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Talking about cancer is difficult for all involved, whether it is the person with cancer, their family or their health care providers. Why is this so hard? Communication professor Wayne Beach of San Diego State University begins this presentation with audio and video examples of how communication occurs among those affected in the context of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Deborah Mayer, an advanced practice oncology nurse from the University of North Carolina follows with a look at the different meanings of the word "cancer," the discomfort of difficult conversations, and the challenge of expressing basic fears. This is the fifth program in a series on cancer, as seen through the lens of Siddhartha Mukherjee's book, "The Emperor of All Maladies," sponsored by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology in San Diego.

After introductory comments from UC President Janet Napolitano, Dr. Jonathan Samet of the USC Institute for Global Health gives an eye-opening talk on how public health campaigns dramatically reduced smoking rates in the US and offers ideas on how those techniques can be used to curb non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. Samet's presentation was part of UC Global Health Day 2014, sponsored by the UC Global Health Institute. Recorded on 04/26/2014.

The legs are the wheels of the human body. They are the primary vehicles for mobility, and a driving force behind a healthy, active way of life. Functional legs are critical in maintaining a vibrant lifestyle, as well as preventing injury and disability, particularly among older individuals. Join Dr. Matthew Allison as he discusses the importance of sustaining healthy legs. Learn about various diseases that impede leg function, such as peripheral arterial disease, chronic venous disease, and neuropathy in the legs; and potential treatment options. Recorded on 07/16/2014.

Palliative care provides an extra layer of support for people facing serious illnesses, including genitourinary cancers. Unfortunately, many patients, loved ones, and even clinicians do not accurately understand what palliative care is and when it should be offered. Dr. Michael W. Rabow, Director of Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, explains what palliative care is, describes the symptoms commonly caused by genitourinary cancers (as well as by their treatments), and reviews the evidence demonstrating the benefits of palliative care for genitourinary cancers. Finally, he describes the current availability of palliative care specialists in California and the US. Recorded on 07/08/2014.

In the United States, there are over 60,000 new diagnoses and nearly 14,000 deaths from kidney cancer each year. Dr. Won Kim reviews the epidemiology of kidney cancer (including established risk factors), the biology and pathophysiology of kidney cancer, treatment options for localized disease, and the role of systemic therapy in the treatment of advanced, metastatic disease. He also discusses the current and future role of immunotherapy in kidney cancer. Recorded on 07/15/2014.

Participants in the 2014 COAST/SEW Symposium discuss their findings regarding stress, obesity and pregnancy as well as techniques used in contemporary outreach. Recorded on 05/20/2014.

Susan Shurin, MD, reviews the role of research in advances for pediatric health over the past century and discusses trends in where pediatric research is heading.
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