Podcast - ITC



A podcast that focuses on a woman’s breast cancer diagnosis and her Journey through reconstruction.

Breast Cancer Survivorship

ITC welcomes Rhonda M. Smith, who talks about moving forward and shares her personal story about her site Breast Cancer Partner (http://www.breastcancerpartner.com/).

Breast Cancer Partner is a site that focuses on finding resources to move forward in a healthy positive way.

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Survivorship, Racial Disparity and Breast Cancer

In this episode of “The Nation,” we welcome survivors Melanie Nix and Angela Williams. These two women not only share their journey as 10 year survivors, but also discuss awareness and racial disparity in the fight against breast cancer in the African American community.

Dr. Regina Hampton

Dr. Regina Hampton, a breast surgeon and co-founder of Breast Care For D.C.,  talks with the ITC Podcast Nation about African American Women and the fight against breast cancer.

The Pink Ribbon Program

Doreen Puglisi is the founder of The Pink Ribbon Program: http://www.pinkribbonprogram.com/
In this episode, Doreen shares her personal story as a breast cancer survivor, and helps us understand how to find a “new normal” moving forward after treatment and breast reconstruction.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

“Do not give up. The beginning is always the hardest.” 

Doreen Puglisi, the founder of The Pink Ribbon Program, joins the Nation for a great discussion on finding that “new normal”.

Fighting for Our Right to Reconstruction.

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, or Women’s Health Act of 1998.

The Breast Cancer Patient Education Act (BCEPA) of 2015.

What did these two pieces of legislation do to help women with a breast cancer diagnosis? Let’s hear from a company that helped change policy.

It’s Been a Long Road

What starts as an idea becomes a life changing innovation. What does that mean for you?

Kathy Kelley, Senior Director, Clinical Affairs at AirXpanders, talks freedom and control.

I’ll Expand My Own Breasts, Thank You!

Wanna hear about the latest…Scott Dodson, CEO and Executive Director of AirXpanders joins the Nation to talk about the first innovation in tissue expanders in over 40 years, the AeroForm

Survivors Make the Best Experts
Terri Coutee

So many decisions to make so quickly. When should you start to think about breast reconstruction? Is immediate or delayed reconstruction a better choice? Terri Coutee has “been there…done that,” so who else would be better to talk about immediate and delayed reconstruction? Terri had a positive experience with delayed DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Now, her time is spent educating women on breast reconstruction after a mastectomy through her blog, Facebook page and foundation.

What Should I Ask?
Part Three with Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin

This is the conclusion of our discussion with Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin, a surgeon at the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Breast Reconstruction?
Part Two with Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin

A continuation of our discussion about reconstruction with lumpectomy and mastectomy surgery with Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin a surgeon at the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida.

Will I Regret My Choice?
Part 1 with Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin

Dr. Sarah A. McLaughlin is a surgeon from the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. She’ll discuss lumpectomy and mastectomy and how each procedure might affect or limit breast reconstruction options.

The Breast Cancer Gene Pt. 2
Dr. Stephanie Hines

A continuation of our discussion on the gene mutation and screening for BRCA 1 and 2 with Dr. Stephanie Hines from the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fl.

The Breast Cancer Gene
Interview with Dr. Stephanie Hines

Do you have the “breast cancer gene”? Dr. Stephanie Hines from the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida discusses the BRCA mutation and BRCA screening.

Vicki Lucas is a 62 year old breast cancer survivor who shares an honest and frank story about her breast cancer journey from diagnosis to reconstruction.

Did you know?
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Is it possible to keep your hair during chemotherapy? Dignitana says you can with scalp cooling technology.Their patented Dignicap will allow women to take control of one of the most devastating side effects of chemotherapy.



“The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.” Edmund Burke

As a freelance writer and newspaper reporter for over 10 years, it’s curiosity that has always driven me forward, and has always allowed me the ability to seek out important information. Losing my mother to breast cancer as a small girl has always been the foundation that propels me forward looking for more answers. Trying to understand such a profound loss at such a young age is difficult.
It’s what I have based the foundation of my career as a writer on, and it’s what will drive the podcasts that ITC will produce for the women who come to us at a very difficult time. Our goal is to inform and educate, so women can make the right decisions for them.