The Wellness Community to Launch Cancer Internet Talk Radio Program

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 General News
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President & CEO will host VoiceAmerica(TM) show to help those dealing with cancer live better lives

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kim Thiboldeaux, President & CEO of The Wellness Community (TWC), the nation's leader in providing empowering support and educational programs for people with cancer and their loved ones, will host a new Internet talk radio program, Frankly Speaking About Cancer with The Wellness Community, beginning September 9 and airing every Tuesday at 1:00 pm PST/4:00 pm EDT on the VoiceAmerica(TM) network at

Frankly Speaking About Cancer with The Wellness Community will be the first Internet talk radio show on the VoiceAmerica(TM) Network's Health & Wellness Channel to focus specifically on how to live a better life with cancer. The radio program will feature patients, physicians, researchers, social workers and caregivers with whom listeners can connect and draw inspiration. The program can also be downloaded as a podcast at

"The most exciting aspect of this show is the opportunity to connect listeners seeking hope and information with other cancer survivors and caregivers from all over the country. There is nothing more intimate and more hopeful than hearing in a person's own voice how they are overcoming the challenge of cancer," said Kim Thiboldeaux, President & CEO of The Wellness Community, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

"In addition, we'll be bringing researchers, physicians and advocates to the program so listeners can stay informed and know the right questions to ask their health care team," Thiboldeaux added. "For over 25 years, The Wellness Community has offered people living with cancer free social and emotional support programs, tailored publications and online support groups and information. This program is the latest in our effort to reach out in relevant ways to all people affected by cancer."

Frankly Speaking About Cancer will take the listener on a journey through topics that inform and inspire. Episodes will tackle critical issues such as: achieving the best care and quality of life, new research and treatments, relieving stress and anxiety, life beyond treatment and talking to kids about cancer. Every week, Kim Thiboldeaux will bring together noted physicians, researchers, nurses and social workers, as well as patients and caregivers from every walk of life to share their experiences and unique perspective.

The September Lineup

September 9: The Empowered Cancer Patient: Highlights from The Total Cancer Wellness Guide

The premier episode will explore The Wellness Community's founding principle of the Patient Active(TM) Concept, which is explained in the book, The Total Cancer Wellness Guide: Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis (BenBella Books, 2007), a book co-authored by Kim Thiboldeaux and Mitch Golant, PhD. Guests will discuss the benefits of patients taking an active role in managing their cancer care during treatment and beyond. They include:

-- Matthew Loscalzo, MSW, Administrative Director for the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center

-- Lidia Schapira, MD, Oncologist at the Gillette Center for Breast Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School; and

-- Douglas Wilkey, Jr., non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor and participant at The Wellness Community-Arizona.

September 16: The Empowered Cancer Caregiver: Why 80 Percent Report Stress and Anxiety

A May 2007 survey conducted by The Wellness Community and KRC Research revealed that 80% of loved ones and friends who support those in cancer treatment reported experiencing regular stres

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