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Brain Cancer / Capital News

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Sep 21, 2017 8:00 PM


On the Friday, September 22nd edition of WITF's Smart Talk:

Phillies fans were shocked by the passing of star catcher Darren Daulton of brain cancer last month.   He lost his battle with cancer at 55, after two years of remission.  Daulton's passing came on the heels of Arizona Senator John McCain's announcement that he was diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, a diagnosis that predicts a survival time of just over a year, with treatment.

On the Friday edition of WITF's Smart Talk, we'll discuss diagnoses and treatment of different types of brain cancer and why it is so difficult to determine the causes with Dr. Brad Zacharia, director of neuro-oncology and skull-based surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Dr. Brad Zacharia - director of neuro-oncology and skull-based surgery, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Also, it's been a hectic week in the state's capital; the senate voted down a cut-heavy budget proposal from Republican representatives, the state saw its credit rating downgraded and Governor Wolf voiced his displeasure with the latest Obamacare repeal package.

WITF's Capital Bureau Chief Katie Meyer will join Smart Talk to update on the latest happenings in Harrisburg.

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Katie Meyer - WITF Capital Bureau Chief


- Is there a connection between injury to the brain and later development of cancer in the same region of the brain?                             - Rebecca, Harrisburg

- Is there research being done to find a way to increase early detection of brain tumors? Is there any value to early detection?

When you are on an HMO type plan you must see your Primary Care physician before going to a specialist and frequently they don't want to refer you to another doctor because they have a different opinion of a person's symptoms than the person; do you know any words that regular people could use to convince their primary care doctors to take their symptoms seriously enough to refer them to a neuro-specialist?             - anon

- In 2007 I was diagnosed with a stage four glio blastoma multiple form. Typically a cancer found in men over 65, I was a 24 year of age female AND the first person to ever have cancer in either side of my family. How did this happen?                                                      - Bethany, Lancaster

- How are doctors and hospitals using genetic coding to diagnose and treat various cancers?  - Vonny, Lancaster

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