Advances In Breast Cancer Therapies

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A new breast cancer study led by a University of Vermont researcher confirms a hopeful treatment path for patients: an effective and far less invasive procedure for detecting and removing cancerous lymph nodes. We talk with Dr. David Krag, a physician-researcher at the Vermont Cancer Center, about the international study that included thousands of surgical breast cancer patients, including several hundred Vermonters. The study shows that a technique called ‘sentinel node biopsy’ is just as effective as other surgical treatments but with far fewer side effects for patients. We also talk with Dr. Marie Wood, director of the Vermont Cancer Center’s Familial Cancer Program, about other advances in diagnosis and screening of breast cancer. Listen

Also in the program, the fascinating history of Dartmouth College as a school to educate Native Americans. We talk with Dartmouth professor Colin Calloway about Eleazar Wheelock, the Puritan minister who founded Dartmouth in 1769, and his mission of converting Indians to Christianity and educating them as ministers. In the 230 years since, Dartmouth has continued to grapple with its mission and relationship to the native community. Listen

And we hear more in our Report From Afghanistan. Vermont Army Guard Sergeant Anita Austin of St. Albans is among those spending her deployment at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. She’s in charge of the ammunition for the 11 military bases located around the Afghan capital, and VPR’s Steve Zind is in Afghanistan and got a glimpse of Sergeant Austin’s world. Listen

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