Powerful Patient

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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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Mike and Joyce speak with Dana Dornsife, President and Founder of an organization called Lazarex that helps people identify and participate in clinical trials that may be appropriate for their condition. Dana first became involved in cancer patient advocacy when her brother-in-law, Mike Miller, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003. Mike had three children, the youngest of whom was only four years old. Dana and her family searched for options for Mike that would buy the family some time and found a clinical trial treatment. Mike was treated successfully and lived long enough for his youngest daughter to have real memories of him. Since then, Dana has fought tirelessly for improved options for cancer patients who have been told there is no hope left. Lazarex Cancer Foundation was formed in 2006 to build a bridge to hope, dignity and life for cancer patients and their families. It provides financial assistance to defray the costs associated with patient participation in FDA clinical trials. Additionally, it helps patients navigate their clinical trial options and provide community education and outreach services. - helps patients of all ages and walks of life, with all forms of cancer. - helps patients take advantage of medical breakthroughs today, because they may not have a tomorrow. - believes that the size of a patient's checkbook should not stand between them and the choices they make or the treatments they need. - provides resources to fill the gap that exists between when a patient is told there is no more hope and when they are truly done with their journey in life. For more information, see http://www.lazarex.org
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Mike and Joyce chat about the adventure of going outside your comfort zone for medical care. Joyce has been hosting a family from a village on the west coast of Ecuador who are in Boston to get life-saving heart surgery for their son. Not... more

Joyce and Mike speak with Dr. Joshua Seidman about the concept of "Meaningful Use" in healthcare and how it can be used along with electronic health records (EHR) to improve patient care. Dr. Seidman is Vice President in charge of... more

Joyce and Mike speak with Edward Grandi about Sleep. the importance of sleep. Grandi, the former executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association, is a nationally and internationally invited speaker in the field of sleep medicine... more

Dr. Nancy Finn has written a sequel to her book, ePatients Live Longer. Joyce and Mike speak with her about the new edition, and what she has learned since the writing of her earlier book. How does it help a patient to do some research,... more

Steven Lewis has written a new book about surviving pancreatic cancer. Joyce speaks with him about his experience, and the advice he would give to other cancer patients. In what his physicians have called a ?miraculous recovery,?... more

Mike and Joyce speak with Dr. Julia Hallisy about The Empowered Patient Coalition: providing healthcare improvement and patient safety tools directly to consumers. http://empoweredpatientcoalition.org About Dr. Hallisy: Dr. Julia... more

Mike and Joyce speak with Lisa Dwoskin about fitness. And don't worry, as a former gym owner she believes that the WORST way to get in shape is to join a gym! How many people think, ?If only I could lose the weight then I would finally... more

Our guest is Dr. Uchenna Onyeachom, Director of Endovascular Researh at Heart and Vascular Outcomes Research Institute in Beverly, Massachusetts, http://www.hvori.org We will be talking with him about the Venous Patient... more
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