Radio host, David Naimon, (of KBOO FM/Portland) does an excellent job of asking guest, John Leifer, pivotally important questions regarding issues facing recently diagnosed cancer patients and their loved ones. [please note that you may wish to skip past the intro music on the podcast]
Among the many topics covered in this 30 minute interview are:
- How to evaluate and select a physician
- How to know whether you are receiving the appropriate treatment for your condition
- When to obtain a second opinion
- The importance of understanding the goals of your treatment
- Differentiating between cure, control, and comfort in cancer treatment
- Unexplained geographic variations in care, and what they can mean to your treatment
- Financial issues associated with treatment and how to manage the challenges
- Identifying if your physician has a financial conflict of interest associated with your treatment...and what this can be mean to your care
- The role of nutrition and exercise during the journey through cancer
- The role of complementary medicine in cancer treatment
- How to obtain more information about your disease and its treatment
The interview came about due to the publication of Leifer's new book, After You Hear It's Cancer: A Guide to Navigating the Difficult Journey Ahead, written collaboratively with his wife, Lori, a radiation oncologist in practice for 25+ years.
John has spent 30 years immersed in the health care industry as a health care executive, consultant, academician, and author.
In addition to their formal training, John and Lori also bring the perspective of patient and caregiver (Dr. Leifer is a cancer survivor)