In the final installment of a three-part interview, Vincent Gattone, Ph.D., a professor of pathology and instructor of gross anatomy at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and his oncologist Paul Helft, M.D., speak with Rich Frankel, Ph.D., to discuss the progression of Dr. Gattone's incurable disease. Dr. Helft recounts his experience treating his former professor for the past eight months and how their relationship has changed.

Are Pets Susceptible To Melanoma?

May 31, 2014

“Sound Medicine” healthy pet expert Liz Murphy, DVM, joins host Barbara Lewis in the studio to talk about why cats and dogs are at risk for melanoma. According to Dr. Murphy, melanoma in pets has nothing to do with sun exposure. Tumors in the mouth and between the toes on pets usually indicate melanoma. Catching melanoma early in pets, as well as in humans, is key to survival because melanoma metastasizes quickly. Establishing a quick once-over routine with your pet can help detect tumors quickly.

Intraoperative radiation

May 30, 2014

Traditional radiation for breast cancer patients usually involves six weeks of treatment after surgery. Community Health Network in Central Indiana is now offering INTRABEAM radiation to women with early-stage breast cancer. INTRABEAM radiation is a 20- to 30-minute dose of radiation applied directly to the cancerous area during surgery. S. Chace Lottich, M.D., a breast surgeon with Community Health Network, joins “Sound Medicine” to discuss the role of INTRABEAM therapy and its side effects, benefits and effectiveness.

Research Shows Test That Detects Benign Pancreatic Cysts

May 28, 2014
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For the first time, there’s a simple test that detects benign pancreatic cysts with 99 percent accuracy, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Sound Medicine: May 4, 2014

May 4, 2014

The "Sound Medicine" program for May 4

The number of people getting colon cancer has fallen by 30 percent over the past decade in people over 50, and much of that progress is due to screening, a study finds.

But a substantial number of people in that target age group still haven't been screened, and a consortium of organizations say they're pushing to get 80 percent of those people screened at least once by 2018.

Everybody knows smoking is hazardous. Being around someone who smokes isn't such a good idea either. "There's no safe amount of secondhand smoke," the surgeon general has said.

Now thirdhand smoke is getting scrutiny. What's thirdhand smoke? It's the residue from smoke that settles onto clothes, hair, furniture or anything else in a smoker's vicinity.

Sound Medicine: February 9, 2014

Feb 9, 2014

“Sound Medicine” on Feb. 9 features a retrospective on the lessons that Vincent Gattone taught his medical students about life and death while he underwent treatment for cancer.

Global Impact Of Breast Cancer

Oct 27, 2013

Joanne Silberner, freelance reporter and journalism instructor at the University of Washington, traveled to Uganda, Haiti and India last year to do a series of stories on the global impact of cancer. In Uganda she met Gertrude Nakigudde, an accountant and founding member of the Uganda Women Cancer Support Organization. Both women are breast cancer survivors who had radically different experiences in their diagnosis, treatment and recovery. In a touching narrative, Silberner and Nakigudde compare and contrast their experiences with breast cancer.