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0 January 6th, 2011 Kathryn Joosten on bringing the reality of lung cancer to special eps of B&B!

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As we had reported before the holidays, Desperate Housewives two -time Emmy winner Kathryn Joosten (Karen McClusky) will appear in the very special 6,000 episode of The Bold and the Beautiful to air on February 7th.  In it, Joosten, a real life lung cancer survivor will be part of the lung cancer group that Stephanie Forrester  (Susan Flannery) is looking to cultivate.  Joosten fills TV Guide in on her appearance, a little sneak peek at how Nick Marone (Jack Wagner) figures into the special episode equation, and the stigma today attached to lung cancer.  Here are a few excerpts:

Joosten on B&B’s commitment to continue telling the lung cancer story: “There’s a real stigma attached to all this. Lung cancer today is thought of like AIDS was in the ’80s — it’s considered the disease you gave yourself. Basically the public is saying, “You did it to yourself. You’re not gonna live. So what do you want us to do about it?” People only got serious about AIDS when it shifted to the heterosexual population. But B&B is really getting the truth out there — they’re actually listening to what cancer patients have to say — and that’s thrilling. And this is a very successful soap around the world so the potential here is huge.”

Joosten on how  B&B’s Nick figures into the special cancer episode: “Nick has a spot on his lung — he thinks it’s scar tissue and I tell him he’s in denial. When I had cancer the second time, my doctor saw something on my lung and said it was probably a scar but checked it anyway, and it’s a good thing. I tell Nick he needs to get himself tested. He’s in total denial, you know? That’s why this is all so phenomenal — we got to have real, plain-talking open conversations. Off-camera, too! I was talking to one of the cancer patients who’s going to be on the show. She was diagnosed with stage IV but wasn’t taking antidepressants. She said, “I’m going to just tough it through.” I said, “Why on earth would you do that?”

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