We are saving more lives than ever in the fight against breast cancer. In the 1970s, one-quarter of the women diagnosed with breast cancer succumbed to the disease within five years. Mastectomy was the only available surgical option at that time.
Fast forward to 2015. Mammography screening for breast cancer has become commonplace — and has saved at least tens of thousands of lives. The five-year survival rate has increased from 75 to 90 percent, and many breast cancers are successfully removed by minor surgery.
Despite this progress, breast cancer remains a frightening diagnosis. And though our communities have rallied around breast cancer patients with emotional support and funding, dealing with breast cancer can be a lonely road. Fortunately, there are many strong voices to help you in your fight. Consider these podcasts for the vital information and inspiring stories they provide.
Breastcancer.org’s podcast archive is a village of strong voices, from many perspectives. Patients, survivors, and experts gather here to talk about their own experiences, as well as news and research. The organization’s medical adviser, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., explains complex treatment and prescriptive issues in easy-to-understand language.
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
These world-class experts in cancer care are an encyclopedic resource, with podcasts on many breast health topics. This podcast collection is an excellent place to begin your search for information on basic definitions, treatment options, and survivor experiences. Anderson physicians, researchers, and professors also provide lectures and mini courses via podcasts.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a national network of five accredited cancer hospitals. Their podcasts take ample advantage of the many expert voices to cover cancer types, diagnoses, treatments, and important issues like genomic testing and clinical trials.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
This nonprofit seeks to improve the lives of people living with and surviving breast cancer by providing support and information. Their podcast series covers topics such as the uncertainties of living with triple-negative breast cancer, making healthy diet decisions after cancer, and the latest news in cancer care.
Breast Cancer Update
Get access to over 300 podcasts led by Neil Love, M.D., a medical oncologist and the founder of Research to Practice, a medical education company. The podcasts are aimed at integrating emerging clinical research data into oncology practice with interviews and panel discussions with global cancer experts.
The Breast Cancer-Estrogen Connection
This brief series of podcasts is produced by The Cornell Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors. Each episode explores the connection between environmental chemicals and breast cancer. In addition to the scary news about what everyday objects and products could be contributing to breast cancer, the Breast Cancer-Estrogen Connection provides helpful information on how these dangers might be avoided.
The Cancer GamePlan
This series of inspiring personal stories of cancer warriors and survivors is good medicine for anyone whose life has been turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis, whether you’re the patient or a loved one. In fact, anyone facing a challenge will be motivated and inspired by these stories of overcoming the overwhelming. Each upbeat episode is hosted by two-time cancer butt-whipper Christina Soto.
You don’t have to stand alone in your fight against breast cancer. In addition to your personal and medical network, there’s a world of resources available via podcast. These shows cover just about every cancer topic, from deep dives into research, to steep climbs of personal triumph. Maybe your personal experience will lead you to contribute or even launch your own beat-cancer podcast to help others.