Host Jacqueline Gaulin hears from a 3-time cancer survivor Dave Dubin. He discusses the availability of genetic testing for colon cancer, and why its important to be screened when there is a family history of cancer. He also talks about AliveAndKickn his blog, turned non-profit, turned podcast. Then GI psychologist Stephen Lupe offers tips on coping with anxiety and fear of having a colonoscopy.
Dr. Lupe is a Clinical Health Psychologist in the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute in the department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Dr. Lupe completed his Master’s degree and Doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in integrated behavioral health at The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Dr. Lupe then completed his predoctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology at the University of Florida Health Science Center. His clinical and research interests include integrated care, chronic pain, health promotion, disease prevention intervention, acceptance and commitment therapy, program development within health systems, and interdisciplinary treatment team approaches aimed at increasing health behaviors. His dissertation examined the effects of training on health behavior counseling among clinicians.
In 1997 at age 29, David Dubin was surprised to learn of his colon cancer diagnosis. Although his grandfather and father both had colon cancer, he didn’t associate his bleeding and cramping to symptoms of the disease. Neither did his primary care physician who neglected to recommend a colonoscopy, despite his family history. Not until several months later when he finally saw a specialist did David learn he had colon cancer.
It wasn’t until 2007 and a second colon cancer diagnosis that David had genetic tested and found out he has Lynch syndrome. David Dubin is now a three-time cancer survivor and patient with Lynch Syndrome, a genetic mutation that predisposes individuals to cancer. David is a fierce advocate and public speaker for awareness, screening and genetic testing. As a founder of AliveAndKickn, a patient-centered nonprofit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and research of Lynch Syndrome, David is committed to actively helping patients and researchers combat this disease.
Along with his wife Robin, David has developed AliveAndKickn to focus on providing resources for Lynch syndrome patients and developing innovative tools like The HEROIC Registry to further research. They continue to work towards expanding outreach and education about Lynch syndrome in the clinical communities and to the general public. AliveAndKickn’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by Lynch Syndrome and associated cancers through research, education, and screening.
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