cancer

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