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Seg. 1: Changing Cancer Research | Seg. 2: Mental Health Caretakers

Segment 1: One oncologist says cancer research is not progressing, and she offers new ideas.

Dr. Azra Raza says the public believes cancer research and treatments are advancing, but that's not the case. The death rate from the most common cancers is no lower now than it was 5o years ago. She suggests an alternative to radition and chemotherapy and says more interdisciplinary collaboration could advance the cause.

Segment 2, starting at 26:23: In providing care for loved ones with a mental illness, people can sometimes neglect their own well-being.

A mental health diagnosis for one person can inadvertantly affect their family members and caretakers, and lead to confusion, concern and guilt. One mother shares her experience in caring for her adult daughter, whose bipolar disorder and schizophrenia often manifested itself as violence and tension. Her suggestion to other caretakers is to seek support. "I can't help her before I can help myself," she says.

  • Lori Mitchell, mother and caretaker of someone diagnosed as bipolar-schizophrenic
  • Carolyn Pepper, psychologist, UMKC Counseling Services
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.