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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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Allison Risha, RN, BSN, OCN, a nursing program coordinator from the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, joins Mike and Joyce to talk about the current state of clinical trials for genitourinary cancers. Ms. Risha has... more

Dr. Ilene Sussman, Executive Director of the VHL Alliance, based in Boston, Massachusetts, speaks with Mike and Joyce about the celebration of Rare Disease Day being co-sponsored by the Alliance and the Massachusetts... more

Joyce speaks with Rumi Chumara of the project Flu Near You, which tracks 40,000 weekly responses from volunteers about their health, and about any flu symptoms. Their goal is to save lives from potentially deadly influenza by... more

Louise Bunting is a mother in Northern Ireland whose daughter Rebekah was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a little known and particulatly aggressive form of brain cancer. Louise is grateful to her community... more

Doctors were asked what they would say to their patients if they could. Mike and Joyce discuss their answers. Find out what your doctor REALLY thinks!

Kelly Buttiglieri of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts speak with Joyce and Mike about the impact that Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can have one someone's life. Being knocked out cold -- on the playing field, in a car accident,... more

Patricia Weltin, Founder and CEO of Rare Disease United, will speak with Mike and Joyce on Thursday, January 23. Patty's two daughters have a rare disease called "Hypermelanosis of Ito" (HI). She is not looking to educate you about HI.... more

Mike Lawing attended the Kidney Cancer Symposium in Chicago in October 2013, a forum for the top kidney cancer doctors in the world to share ideas. He has prepared a report for the KCA, presenting the highlights of the meeting in... more

Betty Garrett speaks with Joyce and Mike about her non-profit organization, Caregivers4Cancer. Unless you have a medical degree or background, chances are you don't know how to care for a cancer patient. As the wife of a cancer... more

Joyce and Mike speak with Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs of MIT's Newman Lab for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation. His group is inventing robots -- machines to assist patients with rehabilitation from brain injury - from stroke to... more
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