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How One Doctor Is Working to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings


Dr. Andrew Albert

How One Doctor Is Working to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Dr. Andrew Albert is a Board Certified Gastroenterologist and serves patients in Chicago at his practice, Chicago Gastro.

After losing a patient to colon cancer he was at his wit’s end. “Colon Cancer is 95% preventable if people would only get screened” he said.

An avid cyclist, Dr. Albert decided to voice his frustration and let people know the importance of early screening. He hastily scribbled a note on the back of a manila folder that read:

“Lost a patient to Colon Cancer. Did not need to happen. Get your colonoscopy.”

He clipped this handmade sign to his back and rode through the streets of Chicago. Day after day he continued to travel the streets of Chicago wearing this sign, raising awareness. He shared the message on social media and soon after received photos from people across the world wearing their own signs that bared a similar message. Local news stations picked up the story as well. Here’s his story as shared by the CBS affiliate in Chicago.

 

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How to Communicate With Your Healthcare Team, With Eddie Leigh

How to Communicate With Your Healthcare Team, With Eddie Leigh

How to Communicate With Your Healthcare Team, With Eddie Leigh

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. The emotions behind hearing the words “you have cancer” can often cloud a patient’s ability to comprehend the information being shared by the medical team as well as the patient’s ability to ask important questions.

Eddie Leigh is a 20 year survivor of colorectal cancer and is the Founder and Director of The Center for Healthcare Communication. According to the website:

“The Center for Healthcare Communication’s mission is to increase patient satisfaction/safety and decrease communication-related medical errors.”

With years of experience teaching healthcare professionals how to effectively communicate, Eddie was a logical choice to bring on the show to teach patients how to communicate effectively with their healthcare team.

Tips for Communicating With Your Healthcare Team

  • Prepare a medical resume that includes your history of surgeries, allergies, current medications and family history.
  • Prepare a list of questions for your healthcare professional ahead of time. Review and rehearse them.
  • Follow the A-B-C’s: Always Be Courteous
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How to Talk to Your Children About Your Cancer


Most people do everything on their power to avoid having difficult conversations. I can’t think of a more difficult conversation then having to tell your children you have cancer. I’ve had to do this on several occasions and even though I’m the parent of adult children it is incredibly hard. I couldn’t imagine having to share this type of news with young children.

I first met Diana Sloan at the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Stage IV Symposium in Mesa, Arizona in the fall of 2016, but it was a recent Facebook post where she wrote about a recent talk she had with her eight year-old daughter that really caught my eye. In this post she talked about how she talked about life and death with her little girl. The honesty, vulnerability and tenderness that shined through these written words truly touched my heart.

When I reached out to Diana to ask if she’d be willing to share this story on the podcast she said “yes” without any hesitation. I hope you will be as moved as I was and take away some advice on how to talk with your children about sensitive topics like this one.

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