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Cancer Conversations

family and consumer sciences

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 13: 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 12: 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 11: 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 10: 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 9: 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.

    Episode 8: 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 in this disease that is often called the silent killer.

    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 town 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.