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Oncology Overdrive

Jul 21, 2022

In this episode, Eleonora Teplinsky, MD, discusses the evolution of advocacy in the health care space, the challenges cancer patients face after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and more.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Healio.

  • Welcome to another exciting episode of Oncology Overdrive :13
  • About Teplinsky :17
  • The interview: 1:07
  • How did you decide to do breast oncology, and how did you decide to incorporate advocacy into that space? 1:38
  • Have you seen an evolution in health care “advocacy”… and has it evolved over the years in how we engage in it? 4:47
  • Can you talk a little bit about these types of policy changes, how they’re going to impact our patients? 8:59
  • How on earth could we say, “This is a medical emergency” and not be prosecuted for terminating the pregnancy in some of these states? 14:41
  • How can we call ourselves innovative, and forward-thinking, and breaking edge technology in health care and then make decisions that put us back hundreds of years? 16:32
  • What do we suggest to our colleagues, and patients, in these states if they find themselves in this situation? 20:37
  • When there is such massive disapproval for the reversal of Roe v. Wade, how do we move forward, and how do we make this change? 27:02
  • What do you do to keep pushing forward? How do you keep yourself engaged and motivated to try and make changes when it feels like nothing you’re doing is actually making a difference? 27:59
  • Have you ever had a situation where somebody has come up to you in real life and said, “I didn’t like what you put on social media”? Has a patient recognized you in a positive or negative way from something that you put out into the ethos of social media or beyond? 29:48
  • Let’s say you had a magic wand, and you could wave it and make things exactly the way you want. What do you think needs to be done, specifically for the Roe v. Wade situation? … What would you think would be the best way to move forward? 32:43
  • If someone could only listen to the last 30 seconds of this podcast, what would you want them to take away? 34:37
  • How to contact Teplinsky 35:15
  • Thanks for listening 36:02

Eleonora Teplinsky, MD, is head of breast medical oncology at Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care; clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

We’d love to hear from you! Send your comments/questions to Dr. Jain at Follow us on Twitter @HemOncToday and @ShikhaJainMD. Teplinsky can be reached @drteplinsky on Twitter and Instagram, or at

Disclosures: Jain reports she is a paid freelance writer for Lippincott. Teplinsky reports no relevant financial disclosures.