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Joe Mahaffey Is Working Hard to Honor His Brother’s Memory

After his brother Doc’s death in 2017 from colorectal cancer, Joe Mahaffey has assumed the role of passionate advocate.

In March of 2018 Joe traveled to Washington, D.C., along with close to 200 fellow patients, survivors and caregivers, for Fight CRC’s annual Call-On Congress. Back home in North Carolina Joe has been working to fulfill one of his brother’s dreams; to have a colorectal cancer license plate available for North Carolina residents. The Blue Ribbon Warrior license plate is one of the focuses of the non-profit the Mahaffey brothers created, the Blue Ribbon Warrior Foundation.

Lee also interviewed Dr. Prasanth Reddy, MD. Dr. Reddy is the VP of Medical Affairs for Foundation Medicine. Foundation Medicine  is the company behind FoundationOne CDx; the first FDA-approved broad companion diagnostic (CDx) that is clinically and analytically validated for solid tumors.

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WE Have Cancer; Our Story, With Lee and Linda Silverstein

In March of 2011, just four months after Lee and Linda began dating, Lee was diagnosed with Stage II colon cancer. He underwent a partial colectomy and was able to avoid chemotherapy. In December of 2012 Lee and Linda got married and spent their honeymoon in Jamaica. When they returned, it was time for Lee’s six-month CT scan. The scan revealed a slowly growing spot on Lee’s liver. His oncologist ordered a biopsy.

On New Year’s Eve at 4 pm Lee and Linda received a call from their oncologist, Dr. Jonathan Strosberg with the news they were hoping wouldn’t come; Lee’s cancer had metastasized to his liver. He would need to undergo liver resection surgery followed by six months of chemotherapy.

In this first episode under the new title, WE Have Cancer, Lee’s wife shares her story. She talks about the emotions she’s experienced as a caregiver and new wife. She discusses where her positive outlook comes from and how she believes “We have cancer; it doesn’t have us.”

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Big Announcement – We’re Expanding Our Reach

For over three years WE Have Cancer has shared stories of information, inspiration and hope of those touched by colorectal cancer; your stories, your family members’ stories, your friends’ stories, your doctors’ stories.

As I’ve reflected back on all of these incredible interviews I realized that the whole world can be inspired by these stories. The messages contained within these deep, and often emotional conversations, can touch more people, not just those within our colorectal cancer community. And this is why I’m incredibly excited to share this major announcement with you.
Each year, more than 12 MILLION people will hear the same three DEVASTATING words: “YOU. Have. Cancer.”
As many of you know, I myself am a survivor of pediatric kidney cancer and Stage IV colon cancer.
My AMAZING wife Linda has taught me that *WE* have cancer, because every one of us is affected by it in some way — survivors, family, friends, and medical and support team members…
And we ALL have a story worth telling.
And this is why WE Have Cancer is transforming to a new name, while sharing the same inspiring stories. Welcome to
WE Have Cancer
As a Stage IV colon cancer patient I will continue to focus on the colorectal cancer community; however, if I come across an inspiring story of a breast cancer patient or a childhood cancer survivor I want to give them an opportunity to share their stories as well. You see, there are no other regularly produced podcast available today that share these stories with the world.
WE Have Cancer will debut on May 8th, when, for the very first time, I interview my wife Linda.
Like before, the podcast will be available on iTunes, the Stitcher app, Spotify, Google Play and on our new website wehavecancershow.com. All of the previous episodes will continue to be available.
The success of WE Have Cancer happened because of you. You supported the show, shared the episodes with the community and even recommended guests for me to interview. Thank you for believing in me then and thank you in advance for joining me on this exciting new journey.
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