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Do you feel helpless in the face of "the system?" This show is to help you learn how to take control and steer your way to health. Hear how others have met these challenges and overcome them. Learn how you can do so too. This program is a forum to share your experiences, ask your questions, and learn how to create and manage your health care team. Make the healthcare system work for you!

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We are on the brink of incredible discoveries states Al Copland. I used to not believe that you could cure cancers, but I do now as he talks of today's cancer research programs. Mike, Joyce, and Robin talk with John A. Copland III, Ph.D.,... more

Today we talk with Anna Landre, a student at Georgetown University who declares in a February 2019 article in The Hoya ?The United States' disability social safety net is profoundly broken. Although Medicaid was created in 1965... more

In this Powerful Patient conversation our team talks to Ann and Chris, two female survivors of Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer). Unlike most of our guests they are not engaged with cancer advocacy on a national or regional... more

Our Guest for today was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2008. An article about her posted by the American Association for Cancer Research describes her this way: Cindy Chmielewski is a social media rock star in myeloma patient... more

We speak with Rebecca Esparza, a passionate advocate for research into Ovarian Cancer. ?It was August of 2001 [at age 30] when I awoke one evening with a stabbing pain in my side that was so serious, I headed straight to the... more

Wenora Johnson's 3 rounds of cancer have left her a strong believer in genetic testing and patient advocacy. She is writing a book, In Spite of it All, and serves as a research advocate, to bring the perspective of a patient to the colorectal... more

Susie Brain speaks with Mike Lawing about her work as an advocate for survivors with breast cancer. For the past 12 years, Susie Brain has worked with both local and national advocacy organizations serving on research and survivorship... more

Martin Townsend had just gotten his first taste of independence. He had enjoyed his freshman year at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and was back on campus for his sophomore year. But he didn't feel well. Random fevers and... more

Allison Mayoral of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan.org) speaks with Mike, Robin, and Joyce about pancreatic cancer. In her role as Patient Services Manager Allison works to provide comprehensive informational service... more

Dr. Peter Caravan of Massachusetts General Hospital talks with Robin and Joyce about his research toward a safer contrast medium for MRI's. MRI imaging is a very important tool in diagnosing medical conditions and working out treatment... more
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