Breast Cancer Unleashed

Lia & Laila

Everything you need to know about breast cancer but are too embarrassed to ask. Lia and Laila unleash about ridiculous, hard-to-share subjects, with top experts. Where nothing is out of bounds and every topic is appropriate read less
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Vaginal Rejuvenation [Dr. Habibeh L. Gitiforooz, Advanced Women’s Health & Surgery]
15-01-2024
Vaginal Rejuvenation [Dr. Habibeh L. Gitiforooz, Advanced Women’s Health & Surgery]
Dr. Gitiforooz, a board-certified gynecologist, spreads the story about vaginal rejuvenation techniques and their potential benefits for breast cancer survivors, especially those with hormone receptor-positive cancer.Key Topics:• The science behind vaginal rejuvenation: how it promotes collagen production, increases elasticity, and boosts blood supply.• Dr. Gitiforooz's insights into the safety and effectiveness of vaginal rejuvenation, sharing clinical trial data and patient feedback.• The ideal candidate for vaginal rejuvenation, including those experiencing pelvic floor issues and urinary incontinence.• A glimpse into the emotional benefits of the procedure, including enhanced G-spot sensitivity and improved sexual satisfaction.• Guidance on choosing the right practitioner and machine for vaginal rejuvenation.• The limited options for hormone replacement therapy for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer survivors, highlighting the complexity of the subject.Join Lia, Laila, and Dr. Gitiforooz as they unravel the intriguing world of vaginal rejuvenation and its potential benefits for breast cancer survivors in this informative episode of "Breast Cancer Unleashed." About Our Guest: Dr. Habibeh L. Gitiforooz is an accomplished Women’s Health and Gynecology specialist with a diverse educational and professional journey. She is originally from Iran, received her medical degree from Dubai Medical College and completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan.Dr. Gitiforooz possesses a vast reservoir of expertise as a result of her training coupled with over two decades of experience at Cleveland Clinic. Her extensive medical background and surgical skills complement her unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive patient care, showcasing her dedication to women’s well-being. Dr. Gitiforooz’s illustrious career underscores her position as a prominent figure in the field, consistently contributing to the advancement of women’s health.Beyond her medical pursuits, she takes pleasure in spending quality time with her family and her 2 daughters who have joined her practice. She adores time with her nieces and often indulges in gardening and poetry readings.Social Media and Websites Mentioned: ClevelandGYN.comFacebook.com/hellodrgInstagram.com/clevelandgynInstagram.com/the.well.westlake/Thank you for listening! We are starting small and hoping to grow! Please rate & review each episode. We’d also love to hear your ideas or feedback Info@BreastCancerUnleashed.comFollow Us!Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100081181223576Instagram: @breastcancerunleashedLinkedInTwitter: @liabcunleashedYouTube: @breastcancerunleashedDISCLAIMER: These podcasts are not intended as medical advice. Please speak with your medical provider about any decisions regrading your health and/or treatment.
Unlocking the Power of Support: The American Cancer Society's Lifeline for Cancer Patients [Lori Watts]
01-01-2024
Unlocking the Power of Support: The American Cancer Society's Lifeline for Cancer Patients [Lori Watts]
Hosts, Lia and Laila, dive deep into the crucial support and services provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for cancer patients. They are joined by Lori Watts, the associate director of development for the American Cancer Society of New Orleans. Lori shares valuable insights into the vast range of programs and resources ACS offers to cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors, shedding light on often-overlooked services that can make a world of difference in their journeys. From lodging assistance and transportation to peer mentoring and mastectomy products, ACS is dedicated to helping individuals facing cancer, ensuring they don't have to go through it alone.• The Power of Peer-to-Peer Support: The American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program connects breast cancer patients with survivors who offer guidance, empathy, and understanding throughout their journey.• Lodging and Transportation: Learn about ACS's Hope Lodge program, providing free accommodations to cancer patients and caregivers during treatment, as well as the Road to Recovery program, which offers rides to and from treatment centers.• Mastectomy Products and Aesthetic Support: Discover the TLC (Tender Loving Care) program, where cancer patients can find resources for wigs, hats, scarves, and mastectomy products at reduced prices. • Accessing ACS Services: Lori emphasizes the importance of visiting cancer.org and calling the ACS helpline at 1-800-227-2345 to access a wide range of cancer-related resources and support services.About Our Guest:Lori Watts is the Associate Director of Development for the American Cancer Society of New Orleans and oversees a team that organizes several fundraisers in and around New Orleans raising critical funds to support the work of ACS. Prior to her role as director of development Lori volunteered for the ACS for the gala that is now going into it’s 24thyear in the community and continues to raise funds to support the Hope Lodge, afree place to stay for cancer patients and their caregivers while undergoingtreatment in the New Orleans area. In her spare time she enjoys traveling tobeach towns along the gulf coast, trying new restaurants, antiquing, yoga andon any given day you can find her with her dog Bowie somewhere along the leveeor at a nearby park.Social Media and Websites Mentioned:American Cancer Society (ACS) https://www.cancer.org/TLC Direct https://www.tlcdirect.org/ACS Can Cancer Action Network https://www.fightcancer.org/By sharing this valuable information, the "Breast Cancer Unleashed" podcast aims to empower individuals affected by cancer and connect them with the support they need, whether it's lodging, transportation, peer mentoring, or aesthetic assistance. The American Cancer Society stands as a beacon of hope and assistance for those on their cancer journey.Thank you for listening! We are starting small and hoping to grow! Please rate & review each episode. We’d also love to hear your ideas or feedback Info@BreastCancerUnleashed.comFollow Us!Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100081181223576Instagram: @breastcancerunleashedLinkedInTwitter: @liabcunleashedYouTube: @breastcancerunleashedDISCLAIMER: These podcasts are not intended as medical advice. Please speak with your medical provider about any decisions regrading your health and/or treatment.
Navigating Breast Reconstruction - Choosing the Right Team [Dr. Minas 2/2]
18-12-2023
Navigating Breast Reconstruction - Choosing the Right Team [Dr. Minas 2/2]
Lia and Laila, are back to unravel the intricate world of breast cancer reconstruction. Joining them once again is the esteemed Dr. Minas, a plastic surgeon with a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field. Together, they dive deep into the crucial topic of selecting the right surgical team for breast cancer reconstruction.• Survival Mode: When facing a breast cancer diagnosis, patients often find themselves in "survival mode," understandably focused on removing the cancer from their lives.• Importance of Surgical Team: Lia and Laila emphasize the paramount importance of assembling the perfect surgical team for successful breast reconstruction. This isn't just any team; it's the dream team! They stress the necessity of surgeons who are not only experienced but also skilled in the specific procedures required.• Microsurgery Training: Dr. Minas takes center stage to discuss the significance of choosing a microsurgeon, someone with specialized fellowship training in microsurgery. Microsurgery expertise is crucial, especially for advanced perforator flap procedures.• Volume of Procedures: Have you ever thought about the volume of surgeries a surgeon performs? The hosts shed light on why this matters. High-volume surgeons tend to yield better outcomes and shorter surgery times, making them top contenders for your surgical team.• Team Collaboration: Lia and Laila underscore the importance of collaboration and seamless communication between the breast surgeon and plastic surgeon. Teamwork makes the dream work, and in this case, it leads to optimal results. • Advocacy Groups: Dr. Minas recommends patients explore advocacy groups such as Deep Sea Journey for valuable information and support. However, he also advises caution, suggesting avoiding toxic online communities.• Insurance Challenges: Brace yourselves for a concerning issue—the impending changes in insurance coverage for advanced breast reconstruction procedures like the deep flap. These procedures require specialized expertise and resources, making it a matter of urgency for patients to stay informed and advocate for their rights.This podcast episode emphasizes patient advocacy, thorough research, and the critical selection of a surgical team that can provide the best possible outcomes. Join Lia, Laila, and Dr. Minas as they unravel the complexities of breast reconstruction, all while infusing humor and compassion into this essential conversation.prma-enhance.comThank you for listening! We are starting small and hoping to grow! Please rate & review each episode. We’d also love to hear your ideas or feedback Info@BreastCancerUnleashed.comFollow Us!Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100081181223576Instagram: @breastcancerunleashedLinkedInTwitter: @liabcunleashedYouTube: @breastcancerunleashedDISCLAIMER: These podcasts are not intended as medical advice. Please speak with your medical provider about any decisions regrading your health and/or treatment.
The Breast Reconstruction Chronicles: From Nipple Adventures to Ab Muscle Preservation [Dr. Minas 1/2]
04-12-2023
The Breast Reconstruction Chronicles: From Nipple Adventures to Ab Muscle Preservation [Dr. Minas 1/2]
Hosts, Lia and Laila dive deep into the world of breast cancer and breast reconstruction with the charismatic Dr. Minas Crisopoulou, a plastic surgeon with a penchant for puns. Strap in for an engaging conversation that's as educational as it is entertaining!The episode kicks off with a humorous twist as they introduce the topic and focus on the "deep" side of surgery - the DIEP technique. Dr. Crisopoulou regales us with the evolution of breast reconstruction techniques, from TRAM flap to free TRAM, and the modern deep flap, leaving no stone unturned. But what's the big deal about DIEP, you ask? Well, it's all about keeping those abdominal muscles intact, and Dr. Minas hilariously emphasizes the perks of preserving your 'abs of steel.'The podcast takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the world of breast reconstruction, touching on everything from scarring to radiation's impact on the process. They even get into the nitty-gritty of recovery, including nutrition, mobility, and the necessity of delegating tasks. You'll learn how to scratch that phantom itch and avoid 'unearthing' skin layers, courtesy of Lia's personal experiences.As if that's not enough, the trio discusses the risks involved in breast reconstruction, from flap failures to infections, all while keeping the mood light and laughter abundant. It's an episode filled with wisdom and witty banter that'll leave you informed and in stitches.And if you're left hungry for more stay tuned for Dr. Minas' return in the next episode, where they'll explore what to ask and look for when assembling your surgical team and navigating insurance coverage. You won't want to miss it!• Understand the evolution of breast reconstruction techniques, from TRAM flap to modern deep flap, emphasizing the advantages of preserving abdominal muscles.• Discover the importance of aesthetics, feeling, and sensation in breast reconstruction, including the "TrueSense" technique.• Explore various tissue reconstruction options and factors affecting the choice, such as body type and preferences.• Gain insights into the challenges of recovery, nutrition, mobility, and support systems.• Learn about the risks associated with breast reconstruction, including flap failure, infection, and wound healing.• Understand the impact of radiation on the reconstruction process and the role of a multidisciplinary team.• Get a sneak peek into the next episode, where Dr. Minas will share tips on choosing a surgical team and navigating insurance coverage.Thank you for listening! We are starting small and hoping to grow! Please rate & review each episode. We’d also love to hear your ideas or feedback Info@BreastCancerUnleashed.comFollow Us!Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100081181223576Instagram: @breastcancerunleashedLinkedInTwitter: @liabcunleashedYouTube: @breastcancerunleashedDISCLAIMER: These podcasts are not intended as medical advice. Please speak with your medical provider about any decisions regrading your health and/or treatment.
Glowing Through Chemo: Botox, Fillers, and Skincare Secrets [Dr. Holcomb, Dr. Haseltine]
20-11-2023
Glowing Through Chemo: Botox, Fillers, and Skincare Secrets [Dr. Holcomb, Dr. Haseltine]
We delve into the captivating world of maintaining your radiant self during breast cancer treatment. Our delightful dermatologists, Dr. Holcomb and Dr. Haseltine, bring their wit and wisdom to the forefront as they unravel the mysteries of Botox, fillers, and skincare. Ever wondered about the compatibility of Botox and fillers with chemotherapy? Our experts lay it all on the line, exploring how these cosmetic treatments can still be on the table, albeit with consideration for individual cases. They share insights into the safety aspects, emphasizing the temporary nature of wrinkle relaxers like Botox. Dive into the realm of skincare, where retinoids, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid take the stage, with a special nod to the significance of sunscreen in the skincare arsenal.Shifting gears, we uncover the world of scars and skincare. Scar treatments, such as laser therapy and injections, receive their moment in the spotlight once the surgical site is fully healed. Our dermatologists explore the safety of procedures like resurfacing lasers, microdermabrasion, light peels, and LED lights during breast cancer treatment. They address common side effects, such as skin dryness, and offer expert advice on adapting skincare routines for comfort. It's all about pampering yourself and maintaining skin health to feel your best.In the grand tapestry of personal preferences and self-care, our experts highlight the uniqueness of each individual's journey. Cosmetic procedures and self-care practices can be deeply personal, allowing patients to address visible reminders of their cancer journey, like port scars or hair changes. Beyond aesthetics, these self-care rituals significantly impact emotional well-being during and after treatment. The episode concludes with a poignant reminder to consider individual feelings and preferences when it comes to appearance and self-esteem.Tune in to this delightful episode for an enchanting blend of humor, wisdom, and practical advice on looking fabulous and feeling confident while navigating the challenges of breast cancer treatment. Remember, you're not just surviving – you're thriving as a skincare superhero! Thank you for listening! We are starting small and hoping to grow! Please rate & review each episode. We’d also love to hear your ideas or feedback Info@BreastCancerUnleashed.comFollow Us!Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100081181223576Instagram: @breastcancerunleashedLinkedInTwitter: @liabcunleashedYouTube: @breastcancerunleashedDISCLAIMER: These podcasts are not intended as medical advice. Please speak with your medical provider about any decisions regrading your health and/or treatment.
When Doctors Become Patients: A Deep Dive into Breast Cancer [Dr. Holcomb, Dr. Haseltine]
06-11-2023
When Doctors Become Patients: A Deep Dive into Breast Cancer [Dr. Holcomb, Dr. Haseltine]
In this deeply personal and enlightening episode, Dr. Kate Holcomb and Dr. Mara Haseltine, both seasoned healthcare professionals, open up about their remarkable journeys as breast cancer patients. These two doctors-turned-patients provide a poignant and unique lens into the world of breast cancer, sharing their own battles and the profound impact of their mothers' struggles on their personal diagnoses. As they recount their stories, we witness their transitions from routine screenings to the moment when they had to confront their deepest fears for their daughters' futures, revealing the emotional turmoil that accompanies such a diagnosis.Breast cancer brings with it an avalanche of information, and Dr. Kate and Dr. Mara discuss the delicate balance between medical knowledge and the whirlwind of emotions that follow a diagnosis. They emphasize the significance of seeking second opinions, comprehending treatment options fully, and finding support within the community of survivors. The doctors also offer insight into the tough choices they faced concerning surgeries and how these decisions intersected with their professional lives.Amid the technical aspects of breast cancer treatment, including implants, radiation therapy, and the role of medications like Valium in managing procedure-related anxiety, the doctors also delve into the topic of skincare after radiation. They discuss recommendations and products like Neova that play a crucial role in post-radiation skin health.Dr. Kate and Dr. Mara engage in a candid conversation about the myths and misconceptions surrounding breast cancer, the potential pitfalls of online self-diagnosis, and the strength of the tight-knit community of breast cancer survivors. Their insights are both enlightening and reassuring.Their journey from doctors to patients showcases the importance of trust in navigating the complexities of breast cancer. Tune in to this episode for a heartfelt, informative, and sometimes humorous exploration of breast cancer from the unique perspective of two doctors who became patients themselves.Thank you for listening! We are starting small and hoping to grow! Please rate & review each episode. We’d also love to hear your ideas or feedback Info@BreastCancerUnleashed.comFollow Us!Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100081181223576Instagram: @breastcancerunleashedLinkedInTwitter: @liabcunleashedYouTube: @breastcancerunleashedDISCLAIMER: These podcasts are not intended as medical advice. Please speak with your medical provider about any decisions regrading your health and/or treatment.
Tattoos: Restoring Confidence and Beauty After Breast Cancer
04-10-2023
Tattoos: Restoring Confidence and Beauty After Breast Cancer
Lisa & Roberto Pena, the dynamic husband-and-wife team behind Status discuss their journey and the transformative impact of their paramedical tattooing services. They specialize in helping breast cancer survivors regain confidence and beauty through tattooing techniques that recreate areolas and nipples after mastectomies, as well as scalp micro-pigmentation for those experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments or other conditions. Listeners will learn about the emotional journey clients go through, the technical aspects of their work, and the importance of attention to detail.  Website Links Mentioned: https://statusink.com/ Learner Objectives:• Understand the significance of paramedical tattooing in restoring confidence and beauty for breast cancer survivors.• Learn about the different tattooing techniques and services provided, such as areola and nipple reconstruction and scalp micro-pigmentation.• Gain insights into the healing process, timing, and pricing of these procedures.• Explore the emotional impact of paramedical tattooing on clients and the role it plays in their journey to recovery.• Recognize the importance of attention to detail and expertise in the field of paramedical tattooing.If you or someone you know can benefit from paramedical tattooing services after breast cancer or other conditions, visit www.statusink.com to learn more and schedule a consultation. Regain your confidence and beauty today!Thank you for listening! We are starting small and hoping to grow! Please rate & review each episode. We’d also love to hear your ideas or feedback Info@BreastCancerUnleashed.comFollow Us!Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100081181223576Instagram: @breastcancerunleashedLinkedInTwitter: @liabcunleashedYouTube: @breastcancerunleashedDISCLAIMER: These podcasts are not intended as medical advice. Please speak with your medical provider about any decisions regrading your health and/or treatment.
Cannabis and Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide to Holistic Healing [Janice Bissex]
02-10-2023
Cannabis and Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide to Holistic Healing [Janice Bissex]
We delve into the world of cannabis and its potential role in cancer treatment and survivorship. Join us as we continue our conversation with Janice Bissex, a holistic cannabis practitioner and registered dietitian. We explore how cannabis can be used to alleviate anxiety, manage side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and even enhance intimacy post-cancer treatment. Janice provides valuable insights into the types of cannabis products and their applications, emphasizing the importance of obtaining high-quality products and certificates of analysis. Whether you're seeking relief from pain, neuropathy, or other long-term effects of cancer treatment, this episode offers practical advice on incorporating cannabis into your health journey. Links:Janice Bissex's Website: www.jannabiswellness.com Learner Objectives:• Understand the potential benefits of CBD and THC in managing anxiety during cancer diagnosis and treatment.• Explore how cannabis can be used to mitigate side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea and vomiting.• Discover the role of topicals and salves in addressing radiation burns and other skin-related issues during cancer treatment.• Learn about the potential of cannabis, including Delta-9 THC, in enhancing sexual desire and satisfaction post-cancer treatment.• Gain insights into the use of cannabis for managing long-term effects of cancer treatment, such as pain and neuropathy. Explore how cannabis can complement your cancer treatment or survivorship plan by consulting with a knowledgeable practitioner. Remember to prioritize high-quality products and certificates of analysis to ensure safe and effective use. Thank you for listening! We are starting small and hoping to grow! Please rate & review each episode. We’d also love to hear your ideas or feedback Info@BreastCancerUnleashed.comThank you for listening! We are starting small and hoping to grow! Please rate & review each episode. We’d also love to hear your ideas or feedback Info@BreastCancerUnleashed.comFollow Us!Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100081181223576Instagram: @breastcancerunleashedLinkedInTwitter: @liabcunleashedYouTube: @breastcancerunleashedDISCLAIMER: These podcasts are not intended as medical advice. Please speak with your medical provider about any decisions regrading your health and/or treatment.