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Podcast Series: Living Beyond Cancer - WVU Cancer Institute

Podcast Series: Living Beyond Cancer

Podcast Series: Living Beyond Cancer



Crossing that Mountain: A Husband’s Story of Breast Cancer

Continuing our conversation with Andi Hasley, breast cancer survivor and state coalition coordinator, the next two podcast episodes feature Andi’s family. During this episode Jamie Hasley, Andi’s husband, discusses what helped him the most during his wife’s cancer treatment, how they shared the news with their children, advice for other caregivers, and tips on keeping track of treatment details.

This podcast is for cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers. The Living Beyond Cancer podcast series is produced by Cancer Prevention and Control at the WVU Cancer Institute in collaboration with Mountains of Hope, the state’s cancer coalition, and the WV Bureau for Public Health. Reach out to us at with questions or comments or join our Facebook support group.

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Crossing that Mountain: A Personal Story of Breast Cancer with a Surprise Ending

In this podcast episode Andi Hasley, MA – breast cancer survivor and Mountains of Hope State Coalition Coordinator – shares her personal journey with cancer. Andi offers helpful tips on what to plan for, how to support those you love, questions to ask your doctor, and how social media helped her help others. Join Andi as she shares what made a difference for her in cancer care and invites other survivors to gracefully move from before to after cancer.


The Role of Physical Therapy in the Lives of Lung Cancer Patients with Dr. Megan Burkart

WVU’s Megan Burkart, DPT, CLT shares how physical therapy can help individuals cope with lung cancer’s most common side effects in this episode. Dr. Burkart is an expert in helping cancer patients incorporate small lifestyle changes with significant results. Whether you are newly diagnosed, living with lung cancer, or caring for someone with lung cancer, she has good news! Exercise can help improve your quality of life and there are resources available to help.


Understanding Genetics Counseling And Testing With Dr. Nadia Falah

In this episode, WVU’s Dr. Nadia Falah discusses the innovative world of cancer genetics including genetic counseling, testing, and familial risk factors. She describes what types of cancer are inherited; when patients and family members should seek genetic consultation; and what genetic markers mean for you and your family. Also, Dr. Falah answers commonly asked questions around cost, insurance coverage, and the availability of online genetics testing.


Navigating Financial Resources After A Cancer Diagnosis, Part Two With Erin Bradshaw And Patricia Policicchio

In this second episode of our two-part series on financial concerns, cancer experts from the Patient Advocate Foundation and the WVU Cancer Institute discuss how to be your own best advocate and where to ask for help. They offer suggestions for managing health insurance, what questions to ask your care team, and Patient Advocate Foundation resources around case management and financial aid.


Navigating Financial Resources After A Cancer Diagnosis, Part One With Erin Bradshaw And Patricia Policicchio

In this episode, experts from the Patient Advocate Foundation ( and the WVU Cancer Institute discuss how financial challenges associated with cancer care impact patients’ lives during and after treatment. Their conversation goes beyond the basics and includes how to look for policies you didn’t know you had, tips to consider when exploring supplemental insurance, and key things to have prepared when seeking SSI and SSDI.


Cancer Survivors With Disabilities By Dr. Lesley Cottrell, Jennifer Tenney, And Jessi Wright

WVU Center of Excellence in Disabilities’ Dr. Lesley Cottrell, Jennifer Tenney, and Jessi Wright discuss the needs and overall quality of life for cancer survivors experiencing a disability during or after treatment. Topics include when and how to ask for financial assistance and return to work; resources including new assistive technologies; tips for regaining your independence; as well as support and encouragement for getting your life back on track.


LGBTQ Community And The Cancer Continuum With Dr. Mandi Pratt Chapman And Kk Naimool

National LGBTQ advocates, Dr. Mandi Pratt Chapman and Kk Naimool, discuss the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers in this episode. They describe how a patient can fear stigma, the challenges of including family in health care decision making, and the resources available for patients and health care professionals to enhance cancer care.


Nutrition And Cancer With Colleen Doyle, MS, RD

Colleen Doyle, a Registered Dietitian with over 25 years of experience in cancer control, discusses tips and resources for good nutrition during and after cancer treatment. In this episode, Colleen dispels some common nutrition myths, offers suggestions for how to address changing tastes and food preferences, how to save money while eating healthy, and how nutrition can help you feel great each day. Which foods will decrease your cancer risk? Colleen has these answers and more.


Exercise And Cancer: There Is Something For Everyone With Dr. Nicole Stout

WVU Cancer Institute’s Nicole Stout, DPT, CLT-LANA, FAPTA discusses how exercise can enhance the lives of cancer patients and survivors in this episode. She shares creative ideas for incorporating activity into your daily life as well as how to “start low and go slow” to help you exercise safely. No matter where you are on your cancer journey, this episode has helpful tips and resources for you.


Coping With Pain And Fatigue With Garth Graebe, MOT, OTR/L

Garth Graebe, Director of the WVU Occupational Therapy Outpatient Clinic, discusses techniques for coping with pain and fatigue during and after cancer treatment. In this episode, Garth describes different types of pain, how to deal with stress and anxiety, and ways to re-engineer your life to decrease pain. How often do you rest? Garth has some surprising tips on how to simplify tasks while accomplishing more (and having more fun) in your day-to-day life.


The Importance Of Advanced Directives With Valarie Blake

Valarie Blake, Associate Professor at the WVU School of Law, discusses advanced directives and tips for talking with your family. Want to know the difference between a living will and a medical power of attorney? She explains those terms and shares how/when to talk with your health care provider (and more) in this episode.


Intimacy And Sexuality After A Cancer Diagnosis With Dr. Roberta Renzelli-Cain, Dr. Kristin Phillips, And Dr. Megan Burkart

In this episode, WVU Cancer Institute’s Dr. Roberta Renzelli-Cain, Dr. Kristin Phillips, and Dr. Megan Burkart discuss sexuality and intimacy issues for women following cancer treatment. Topics include when and how to ask your health care provider questions, tips on talking with your partner, resources for support and education, encouragement to redefine sex after cancer treatment, and answers to commonly asked questions such as, “Should it feel this way?”


Lung Cancer's Short And Long Term Effects With Adrienne Duckworth, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Adrienne Duckworth, WVU Cancer Institute Nurse Practitioner specializing in lung cancer, discusses the short and long term effects of lung cancer including symptoms to watch out for after treatment, how to encourage linkages between specialty and primary care, and how advances in lung cancer care offer hope.


Cervical Cancer’s Short And Long Term Effects

In this episode, Dr. Valerie Galvan Turner discusses the short and long term effects of cervical cancer. Topics include the role of early detection, the benefit of support groups, why some patients do not have surgery after radiation, the importance of well check visits for cancer survivors and the prevalence of cervical cancer in Appalachia. Throughout the podcast, she shares resources and links to helpful organizations such as the WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program.


Colorectal Cancer’s Short And Long Term Effects With Dr. Emily Groves And Dr. Carl Schmidt

In this episode, West Virginia University Cancer Institute’s Dr. Emily Groves, Colorectal Surgeon, and Dr. Carl Schmidt, Director and Chief of Surgical Oncology discuss the high cure rate for early-stage colon cancer, when it is important to see a specialist for your care, how patient summaries can help primary care providers, and answers to some of their patients’ most commonly asked questions.


The Short And Long Term Psychosocial Effects Of Cancer With Dr. Kaleena Chilcote

Saying you need help is okay according to Dr. Chilcote, Director of Psychosocial Oncology at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute. During this podcast, she discusses the short and long psychosocial effects of cancer including anxiety and depression. She also shares tips on asking for support, how to know when a loved one needs help, and how to find a mental health care provider in your local community.


Breast Cancer's Short And Long Term Effects With Dr. Hannah Hazard-Jenkins

Dr. Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, WVU Cancer Institute Interim Director and Breast Surgeon, discusses the short and long term effects of breast cancer including the fear of recurrence, how to encourage linkages between specialty and primary care, and the importance of asking for help when needed.

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