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Second Opinion

The Future of Cancer Treatment (#912)

Advances in the fight against cancer are due to the work of health care professionals, clinical researchers, and thousands of cancer patients and advocates. Since cancer isn't a single disease, understanding the differences and similarities in how various cancers behave is essential to better treatment in the future. Hear from Judy Orem, who relates her experience as a patient in a clinical trial. [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Fast-paced and provocative, SECOND OPINION focuses on health literacy in an engaging, entertaining and accessible way. The long-running series engages a panel of medical professionals and lay people in honest, in-depth discussions about complex health issues and life-changing medical decisions. Host Dr. Peter Salgo, who maintains a full-time practice at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, presents intriguing, real-life medical cases to professionals representing a variety of specialties. As the experts grapple with the diagnosis and treatment options, viewers gain an understanding of doctors' decision-making process. This season, topics include: psoriasis, chronic pain management, medical radiation, pituitary gland tumor, living with Alzheimer's, pneumonia, autism and more.

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All Upcoming Episodes

  • Controlling Hypertension (#1007)

    Patient Story: Connie Bentley thought she was doing everything right-she ate well and exercised every day. But like many Americans, her hypertension went untreated-and she almost paid the ultimate... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • C. Difficile (#1008)

    Patient Story: When the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C.diff) grows out of control in your intestines, you can become very sick with what is commonly known as C. diff. Lois Joseph shares her... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Hepatitis C (#1101)

    Patient Story: Hepatitis C is a worldwide health problem, and in the U.S. alone, an estimated 3.2 million people are living with chronic Hepatitis C infection. Our patient Kimberly Bossley... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Addiction to Pain Medications (#1102)

    Patient Story: What usually starts innocently enough as taking pain medication appropriately prescribed by a doctor, can turn into a deadly addiction for some. Jennifer Matesa shares her story of... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Sleep Apnea (#1103)

    Patient Story: Symptoms that arise from sleep disorders may not immediately be recognized as being caused by sleep problems. Meet Carol Hage Wall who initially didn't believe her struggles were... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Childhood Cancer (#1104)

    Patient Story: Few things are as sad or shocking than to hear of a child diagnosed with cancer. While these children fight for their lives, doctors and researchers fight for research dollars to... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Advances In Alzheimer's Disease (#1105)

    Patient Story: Recent medical studies raise the possibility of blood tests capable of predicting who is at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Joanne Mee DeHond shares her mother's... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

Past Episodes

These episodes of Second Opinion aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.

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