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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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Joyce and Robin speak with Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society. They discuss a recent article by Dr. Zheng and colleagues at the American Cancer Society that appeared in their journal Cancer... more

Patients who are disruptive or non-compliant risk being discharged from dialysis, which puts them at high risk of dying. There are two sides to this question: Patients should follow directions and behave well toward their caregivers... more

Joyce Graff was the keynote speaker at Northeastern University on March 24, 2017. She spoke at midnight, at the Luminaria ceremony, a moving tribute to the many people for whom the students were raising money to cure cancer.... more

Debbie B. shares her adventure with a rare kidney tumor, and show us the importance of learning her options. Debbie was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Doctors recommended removing her kidney. Before proceeding, Debbie asked... more

The Kidney Cancer Research Alliance (KCCure) is a grassroots organization of patients, caregivers, doctors and medical researchers dedicated to curing kidney cancer through increased funding that accelerates research. Dena Battle... more

Batten Disease is one of the group of lysosomal storage diseases for which there is finally a medication to help.

Joyce and Robin speak with Karen Gibson of Florida. Karen shares her story of living with kidney cancer and working with others in her community to inspire them with hope.

Lung cancer affects more people than all the other prominent cancers combined. We have all heard that lung cancer is usually caused by smoking. But other causes are being understood -- causes that we can now avoid. Alison Grimes of... more

Dr. Ross Camidge is an international expert in Lung Cancer. Dr. Camidge speaks with Robin Martinez and Joyce Graff about his research, and what people need to know about lung cancer. His research covers the causes and... more

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International have partnered to end polio -- not just in the U.S. but worldwide and forever. You can help. Dr. Jay Wenger, Director of Polio Eradication for the Gates Foundation, speaks with... more
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