A number of articles that highlight the promise of, and concern about immunotherapy for desperate cancer patients. While immunotherapy holds out hope for cures, it is also priced beyond the reach of most people and can have horrible side effects. Also, a lifesaving medical pump for cancer patients is being taken off the market. And, what does the diagnosis “pre-cancerous” mean. 

Articles from the New York Times, Washington Post and Baltimore Sun explore the issue of underrepresentation of elders  in medical clinical trials and how to remedy the situation.

A focus on articles about good sexual health. Topics covered include pain during sex, male contraceptives, endometriosis, and sex after a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Sound Body #1750: Risky Business, 12/08/17

Dec 4, 2017
Things I Tell My Mom

Health statistics are usually reported by the media using relative risk figures instead of absolute risk. These statistics play a role in helping people make lifestyle and health decisions. For example, it is important for health consumers to know that an increase in absolute risk from 0.77 per cent to 1.29 per cent is also a 70% increase in relative risk. Three articles provide many different examples to help clarify the difference between relative and absolute risk.

The disappointing results from new cancer drugs. A personal story of navigating the health insurance system after a cancer diagnosis. The biggest cancer breakthroughs of 2016.

After decades of work, determined researchers are close to marketing a treatment that turbocharges the immune system to fight cancer.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is awarded a grant to subsidize cancer treatment for pets, the latest in tech gadgets for pets, and how to get a cat out of a tree.

Steven Kelman writes a personal essay in The Atlantic magazine about navigating the ups and downs of a life-changing central nervous system lymphoma diagnosis.

Elephants and other large mammals rarely get cancer, while humans and dogs get it all the time.  Researchers are looking to elephants to discover why they are immune, and what this can tell us about a cure for cancer.

Dr. Atul Gawande writes for New Yorker magazine about the waste and danger of unnecessary medical care.  Conclusion to the article "Overkill".

Dr. Atul Gawande writes for New Yorker magazine about the waste and danger of unnecessary medical care