Jimmy O'Hara

Word weaver and editorial professional focused on science writing and content development. Seeking opportunities to cover a range of topics, including the climate crisis, biomedical research, psychological sciences, regenerative systems, and environmental justice.


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Bringing Better Cancer Care Back Home: Your Stories Podcast

All too often, the health data gathered about Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHPI) patients is categorized too broadly, resulting in ethnic and geographic differences among these populations being overlooked. Having experienced firsthand the impact of these disparities on his own family, Dr. Kekoa Taparra dedicates his career to addressing the various challenges prevalent in NHPI cancer care.
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Diversifying Data and Addressing Disparities for Older Hispanic and Latino Patients

From language barriers to a lack of insurance, limited health care access, and financial hardships, older Hispanic and Latino patients face an onslaught of obstacles when it comes to navigating cancer care. Without diverse, insightful, nuanced health care data about Hispanic and Latino patients, particularly in older adults, providing better resources and improved outcomes becomes even more difficult. This is exactly the problem that Fernando Diaz, MD, hopes to address.
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Why Hasn't Cancer Been Cured?: Your Stories Podcast

It's easy to confuse the idea of curing a disease with that of eradicating it. There are misconceptions about what it means to cure cancer, driven by a variety of historical and sociocultural factors. Dr. Otis Brawley, a former chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society, joins this episode of the Your Stories podcast to help set reasonable expectations around what the possibilities are for treating, managing, and conquering cancer.
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Stopping the Stigma: Your Stories Podcast

Esophageal cancer. Testicular cancer. Lung cancer. Cervical cancer. Colon cancer. What do each of these diseases have in common? They’re all heavily stigmatized. Some are associated with portions of the anatomy typically considered private. Others are linked to causes that result in blame and criticism directed at the patient. In any case, patients with stigmatized diseases face challenges that go beyond care.
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A Collaborative Approach to an Uncommon Cancer: Your Stories Podcast

Shock. Fear. Uncertainty. Isolation. These are just a few of the many emotions that patients may feel upon receiving any cancer diagnosis, let alone an ultra-rare form of the disease. Katie Coleman is no stranger to this experience or any of the feelings attached to it. At 29, she was diagnosed with metastatic oncocytoma, an extremely rare kidney tumor.
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Impact Stories: Empowering Innovation and Delivering Meaningful Results in Cancer Care

To accelerate scientific breakthroughs, enhance health equity, and improve patient outcomes for all, Conquer Cancer supports some of the most promising oncology research and programs around the world. This includes supporting efforts that advance not only research, but also continuing education for oncology providers and promotion of the highest-quality, equitable patient care.
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Leveraging Surgery to Mitigate Lymphedema and Improve Pain Management for Patients

For patients with breast cancer, the effects of lymphedema can have a profound impact on quality of life. While sufficient research exists on the localized inflammation caused by lymphedema, few studies have explored how this condition affects the body as a whole. Even fewer—if any—have looked at how lymphedema-correcting surgeries could help. It’s a problem that Dionisia Quiroga, DO, PhD, hopes to solve.
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The More You Know: Your Stories Podcast

Unless you're a trained scientist, most cancer jargon might not make much sense. Enter Cancer.Net, the patient information website of ASCO and Conquer Cancer, with its commitment to helping patients and families access the knowledge and resources they need as they navigate their cancer journey. Host and cancer survivor Brenda Brody is joined by Dr. Jyoti Patel, a clinical oncologist and the editor-in-chief of Cancer.Net, discuss why providing lay cancer information is critical to raising awareness and support for research.
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Personalizing Treatments for Patients With Metastatic Uterine Leiomyosarcoma

Accounting for less than 1% of cancer diagnoses each year and between 10% to 20% of sarcomas overall, leiomyosarcomas are both aggressive and highly recurrent—with patients facing a 50% rate of recurrence and, for metastatic disease, an average survival of just 12 to 18 months. While this aggressive tumor can occur in anyone, it’s most likely to affect the uterus, making it most common among women and people with female reproductive organs.
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From Dentistry to Oncology: Your Stories Podcast

For patients with oral cancers, treatment is often just the beginning of their journey. Even after they emerge cancer-free, many still face a long journey to recovery and restored quality of life. As a maxillofacial surgeon and oncologist, Dr. Chi Viet concentrates heavily on helping her patients to not only conquer this rare cancer, but to more easily and effectively manage their pain along their road to recovery.
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