biggest cheerleaders (and actual winner of TV’s Survivor: Africa), Ethan Zohn, to hear about their personal cancer stories and the power of Cycle for Survival. 

Gratitude, Grief and Why You Don't Have to Choose

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Gratitude, Grief and Why You Don't Have to Choose

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes and MSK clinical psychologist Dr. Wendy Lichtenthal hear from past guests of the podcast – patients, caregivers and clinicians – on what they’re grateful for this holiday season. How does one find gratitude while living with cancer? Can gratitude and grief exist at the same time? And what are some tools for managing the two? Join us as we discuss.

The Future of Cancer Drugs: A Conversation with Dr. Charles Sawyers

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The Future of Cancer Drugs: A Conversation with Dr. Charles Sawyers

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes talks with Dr. Sawyers about what’s next in the field of cancer pharmaceuticals. Is another silver bullet on the horizon?

Lessons from a Stage 4 Cancer Survivor: A Conversation with Mary Elizabeth Williams

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Lessons from a Stage 4 Cancer Survivor: A Conversation with Mary Elizabeth Williams

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes sits down with journalist, author and stage-four melanoma survivor, Mary Elizabeth Williams, to discuss what it was like being part of a phase-one clinical trial, how clear communication can affect health outcomes, how guilt often accompanies survival, and what not to say to a cancer patient.

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Lung Cancer: Why One of The Most Common Cancers is Also The Most Stigmatized

Did you know lung cancer is more deadly than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined? Yet it gets less than half the funding. Why is that? In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes sits down with thoracic surgeon and attending physician at MSK, Dr. Bernard Park, and chair of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, Reina Honts, to discuss why one of the most common cancers is also the most stigmatized.

When Life Takes a Turn: When Young Adults Get Cancer

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.