Cancer Conversations

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK Markey Cancer Center have teamed up for “Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS,” a special edition podcast series focused on various cancer topics.

Following the success of our first series, new episodes will continue to air via the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s Talking FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) podcast, hosted by Jennifer Hunter, UK assistant director for family and consumer science extension.

Each new episode features doctors and researchers from Markey speaking on the biggest topics surrounding the disease. Check back here for the latest episodes with Markey's cancer experts!

Episodes

Episode 37: Precision Medicine

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Historically, cancer treatment has been offered through one-size-fits-all therapies based on the average person. On this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Dr. Jill Kolesar shares how that is changing as we learn more about cancer and why it occurs. She discusses how precision medicine—treatment that takes into account each patient’s individual genetics—environment and lifestyle to find a tailored therapy that works for their specific cancer, is changing cancer care in Kentucky.

Episode 36: Unraveling the Kentucky Cancer Needs Assessment

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Everyone has a story. And in Kentucky, it is likely that you know at least one person whose story involves cancer—whether you are living with the disease yourself or supporting a friend or loved one through their cancer journey. On this episode of Cancer Conversations, Dr. Pam Hull shares about the recent Kentucky Cancer Needs Assessment. The Assessment will help researchers understand why cancer is so prevalent in Kentucky and the steps they can take to change the cancer rate trajectory. She also shares some positive news about Kentucky health factors.

Episode 35: Cancer Care Close to Home - the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network

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Community hospitals collaborate with the UK Markey Cancer Center to allow patients to stay close to home for high quality cancer care. On this episode of Cancer Conversations, Dr. Tim Mullett and Cheri Tolle from the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network (MCCAN) share how everyone (from the patients and families, to the healthcare providers, to Markey Cancer Center, up to the community) benefits from MCCAN.  They explain why the NCI cancer center designation is important and how high quality care is defined in communities.

Episode 34: Recurrence Anxiety

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Whether it is you or a loved one who has had cancer, there may be some recurrence anxiety.  On this episode of Cancer Conversations, Bethany Giles shares some ways to cope with the anxious feelings that many experience concerning the recurrence of cancer.  She also share what you should do if your cancer does recur.

Episode 33: The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia - The Students’ Perspectives

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Kentucky has the highest rate of new cancer cases and deaths in the nation, with the greatest burden of the disease being in the Appalachian region. High-risk behaviors, poverty, low healthcare access and engagement, and other factors drive these high rates. This month on Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Dr. Nathan Vanderford shares about his second edition book The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia, a collection of essays written by students who have been personally affected by cancer and also live in the region. We visit with two of these students, Karlee Compton and Michael Buoncristiani, as they talk about their experience participating in the ACTION program and writing for the book.

Episode 32: The Elephant in the Room: Interacting with People Living with Cancer

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On this special edition of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, we visit with Sheila Fawbush, a cancer survivor, and Dr. Amy Kostelic, who addresses the "elephant in the room."  They share insight into how to care for and communicate with those living with cancer. With light and humor, their tips for compassionate and assertive concern while dealing with the realities of everyday life will benefit everyone in this situation.

Episode 31: Cancer Clinical Trials: Benefits to Patients and Society

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Cancer clinical trials are research studies to test the efficacy of treatments for various types of cancer. On this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Dr. Hao shares the importance of clinical trials to the treatment of cancer and how we all benefit from those willing to participate in these research experiences.

Episode 30: Promoting Cancer Screening for Black Individuals

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There are health disparities among black and brown populations that are especially prevalent when we look at cancer. On this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Dr. Bola Adegboyega, discusses the importance of early detection through cancer screenings. She also discusses how social factors such as where someone lives and works can impact their health.

Episode 29: Cancer and Spirituality

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Our spirituality affects every piece of our lives and when we have a chronic disease, how we process the diagnosis, prognosis, or even respond to treatment can be impacted by our spirit. On this episode of Cancer Conversations Reverend Diana Hultgren shares important tips to consider for those living with cancer. She shares questions that you might want to think about for yourself and how you can answer them or discuss them with a trusted advisor, partner, or faith leader.

Bonus Episode: Prioritizing Your Mental Health After a Cancer Diagnosis

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Getting a cancer diagnosis is scary and sometimes the last thing we think about is our own mental health. On this episode of Talking FACS, Dr. Kerri Ashurst discusses the importance of prioritizing your mental health after receiving that diagnosis so that you can handle all the other issues that surround caring for your physical health.

Episode 28: Summer Health Experience in Oncology

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Dr. Nathan Vanderford joins Dr. Jennifer Hunter on Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS as they discuss The S.H.E. in Oncology program. SHE specifically targeted young women with an interest in science and medicine, who identify as underrepresented in the sciences (i.e., racial or ethnic minority, low income, first-generation college-bound, and/or living with a disability). 

Episode 27: September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

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Blood Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated every September to raise awareness of the types of cancer that affect the vascular system. Due to a technical issue, our friends at Markey were not able to join us this month, but our own Dr. Natalie Jones is joining the podcast to provide education about these types of cancer.

Episode 26: After the Cancer Diagnosis - Now What?

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If you have just gotten a cancer diagnosis, there are many questions probably swarming through your mind. On this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Jenny Delap from the Markey Cancer Center is going to talk about those questions. She will share with Dr. Jennifer Hunter the important discussions people recently diagnosed with cancer need to have with their loved ones and with their oncology team.

Episode 25: Talking with Children about Cancer

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Talking with children about a cancer diagnosis will rank among the most difficult conversations. On this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACSJoan Scales from Markey Cancer Center explores the importance of communication. She shares tips with Dr. Jennifer Hunter for making these discussions more natural and comfortable, even if not easy. 

Episode 24: Sexual Health and Cancer

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When a person receives a cancer diagnosis, many questions swarm through their brain. Your sexual health is an important discussion to pursue with your healthcare providers. In this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Amy Downs shares with Dr. Jennifer Hunter some questions that you will want to ask your doctor, as well as, some personal observations that you might want to make to share with your healthcare team so that they can better inform your care.

Episode 23: Taking Care of Business: Advance Directives and Cancer

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When you start talking about Advance Directives and Living Wills, people often shut down because they do not want to think about what they consider "end of life". On this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Raven Darko-Mensah shares why these critical documents are simply part of the business of planning well and living life fully. Join this conversation to learn why it is important to prepare these documents, no matter your life stage or health situation.

Episode 22: Cancer and COVID-19

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COVID-19 has affected every aspect of life, including how we receive medical care. On this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Dr. Fred Ueland shares with Dr. Jennifer Hunter how medical care and oncology care specifically, has changed and will be forever changed and what aspects will return when life starts to take on a more normal appearance.

Episode 21: Colorectal Cancers in Kentucky

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so it is a great time to talk to Dr. Thomas Tucker about Colorectal Cancer in Kentucky. Join us as he shares the alarming statistics about where Kentucky ranks related to the incidence of colorectal cancers and mortality rates, as well as the genetic factors that have impacted all of Kentucky but especially the Appalachian region. He also discusses the importance of screening for early detection and how that relates to survival rates.

Episode 20: Cancer Burden in Kentucky

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Kentucky ranks high in the incidence of many types of cancer.  On this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Dr. Thomas Tucker shares with Dr. Jennifer Hunter some of the most prevalent types of cancer in Kentucky and how this affects our lives.

Episode 19: Cancer Curriculum for Kentucky Schools

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Cancer Conversations are back! On this episode, Dr. Nathan Vanderford shares an important curriculum that is available for Kentucky classrooms to help teachers educate their students about cancer in Kentucky. The program discusses everything from prevalence to risk factors to prevention measures. Listen in as he shares about this program and how your school can get involved.

Episode 18: Susanna's Story - The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia: KY Students Take ACTION

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Susanna Goggans' mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer during a routine screening by the Ovarian Cancer Screening Program at the University of Kentucky, immediately following Susanna's first year of college.  Dr. Jennifer Hunter sits down with Susanna to talk about how this experience has shaped her view of healthcare in her hometown and the surrounding region of Appalachia. Susanna shares her life experiences that have led her down a medical career path.

Episode 17: Carrigan’s Story - The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia: Kentucky Students Take ACTION

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Growing up in Appalachia and experiencing cancer in a loved one at a young age, help to shape Carrigan Walilchenko's desire to become an oncologist. In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Hunter sits down with Carrigan to learn about her life experiences that have brought her to the University of Kentucky and her ultimate goal to serve the people in the state she loves as a physician.

Episode 15: Community Cancer Screening Opportunities

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We all know that cancer is a disease that touches nearly every Kentuckian, but did you know that there are several free screening opportunities offered in communities across the state? On this edition of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Dr. Jennifer Hunter explores the many opportunities available to Kentuckians with the director and coordinator of outreach at UK Markey Cancer Center, Melissa Hounshell and Melanie Hunter.

Episode 14: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

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Many people are familiar with breast cancer or lung cancer because it seems that we hear about it frequently. But, pancreatic cancer is the 4th most common cancer in men and women.  In this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Dr. Michael Cavnar sits down with Dr. Jennifer Hunter to talk about pancreatic cancer.  He shares some of the warning signs, as well as, information about post-diagnosis and treatment teams. 

Episode 13: Oncofertility

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In this final episode of Cancer Conversations for 2019, Dr. Jennifer Hunter sits down again with Dr. Emily Marcinkowski to talk about Oncofertility. While this might not be a term with which you are familiar, the concept of preserving fertility through cancer treatment should be on the minds of any young person (or the parents of any young person) going through treatment for this disease. Listen and learn. We certainly did!

Episode 12: The Lung Nodule Clinic at the University of Kentucky

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The Lung Nodule Clinic at the University of Kentucky is a unique resource for Kentuckians. In this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Holly Stilz shares with Dr. Jennifer Hunter about the incidence of lung cancer in Kentucky and the specialized services that people can receive at the clinic.

Episode 11: Let's talk about lung cancer

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This week, on Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, we are going to visit with some of the experts in the field about prevention and treatment!  Today, Dr. Jennifer Hunter visits with Dr. Jordan Miller from the UK College of Medicine. He shares statistics about the incidence of Lung Cancer in Kentucky as well as some screening options that you might want to talk about with your doctor if you have smoked in the past or are currently smoking.

Episode 10: Nutrition and Cancer Prevention

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We've all heard the old adage, "You are what you eat." The foods you choose to eat can certainly impact your health. On this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Dr. Jennifer Hunter sits down with Rachel Miller from the Markey Cancer Center to discuss the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as other tips for making healthy food choices.

Bonus Episode: Straight Talk About Mammograms

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in this episode of Talking FACS, Dr. Jennifer Hunter and Natalie Jones are going to talk about mammograms; who needs them, how to prepare, and what to expect when you go in for one. They discuss things women can do to help their healthcare provider give them the best care possible!

Episode 9: Ovarian Cancer Awareness - Research and Screening in KY

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In this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Dr. Jennifer Hunter and Dr. Ed Pavlik discuss many characteristics and issues associated with cancer of the ovaries. They also discuss the Kentucky Ovarian Cancer Screening Program and the eligibility requirements for Kentucky women to participate. The Ovarian Cancer Research Program has been supported since its inception by the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association, as they recognize the importance of early detection of this disease which is often called the silent killer.

Episode 8: Ovarian Cancer Awareness

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Ovarian Cancer is often diagnosed in late stages because its symptoms are similar to many other conditions women experience. On this edition of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Amber Silberman, from the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, shares with Dr. Jennifer Hunter some warning signs and conditions that a woman might recognize that could indicate ovarian cancer.  Additionally, she recommends preventative measures that women can take to help catch this disease in earlier stages leading to improved survival rates.

Episode 7: Breast Cancer - Treatment and Reconstructions Options

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Dr. Emily Marcinkowski sits down with Dr. Jennifer Hunter to share some of the options regarding breast cancer treatment and clarifies so possible misconceptions surrounding survival rates. She also explains some realities regarding reconstruction.

Episode 6: Thriving through Cancer Survivorship

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At the UK Markey Cancer Center, work is underway every day to help cancer patients not just to survive, but to thrive. This month's Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS focuses on the many ways that cancer survivors can have vibrant and meaningful lives after surviving cancer. Dr. Jennifer Hunter sits down with Amber Silberman to discuss the keys to successful survivorship.

Episode 5: The Importance of Community Outreach

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Dr. Jennifer Hunter and Dr. Nathan Vanderford continue the Cancer Conversations on this episode of Talking FACS. Dr. Vanderford explains some of the Community Outreach activities that the Markey Cancer Center conducts across Kentucky. He also outlines ways that Kentuckians can get involved in and benefit from cancer research.

Episode 4: Education and Oncology Training

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Dr. Jennifer Hunter and Dr. Nathan Vanderford continue the Cancer Conversations on this episode of Talking FACS. They discuss the Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) program which is providing education to youth in 57 Kentucky counties in the cancer field. They also talk about other educational opportunities that are happening in Central Kentucky middle and high schools.

Episode 3: Research at the UK Markey Cancer Center

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There is cancer research occurring every day at the UK Markey Cancer Center and across the Commonwealth. On this episode of Cancer Conversations on Talking FACS, Drs. Jennifer Hunter and Nathan Vanderford discuss cancer research and its impact on Kentuckians.

Episode 2: Reducing Your Cancer Risk

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Reducing your cancer risk is in your hands. On this episode of Cancer Conversations, Dr. Nathan Vanderford sits down with Dr. Jennifer Hunter to discuss the steps that we can take today to reduce our cancer risk. They talk about the prevalence of cancer in Kentucky and explore the reasons why people in our state are so cancer-prone.

Episode 1: Cancer in Kentucky

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Kentucky tops the list for cancer and cancer-related deaths. May is Cancer Research Awareness Month and throughout the month, we will be talking about cancer. Dr. Vanderford from the Markey Cancer Center will be breaking down the research, the statistics, what can be done to combat cancer, and what the Markey Cancer Center is doing in Kentucky communities to raise awareness and educate the people of the Commonwealth.

Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.

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