#022 - Learning About New Cancer Diagnosis - Recorded Live - Bruce Watkins
Our Cancer Journey Podcast
by Bruce Watkins
1y ago
About This Episode: After being diagnosed with a Stage-3 Head and Neck cancer and surviving the initial surgeries, the radiation regimen, and the grueling months of recovery that followed, after months of testing and retesting, Bruce finally received a NED assessment from his medical team.  Bruce remained cancer free for more than 5 years, until just days ago. Late on a summer’s day as midnight was fast approaching, for some inexplicable reason Bruce felt compelled to check his health care portal. He had just days before received an extensive MRI of his middle pelvis area, the scan t ..read more
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#021 - Cancer Returns - The Strength of Vulnerability - Bruce Watkins
Our Cancer Journey Podcast
by Bruce Watkins
1y ago
About This Episode: Over a recent several-week period, Our Cancer Journey Podcast Host Bruce Watkins underwent a handful of routine exams and a few additional tests for some small nominal health issues. The surprising results from one of those tests reported that cancer had returned to Bruce’s life.  The episode that immediately follows this podcast ( Episode #022 ), contains a live recording of the moments immediately after Bruce learned of one of two potential new cancer diagnoses. In this recording, Bruce discusses his reactions and revelations to the news in a raw and unguar ..read more
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#020 - Biostatistics & Informatics Part 2 - Prof. Levi Waldron
Our Cancer Journey Podcast
by Bruce Watkins
1y ago
Data Scientist and Researcher Prof. Levi Waldron returns for Part-2 of his conversation with Host Bruce Watkins.   Dr. Levi briefly touches on his experience being diagnosed with HPV+ oral oropharyngeal cancer and his current NED status, before covering the various contributors to the medical research process and describing the new way of viewing who is a “researcher.” Bruce explores with Prof. Levi how he, as a data scientist, approached his cancer diagnosis, and how he coped with the typical emotions all patients face when hearing the news. Prof. Waldron also provides examples ..read more
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#019 - Biostatistics & Informatics -Part 1 - Prof. Levi Waldron
Our Cancer Journey Podcast
by Bruce Watkins
1y ago
About This Episode:  There are many contributors in the world of biological / medical research looking for more effective treatments and potential cures for disease. One important group of those contributors is virtually unknown in the public and often under-recognized in medicine and the media. In this first installment of a 2-Part interview, Host Bruce Watkins is joined by Data Scientist and Researcher Prof. Levi Waldron.   Their discussion about the field of “Biostatistics” provides eye-opening information. They explore how Data Scientists like Dr. Levi, with the aid of ..read more
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#017 - Lymphedema & Lymphatic System Intro - Part-1 - Dr. Paula Stewart
Our Cancer Journey Podcast
by Bruce Watkins
1y ago
About This Episode:  If you've been diagnosed with a disease or had a major injury, you may have heard your Doctor talk about their focus on your “lymph nodes.” But do you know much about the lymphatic system, and how important the flow of lymphatic fluid is in your body? Lymphedema is the disease that could affect cancer patients or anybody that has sustained an injury that could disrupt our bodies lymphatic system. Because this amazing fluid collection system in our body operates so effectively, it's only in times when our bodies are compromised and lymphatic fluids begin buil ..read more
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#015 - What is Chemo Brain, Cytokines & Accelerated Aging - Part 1 - Dr. Arash Asher
Our Cancer Journey Podcast
by Bruce Watkins
2y ago
About This Episode:  What is “Chemo Brain?” The term started several decades ago when cancer patients tried to describe a number of symptoms they experienced during and after cancer treatments. These symptoms seemed to affect their mind’s clarity of thought and effective information recall. Also referred to as "Chemo–Fog” back in the day, the phrase was initially popularized by patients getting chemotherapy. It's spread quickly in groups like the breast cancer community, who often would gather together in infusion centers to receive their periodic chemotherapy treatments.&n ..read more
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#013 - Season 1 Retrospective and New Insights - PART 2 - with Bruce Watkins
Our Cancer Journey Podcast
by Bruce Watkins
2y ago
This PART 2 installment of a two-episode show continues our retrospective started in Episode #012 – Season 1 Retrospective and New Insights – PART 1. Host Bruce Watkins takes a look back at just a few meaningful moments from Episodes #006 through #011 from Season One of the Our Cancer Journey Podcast with Bruce Watkins.  Besides providing new reflections and some great takeaways, after playing selected clips from these episodes, Bruce also shares additional insights, some fun feedback from listeners, and off-microphone moments that occurred while recording the show. Why a retrospecti ..read more
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#010 - Motivation to Action, Just Say YES & OCJ is Back!! - with Bruce Watkins
Our Cancer Journey Podcast
by Bruce Watkins
2y ago
The OCJ Podcast returns from a several-week break, with this personal solo episode from the Host Bruce Watkins. Bruce took a few weeks away from the podcast to take advantage of two opportunities that arose. He was honored to be asked by a group of medical professionals to guide the production of a series of cancer patient support videos. Bruce also had the opportunity to travel, something that brings great meaning to Bruce’s life.  Beyond these to valuable experiences, Bruce also learned two important lessons. One was a reinforcement about the consequential impact sharing, the ..read more
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#005 - Intro to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Part 1 - Angela Lai, L.O.M.
Our Cancer Journey Podcast
by Bruce Watkins
2y ago
In this "Part 1” episode of a two Episode series, Licensed Oriental Medicine Practitioner Angela Lai (see bio below) joins us on the program to discuss the multiple-millennia practice and healing art form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).   Angela and I briefly discuss the origins of TCM, a few of its common applications, how TCM differers in practice and approach from traditional Western medicine, and how people in Western societies sometimes approach this unfamiliar treatment option. We also touch on how TCM is being integrated into the new collaborative / alternative medicine ..read more
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#004 - BONUS - Show Launch Update and Our Cancer Journey Podcast Website & Facebook Page
Our Cancer Journey Podcast
by Bruce Watkins
2y ago
In this "Bonus” episode of the program, we announce our upcoming Official Podcast Show Launch. We also announce that: The show’s new Official Website ( OurCancerJourney.com ) and our New Official “Our Cancer Journey Podcast” Facebook Page are now LIVE for listeners to visit. And finally, we share how: You can help get the word out about our Podcast You can send your feedback and suggestions to the program, and You can subscribe to our Email list and upcoming news letter. About OurCancerJourney.com: Our brand new official website, OurCancerJourney.com, provides a simp ..read more
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