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This Week on Sound Medicine — June 6

Doug Schwartzentruber, M.D., medical director of the Goshen Center for Cancer Care in Goshen, Indiana, was named to the 2010 TIME 100 for his work in developing a vaccine for melanoma. He will discuss his study – one of the first to find that vaccines may be effective against some types of cancer. The melanoma vaccine, combined with an existing treatment, greatly increased tumor shrinkage and helped keep the cancer from spreading.

It’s not uncommon for women who’ve had cancer in one breast to give serious consideration to removing the other one as a preventive measure. Does this make sense, both from a medical standpoint as well as psychologically? Co-host and IU breast cancer specialist Kathy Miller, M.D., will talk about the most recent study that shows that removing the healthy breast does benefit one select group of women.

Also focusing on breast cancer, co-host and pharmacogeneticist David Flockhart, M.D., talks to his colleague Bryan Schneider, M.D., a medical oncologist at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, who wants to determine which breast cancer patients will benefit from the drug Avastin.

Sound Medicine commentator Aaron Carroll, M.D., provides a point-by-point walk through of the elements of health care reform that are taking effect in 2010. A patient’s bill of rights will be released soon. What’s likely to be in it? In describing the bill of rights, President Obama said it would set up an appeals process to enforce rights. How might that work?

Maree Webster, M.D., who supervises the Stanley Medical Research Institute at Johns Hopkins University, talks about their brain bank and how it helps researchers find answers to difficult diseases including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. Researchers can access the database for free and request tissue samples without cost.

Listen to this week’s show online. Find archived editions at the Sound Medicine website.

Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.
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