Cancer Straight Talk from MSK

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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Podcast | 01:45

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A cancer diagnosis can be frightening and overwhelming. Medical oncologist Diane Reidy-Lagunes talks with patients and experts to help better understand this disease. Our mission is to educate and empower people to make the right decisions and live happier, healthier lives.

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Podcast | 17:08

Facing the End of Life: A Conversation between a Patient and her Doctor

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes speaks with her patient Christine about the difficult decision to end treatment.

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Podcast | 27:07

Understanding the Basics of the “C-word”: What Is Cancer?

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes speaks with MSK medical oncologist Matthew Matasar. They’ll drill down to the cancer basics, explaining the staging system, the treatment options, and the role of clinical trials.

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Podcast | 24:21

A Cancer Survivor’s Guide to Chemo

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes speaks with Elizabeth Cruz, a registered nurse at MSK, and Stacey Peltz, an eight-year cancer survivor and warrior. Together, they’ll run down what you need to know to prepare for treatment and how to live well on chemotherapy.

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Podcast | 19:49

Cancer Surgery 101

In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes speaks with MSK colorectal surgeon Martin Weiser. They discuss what to expect when approaching surgery, innovation and technique, and how to make an informed decision.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.