A Second Opinion When You’ve Been Diagnosed With Cancer
LISTEN NOW to a discussion about the diagnosis of cancer and why it’s so important to advocate for what you need, and when necessary, get a second opinion for the best course of treatment.
12/2/19—94.1 FM and online at KPFA.org
For 50 years the second opinion has been providing free multidisciplinary, second opinions to adults in California diagnosed with new or recurrent cancers. One of their goals is to ensure that every cancer patient is empowered to make informed medical decisions.
Dr. Howard Kleckner is a hematologist-oncologist and is the current Medical Director of thesecondopinion with offices in San Francisco and now Oakland-Berkeley. He was Chief of Hematology-Oncology at the Kaiser Permanente Hayward/Fremont centers for over 30years where he also served as the Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Kleckner served for many years on the California Board of the American Cancer Society and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the California Medical Society.
As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Joan Venticinque, has over 12 years of experience as a patient and research advocate. She is a member of numerous advocacy organizations and has been an advocate reviewer and member of the research team on grants for California Breast Cancer Research Program, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, National Cancer Institute, LIVESTRONG and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She currently sits as a community member on the Stanford Scientific Review Committee, reviewing clinical trials. Her past work experience with Bay Area Cancer Connections, and the Cancer Supportive Care Program at the Stanford Cancer Center, along with her current work at The Second Opinion, keeps her connected with the current issues cancer patients face.
Health and Healing for Veterans
Listen now to the 11/11/19 show on About Health on 94.1FM—KPFA.org. We focused on health services and quality of life for veterans.
There are about 9 million Americans who use the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), a publicly funded national healthcare system that delivers care in over 1,700 sites, including acute-care hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, inpatient residential programs, and campus and community-based centers. With a salaried staff of nearly 300,000, the VHA is the nation’s largest and only integrated healthcare system that has full public funding.
Eddie Ramirez MSGT, USAF (Retired), has been serving veterans in a variety of ways for the past 10 years. In 2013 he founded OneVet OneVoice, an organization to serve as a proving ground for his model of Veteran care. In 2003 Eddie served in the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant, following his 22-year career with the Armed Forces, and worked for the Department of Labor in 2005. He worked for the Veterans Administration as the Administrative Officer for Mental Health Services from 2009-14. It was that experience that helped him put together the H.E.H.E. model that OneVet OneVoice is currently using in San Francisco. Throughout Eddie’s military and federal government service, he always stayed involved with Veteran issues including being the Founder of the San Francisco Veterans Town Hall Collaborative; a monthly town hall for Veterans and community partners to learn about Veterans services. He also conducts workshops to assist Veterans with employment, specifically how to obtain a job with the federal government. And he is the Founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival, a creative avenue to allow Veterans and the public to engage with each other on an artistic level.
John R. McQuaid, PhD is the Chief of the Mental Health Service at the San Francisco VA Health Care System, Vice Chair for Adult Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF and Vice Chair for San Francisco VA Health Care System at the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF. From 1995 to 2009 he served on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego and as a staff member at the San Diego VA Health Care System, moving into the role of Associate Chief of Psychology in 2004. Dr. McQuaid’s research has focused on designing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for psychological and behavioral problems, including dual diagnosis conditions (depression and substance dependence), psychosis, anxiety disorders, high risk sex behaviors, and phantom limb pain. He is currently a Site Investigator for a VA multi-site study comparing forms of therapy (cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure) for the treatment of PTSD. Dr. McQuaid’s clinical and teaching expertise is in cognitive-behavioral interventions for mood and anxiety disorders. He has served as a member of VA task forces to establish guidelines for the treatment of depression, and chaired the American Psychological Association Depression Guideline Panel. Dr. McQuaid is past Secretary of the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders, and formerly served as President of the organization. He is the author of A Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression, and Cognitive-Behavioral Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia.
Sustainable Food Practices And Our Health
Listen now to the show I did with Anna Lappé, on About Health, KPFA.org, 94.1FM, 10/21/19
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, an advocate for sustainability and justice along the food chain, and an advisor to funders investing in food system transformation. A James Beard Leadership Award recipient, Anna is the co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to more than a dozen others. Named one of TIME’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including the Small Planet Institute, which she launched with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, and Real Food Media, which partners with food movement allies. As a funder, she has led the grantmaking of the Small Planet Fund for more than a decade and created and runs the Food & Democracy program of the Panta Rhea Foundation. Anna is a founding Steering Committee member of the Castanea Fellowship and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the Food and Farm Communications Fund along with her board service at the Mesa Refuge and Rainforest Action Network. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two daughters.
Heart Based Medicine
Listen NOW to About Health (9/2/19) to learn about Heart Based Medicine and how it can change how doctors and patients relate and heal.
“Imagine a medical system that puts the patient back into the center of healing, and where the doctor-patient relationship is the keystone to that healing. More and more medical professionals all around the world are recognizing that unless they engage their hearts, and fully connect with their patients, they are failing to offer the best version of themselves, and then their healing potential is limited. Heart Based Medicine was formed to resuscitate the heart of healing within healthcare.” www.heartbasedmedicine.org
Dr. Jan Bonhoeffer is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Basel Children’s Hospital, in Switzerland. He has built and led large global research networks to improve child health, has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters on infectious diseases and vaccines, and worked with the World Health Organization to shape global health programs. In 2015, Dr. Bonhoeffer underwent a significant shift in the way that he thought about medicine. He realized that moments of true healing occur when he is not simply executing state of the art medical knowledge, but when he is participating in a healing event with the patient, which he is not in control of. So now he focusses on the human-to-human transmission of disease and disease prevention in the way that we affect each other. He is the founder of Heart Based Medicine https://heartbasedmedicine.org/about/
Register for the Heart Based Medicine 2019 Summit (September 12-14) https://heartbasedmedicine.org/summit-registration
Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life
Listen now to 8/19/19 show on KPFA.org, for the interview with author and Geriatrician Louise Aronson. She offers a powerful roadmap for how we approach old age, and she gives hope about aging, medicine, and humanity. She breaks down our pre-conceived ideas about aging and old age, and points to the ways the health care system and medical care is broken and often fails older people.