1:2:1 Podcast : Cancer

  • Lochlann Jain on the confusion surrounding cancer

    Stanford anthropologist Lochlann Jain studies how stories about injuries and illness get told. After being diagnosed with cancer at age 36, she decided to write the book "Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us" to change the conversations about the disease.


  • Kimberly Allison on seeing cancer from both sides

    In 2008, breast-cancer pathologist Kimberly Allison, MD, received the shocking news that she had stage-3 breast cancer. She chronicles her personal experience in the book Red Sunshine. In this podcast, she talks about what it's like to experience cancer as a patient and as a doctor.


  • Beverly Mitchell on advances in cancer care and research

    Since a 2010 podcast with Beverly Mitchell, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Stanford Cancer Institute, there have been dramatic advances in the use of genomic analysis, molecular biology, imaging technologies and data management to make cancer treatment less toxic and more individualized.


  • Aspirin reduces risk of melanoma in women

    Aspirin can check off one more box when it comes to prevention – a new study has found that women who took aspirin on a regular basis reduced their risk of developing melanoma by an average of 21 percent. The drug has already been shown to have protective effects on cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer in women, so these findings may play a more important role in strategies for preventing other kinds of cancer. In this podcast, Stanford dermatologist Jean Tang, MD, PhD, discusses the study and why, despite the promising results, she’s not ready to say that an aspirin a day will keep melanomas away.


  • Beverly Mitchell on cancer research and treatment

    Cancer, experienced at the individual level, can be unbearable, so its global toll is almost impossible to fathom.


  • Rebecca Skloot on "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

    She was a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951, but Henrietta Lacks has lived on through her endlessly dividing cancer cells, which may be the most studied human cells ever cultured.


  • Susan Swetter on skin cancer

    Melanoma is the rarest and deadliest form of skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 62,000 new melanomas were diagnosed in the United States during 2008.


  • Kim Rhoads on racial disparities in cancer outcomes

    According to a recent American Cancer Society report, black patients are more likely to develop and die from cancer than white patients.