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Promising Melanoma Drugs, This Week on Sound Medicine


Sound Medicine airs Sunday, Sept.11, at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1FM. For the airtime on a public radio station near you, check the Sound Medicine website. 

New melanoma drugs. In the past few months, the FDA has approved two new drugs for treating metastatic melanoma, the kind that has spread beyond the original site. It is a tough cancer to beat. IU skin cancer expert Doug Schwartzentruber, M.D., will discuss these promising medications.
Dr. Schwartzentruber, an IU Health physician, is associate director of clinical operations at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

Medical school for free. In a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, Peter Bach, M.D., of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, proposed doing away with tuition for medical school. He will chat with Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., and explain how no-cost medical school could help doctors in particular and our health-care system overall. Dr. Bach directs the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Book: Alone Together. Now that college students are back on campus, parents may wonder how much time their kids spend studying versus how much time they spend on Facebook. Author Sherry Turkle, Ph.D., will discuss her view that social media applications like Facebook can actually harm college students’ self-esteem. Professor Turkle directs the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

What makes a good healer? In the first of a four-part series, authors David Schenck, Ph.D., and Larry Churchill, Ph.D., will examine the traits of great physicians. For their book Healers: Extraordinary Clinicians at Work, our guests interviewed more than 50 medical practitioners who’ve been identified by their peers as the best in their profession. Drs. Schenck and Churchill are on faculty at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

For more information on this show or archived editions, check the Sound Medicine website.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by Indiana University Health Physicians, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Did you Know is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

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