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Understanding Cancer / Leftover Luggage Sale

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Sep 4, 2017 8:00 PM

In 2014, more than two hundred cancer patients at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute of Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine were surveyed about the status of their cancer.  49% got it wrong, they couldn't accurately define the stages of their disease.  A third didn't know if they were in remission or not.

This lack of understanding leads to poor decision making about treatment, according to the report. For oncology specialists, the study cites "this raises significant concerns regarding the informed consent process and our ability to provide care that truly aligns with patient preferences and goals of care."

Dr. Shanthi Sivendran is an oncologist at Lancaster General and co-author of the report.  She says the shock of a cancer diagnosis often leads patients to tune out the details, telling a Penn Medicine News blog  "You drop the word 'Cancer,' and the brain is fixated on that word. It doesn't matter, all the other things you're saying around it, oftentimes patients describe it as being stuck at 'You just told me I have cancer.'"

Dr. Sivendran joins Smart Talk to talk about this lack of awareness and efforts to better educate cancer patients about their disease.

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Dr. Shanthi Sivendran - Oncologist/Hematologist, Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine

Also, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services is selling off items either confiscated by the TSA or simply abandoned at airports.  From golf clubs to bullet belts, pantyhose to power tools, the state will sell the stuff at the State Surplus Distribution Center for half price through the end of the week.

DGS spokeman Troy Thompson will be in studio to talk about the ordinary, the unique, the good, the bad and the ugly flotsam and jetsam of the airports of the Northeast.

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Troy Thompson - Press Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of General Services


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