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Cancer U Thrivers

Share Your Story: Brad Power

  • E24
  • 40:57
  • September 14th 2021

Brad Power is a lymphoma cancer survivor. He is trying to accelerate cancer treatment through innovation, and he’s building on his experience with process reengineering and managing technology.

  • 01:50: The physician came back, and he said, we've done the scan, we think you have lymphoma.
  • 04:20: I needed to be seen and get treated as fast as possible.
  • 06:00: The scan showed hotspots where there was more cancer activity.
  • 08:34: There was this thing that was pressing against my organs, and it was that pressing that was causing the pain.
  • 11:01: How did you feel as a patient?
  • 13:53: What did that chemotherapy regimen look like?
  • 16:25: I'm a super health nut — always have been.
  • 18:15: The idea of pushing myself to the limit physically for exercise was something else that I did.
  • 20:29: I do think there's a balance between fasting, extreme fasting and I like that you fasted for 16 hours, not for 20 hours.
  • 21:22: What was your worst moment in all of this?
  • 22:02: What about your best moment?
  • 24:23: At the time of my diagnosis, I was also writing articles for the Harvard Business Review.
  • 26:39: Wow, thank you very much for sharing. You as a patient have a voice.
  • 29:00: What is one thing that you wish you had known at the beginning of your cancer journey?
  • 31:13: If you could only do one thing to improve healthcare in the US, what would it be and why?
  • 34:50: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions
  • 36:01: Aside from Cancer U, what is one resource that you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers? 


About the sponsor

This episode is sponsored by Side Effect Support, an online resource for cancer patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers to reduce harmful oral side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Cancer U Thrivers

Andrea Wilson Woods is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and patient advocate. She founded the nonprofit Blue Faery after losing her sister Adrienne, whom she raised, to stage IV liver cancer at age 15. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, an online platform for cancer patients and caregivers.

Each week, she interviews cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, and providers about their cancer journeys. Their stories will inspire, encourage, motivate, and teach you how to navigate our complex healthcare system. On the Cancer U Thrivers Podcast, real people share true stories.

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Andrea Wilson Woods

ANDREA WILSON WOODS is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea synergizes her talents of coaching, writing, teaching, and advocacy. For over ten years, Andrea worked in the education field as a teacher and professor for public and private schools as well as universities. Andrea obtained her master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California; her nonfiction writing has won national awards. Her bestselling and award-winning medical memoir Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days is about the seven years she raised her younger sister Adrienne until her death at age 15 from stage IV liver cancer.