Episode 17

Ep 15 - Kylee Sacksteder (Part 1), Physician, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, Alarm clock snoozer.


July 24th, 2017

47 mins 9 secs

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About this Episode

Kylee is in the final year of her dermatology residency. Having moved to Columbus a few years ago, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We chat about how she balanced her cancer treatments, along with planning a wedding at the same time!


Kylee’s background training as a physician gave her a unique perspective on her diagnosis and treatment and actually ended up influencing some of her treatment decisions, including avoiding a bone marrow biopsy! Her training also allowed her to give a really clear description of some of the common cancer treatments, what they are and why you need them. We have an important talk about the need for patients to continuously ask questions of their physicians to make sure they understand what they’re going through.


A huge thanks to Kylee for sharing her story!


For more cancer and health related topics, find me on twitter @ciaranfairman, or go to reachbeyondcancer.com to find out more about what we do.




Show notes


4.00 – Kylee’s journey through med school and her diagnosis.


7.45 – The power of the snooze button – We talk about people who use the snooze button vs. people who don’t. We talk strategies to optimize morning snoozing.


9.30 – Kylee finding a lump in her throat and getting it checked out.


12.15 – Getting two diagnoses – The day Kylee got her CT results and the day she got her biopsy results.


21.00 – How her training as a physician affected her response to the diagnosis and treatment decisions.


23.40 – NCCN guidelines on cancer treatment and how they influence treatment decisions.


27.40 – Having to work following her diagnosis.


28.40 – Going through with treatment decisions – Pre-chemotherapy tests and decisions.


31.40 – Patients need to ask more questions about their treatment decisions.


33.40 – Going through treatment – what Kylee’s chemo looked like and how it went.


41.40 – Balancing chemo and residency as a physician.