News and updates about cancer.

Are Pets Susceptible To Melanoma?

May 31, 2014

“Sound Medicine” healthy pet expert Liz Murphy, DVM, joins host Barbara Lewis in the studio to talk about why cats and dogs are at risk for melanoma. According to Dr. Murphy, melanoma in pets has nothing to do with sun exposure. Tumors in the mouth and between the toes on pets usually indicate melanoma. Catching melanoma early in pets, as well as in humans, is key to survival because melanoma metastasizes quickly. Establishing a quick once-over routine with your pet can help detect tumors quickly.

Intraoperative radiation

May 30, 2014

Traditional radiation for breast cancer patients usually involves six weeks of treatment after surgery. Community Health Network in Central Indiana is now offering INTRABEAM radiation to women with early-stage breast cancer. INTRABEAM radiation is a 20- to 30-minute dose of radiation applied directly to the cancerous area during surgery. S. Chace Lottich, M.D., a breast surgeon with Community Health Network, joins “Sound Medicine” to discuss the role of INTRABEAM therapy and its side effects, benefits and effectiveness.

Sound Medicine: February 9, 2014

Feb 9, 2014

“Sound Medicine” on Feb. 9 features a retrospective on the lessons that Vincent Gattone taught his medical students about life and death while he underwent treatment for cancer.

Global Impact Of Breast Cancer

Oct 27, 2013

Joanne Silberner, freelance reporter and journalism instructor at the University of Washington, traveled to Uganda, Haiti and India last year to do a series of stories on the global impact of cancer. In Uganda she met Gertrude Nakigudde, an accountant and founding member of the Uganda Women Cancer Support Organization. Both women are breast cancer survivors who had radically different experiences in their diagnosis, treatment and recovery. In a touching narrative, Silberner and Nakigudde compare and contrast their experiences with breast cancer.

According to a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania, 83 percent of oncologists have experienced shortages of cancer drugs that affected their ability to properly treat patients. Erin Fox, Pharm.D., visits “Sound Medicine” to discuss the reasons behind the shortages of injectable drugs.

Sound Medicine: September 29, 2013

Sep 29, 2013

The award-winning “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Sept. 29, with a conversation about the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes, the eradication of the Guinea worm, and new World Health Organization guidelines for HIV/AIDS treatment in young children.

Higher Risk Of Cancer For Golden Retrievers

May 9, 2013
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More than half of all golden retrievers develop cancer in their lifetime. Veterinarians don’t understand why they’re at a much higher risk than other animals, but there are genetic links and factors that can lead to cancer.

Sound Medicine March 4, 2012

Mar 4, 2012

This week, identifying developmental problems in kids; treating cancer in Kenya; sustainable global health programs; essential tremor; and the ups and downs of emergency medicine.