The Patient from Hell Podcast

Latest episode:

1. Overview of ovarian cancer
2. Karen’s experience of building a cancer community
3. The science and symptoms of ovarian cancer; building awareness and education resources for women

Podcast — Patient from Hell

by Manta Cares

For patients, caregivers, and survivors seeking a confident way to manage complex medical conditions. We know the journey's hard because we've been through it, and we're here to make the process just a little easier.

Get inspired by survivorship stories, gain tips, tricks, and advice from medical experts, and join a global community of support and resources. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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About The Patient from Hell Podcast

The Manta Cares podcast was launched as a resource and community for patients, caregivers, and survivors navigating complex medical conditions. Our founder Samira Daswani is a breast cancer survivor raising cancer awareness and bridging the gaps between patient, caregiver, and doctor. 

Each episode of the podcast will cover a different aspect of the cancer journey. In past episodes, we've talked about the diagnosis process, forming a support team, treatment considerations, and building a strong mindset in the face of a daunting journey.

Past and upcoming podcasts feature the NCCN Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, among other national organizations at the forefront of cancer advocacy and research. Podcast guests include patients, survivors, caregivers, cancer advocacy groups, and medical experts. 

Previous episodes

September 5, 2022

Insights on Using Private Capital to Address Cancer with Investor Mark Mendel

1. Personal experience and reflections from being a caregiver
2. Understanding the survival early-stage oncology investing ecosystem
3. Emerging themes and trends in oncology innovation and patient care

August 25, 2022

Caring for Caregivers with Dr. Nirav Shah, Senior Scholar at Stanford University's Clinical Excellence Research Center

1. Nuances of understanding value-based care and the invisible care-giver economy
2. The importance of caring for caregivers
3. Insights on who the caregivers are and their experience with COVID

August 8, 2022

Understanding Community, Collaboration and Caregiving with the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Translating Research Across Communities (TRAC) Paula Kim - PART II

1. Taking PanCan global and multicultural insights on cancer
2. The art of translating a movement into a sustainable organisation
3. Importance of doing the hard and obvious things

July 25, 2022

Understanding Community, Collaboration and Caregiving with the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Translating Research Across Communities (TRAC) Paula Kim - PART I

1. Paula's learnings and insights from the early days of setting up PanCan
2. The art and science of community building
3. Nuances of interdisciplinary collaboration, personal learning and upskilling in the face of complexity

July 11, 2022

Exploring the importance of guidelines for cancer treatment

1.  Insights on the evolution of medical science, public policy and funding for cancer care in the U.S.
2. The importance supportive care, guidelines and resources, and the role of NCCN and the NCCN Foundation 
3. Framework for understanding life-span and quality of life for patients and caregivers

June 27, 2022

Is fighting cancer like playing chess?

1.  Is a chess analogy really appropriate for cancer? 
2. Pros and cons of thinking of cancer in the form of infinite games 
3. Nurturing ambiguity and making high stake decisions

June 13, 2022

The art and science of making cancer treatment decision(s)

1. Are metaphors like “infinite games” valid for approaching cancer care? 
2. Developing your strategy when everything seems uncertain and unclear 
3. The importance of rethinking assumptions

May 23, 2022

Understanding the cancer caregiver ecosystem

1. What does the caregiver ecosystem really mean
2. Second order effects of being diagnosed with cancer
3. Exploring different strategies to grapple with the crisis

April 26, 2022

Being diagnosed with cancer

1. The emotional, psychological, and financial costs of cancer diagnosis
2. Principles of building a community  of cancer survivors and caregivers 
3. Processing suffering and becoming anti-fragile

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Disclaimer: Manta Cares does not provide medical advice. Please consult your medical care provider for your personal health circumstances.

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Story of a doctor, survivor and coach.

Story of a doctor, survivor and coach.

Sep 19, 2022 

Meet Dr. Maeve Baechler. I am a doctor and a life and cancer coach. Growing up, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. I was raised in a small town and attended a rural high school. I dedicated myself to my studies in pursuit of a career in medicine and my training as a committed member of the track and cross country team. Fun fact, I was probably the nerdiest prom queen to ever be elected! 

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Clinical Trials – What are they? Why should we care? How to find one?

Clinical Trials – What are they? Why should we care? How to find one?

Sep 09, 2022 

So today’s newsletter is a little different than previous ones – it is less about my personal journey but rather about a common problem a number of patients and caregivers face. The reason it personally resonates with me is that this is one of the hard things about the cancer experience that really should not be this hard!

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