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Welcome to “How Healing Works” Season 2: Healing and Cancer

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Welcome to Season 2 of How Healing Works focused on healing and cancer. We are so excited to introduce you to Dr. Alyssa McManamon, who will co-host this season with Dr. Wayne Jonas. For the past year, Dr. McManamon and Dr. Jonas have worked together to write their latest book, “Healing and Cancer,” as a way to share their experience and knowledge of how to deliver whole person cancer care.

In season 1 you got to know Dr. Jonas as family physician, researcher and author who strives to share the power of whole person care and understand what matters to your patients. As we begin season 2, we get to know Dr. McManamon who is a triple board-certified hematologist-oncologist. Together they will dive deep into what whole person care looks likes, feels like and should be in oncology. 


  • Whole person care is essential in cancer treatment and can improve both the quality and length of life for patients.
  • Collaboration and teamwork are crucial in implementing whole person cancer care, with various healthcare professionals playing important roles.
  • Examples of whole person cancer care include integrating supportive and integrative services into cancer centers, re-envisioning survivorship programs, and providing resources for patients.
  • The book, Healing and Cancer, serves as a comprehensive guide for cancer care teams, providing information, tools, and practical advice on implementing whole person care.
  • The podcast series aims to inspire and educate listeners on whole person cancer care, and encourages community and partnership in this area.

00:00 Introduction and Background
05:34 The Healer's Art and Whole Person Care
07:54 Understanding Whole Person Care
09:48 Integrative Oncology Leadership Collaborative
12:09 Examples of Whole Person Cancer Care
16:10 Case Study: Inova Life with Cancer
19:53 Case Study: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
21:51 Case Study: Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
24:19 Whole Person Care Throughout the Cancer Journey
26:40 The Book: Healing and Cancer
30:43 Conclusion and Call to Action



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Dr. Wayne Jonas is a board-certified physician and Dr. Alyssa McManamon is a triple-board certified hematologist/oncologist. The opinions expressed on this show are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of their places of employment, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the United States government. The opinions expressed on this podcast are meant for entertainment and education and should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition nor should they be used as a substitute for medical advice from a qualified, board-certified practicing clinician. Dr. Wayne Jonas and Dr. Alyssa McManamon have no relevant financial disclosures.

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