I wish u knew... The benefits of quitting smoking - even after a cancer diagnosis

Dr. Anil Vachani discusses quitting smoking after a cancer diagnosis has many benefits for the patient.

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I wish u knew... Skin cancer 101


Dr. Miller discusses the need to change the perception that having tan skin makes you look healthy and the need for public health to address skin cancer.

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I wish u knew... Lung Cancer: Navigating a new diagnosis


Dr. Anil Vachani discusses lung cancer and coping with diagnosis.

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I wish u knew... Cancer Research & Genetics

Dr. Peter O’Dwyer is a dapper Dubliner who talks a straight game. He didn’t skip a beat when I asked him to share what he wishes people knew more about.


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I wish u knew... Pancreatic Cancer & Family History


Dr. Peter O'Dwyer discusses pancreatic cancer, family history, screening and future research.

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    I am, as best as I can describe it, a Roman Catholic.  I was raised in the church, have had all the appropriate sacraments for a person of my age, and attend mass (most of the time).  I would be most accurately described as a “cafeteria Catholic”.  That is, I pick and choose those Catholic…

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    After my first cancer surgery, I woke up hungry. Ravenously hungry. Give-me-something-to-eat-now-or-else hungry. The way my stomach was growling, you would think that I had been fasting for weeks, and not just since midnight the night before being admitted to the hospital. But now it was after 5 pm, I was out of recovery and…

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