A cancer diagnosis is daunting, and while rapid fire advances in diagnosis, treatment, and research hold much promise, many patients find sorting through an explosion of online information challenging and confusing. Diane Reidy-Lagunes, MD, and colleagues offer guidance, support, and break down the latest advances in oncology in the podcast series: Cancer Straight Talk from MSK. Podcast episodes can be found on the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) website or by subscribing wherever you listen to podcasts.
Host, Dr. Reidy-Lagunes, is a medical oncologist who specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal and neuroendocrine cancers and is Associate Deputy Physician-in-Chief of the MSK Regional Care Network, Physician Ambassador of the Patient Family Advisory Council for Quality, and President of the MSK Medical Staff. She cares for patients and families every day and, in her latest role, sits down with her renowned MSK colleagues, including surgeons, oncologists, nurses, and scientists, as well as patients and survivors, for frank conversations – providing straight talk on all facets of the cancer journey and what people, from patients and caregivers to the general public, need to know.
“A cancer diagnosis can be frightening and overwhelming,” explains Dr. Reidy-Lagunes. “Our mission is to educate and empower people to make the right decisions and live happier, healthier lives. Cancer Straight Talk from MSK is a podcast that brings together patients and experts, to have straightforward evidence-based conversations.”
Dr. Reidy-Lagunes is a passionate cancer clinician and communicator, “It’s also my job to be an advocate and to guide my patients through a very difficult time. We are on the journey together,” she explains. “This podcast allows me – and my colleagues – to connect with more patients and their families and approach tough topics in a straightforward, honest, and intimate setting.”
All 8 episodes are available now on our website or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. Current episodes cover the following topics:
- Facing the End of Life: A Conversation between a Patient and her Doctor
- Understanding the Basics of the “C-word”: What Is Cancer?
- A Cancer Survivor’s Guide to Chemo
- Cancer Surgery 101
- Making Every Step Count: The Role of Exercise and Cancer
- Sugar and Cancer: Friend or Foe?
- Immunotherapy: Transforming How Cancers Are Treated
- Cancer: Know Thine Enemy