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Siteman Cancer Center launches new podcast series, “This is Cancer”


Many of us have heard the words, “You have cancer.” In a new podcast series from Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, “This is Cancer” will dive deeper into what it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer while offering the expertise of nationally renowned Washington University Physicians.

Streaming now wherever you listen to podcasts, “This is Cancer” opens with a pilot episode introducing the hosts of the podcast, Laura Susic and Patrick Schafer from Spot Content Studio who also produce the series. The first season will comprise a total of seven episodes, each one covering a different type of cancer, leaving the listener feeling educated, empowered and supported.

Episode 1 features Siteman cancer patient, Aleta, who shares her breast cancer diagnosis and what it was like telling her family. She also talks about a recurrence and getting a double mastectomy. Washington University radiologist and chief of breast imaging at the university’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Debbie Bennett, MD, and Washington University clinical psychologist Jennie Romo, PsyD, shed light on the importance of mental and emotional support during those hard days, as well as the therapeutic resources Siteman offers.

Episode 2 debuts on May 24 and will feature ovarian cancer survivor Larissa and her former colleague and doctor, Washington University radiation oncologist Lannis Hall, MD, MPH. A new episode of This is Cancer will debut every two weeks on Wednesdays through the remainder of the summer of 2023.

From patients sharing their cancer journeys to our experts weighing in on key topics and medical advances, “This is Cancer” is sure to bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye and warmth to your heart.

To listen to episodes of “This is Cancer” or learn more about the podcast, visit