Dr. Amy Sanford, an oncologist with Sanford discusses the findings of a new study that shows greater survival for newly diagnosed advanced lung cancer patients who receive an immunotherapy drug plus standard chemotherapy. These results are expected to change the way patients are treated.

Avera Leads International Lung Cancer Treatment Trial

Jan 19, 2018
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The Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls is partnering with an international research organization for a ground-breaking study of lung cancer treatment. Members of the team believe this study could help eradicate metastatic cancer by 2025.

Dr. Vladimir Lazar is the founder of the World Innovative Networking Consortium (WIN). According to Dr. Lazar, 60% of lung cancer patients are first diagnosed after the cancer has metastasized. Less than 3% of those patients survive longer than five years after their diagnosis. 

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A treatment developed at Sanford Research is in clinical trial to help kids with a debilitating genetic condition. The FDA fast-tracked the study in part because the condition progresses quickly and children die.

Six patients are part of the Batten Disease trial. One family from the Midwest has a child treated.

Beth and Bryan live in Minnesota. At four years old, their son Blake struggled with fine motor skills. They incorporated occupational therapy. Then Blake needed speech therapy. Then his gross motor skills deteriorated, and he needed physical therapy.

In The Moment ... March 1, 2017 Show 040 Hour 1

We begin our program with SDPB’s political reporter Lee Strubinger. Today he explains Senate Bill 54 as it makes its way through the state legislature. It’s a measure intended to rework the state’s campaign finance requirements.

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A new form of radiation therapy allows breast cancer patients to avoid weeks of trips back-and-forth to the hospital. That means some women who live far away from treatment centers don’t have to jeopardize their health if they can’t make it to radiation. A Sioux Falls hospital is one of eight in the country using what's called IORT. 

Eighteen months ago, Lu Rice was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Madison woman knew she needed surgery and radiation. She’s seen people go through treatment for five days a week.

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October brings a sea of pink to billboards, t-shirts, stores and even the NFL. Talking about every aspect of breast cancer during a designated awareness month is impossible. Patients and health providers say each person's journey is unique. A common thread does exist among these individual stories: a tenacious fight against allowing cancer any control.

The women featured here refuse to relinquish their dignity, their decisions, and their lives to a devastating disease - and each manifests this perseverance in a different way.

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Cancer researchers in Sioux Falls are now part of an international group collaborating on personalized treatment. Avera Cancer Institute is one of five American institutions partnering in a consortium referred to as WIN. Doctors say the revelations can help people with cancer at all stages.

Standard cancer treatments are often based on therapies that work for most people. Doctor Brian Leyland-Jones says everyone is different – and so are their cancers. He says tumors have different genes, compositions and signaling pathways.

The Indian Health Service is giving nearly $1 million to prevent methamphetamine use and suicide in South Dakota. The funds are part of more than $13 million awarded nationwide.


"TB Silent Killer"

Mar 24, 2014

Frontline's "TB Silent Killer" airs on SDPB-TV Tuesday, March 25th at 9:00 pm, Central; 8 pm, Mountain. Tuberculosis was once thought to be a disease of the past. But with more than 8 million new infections every year, virulent new drug-resistant strains emerging faster than ever, and outbreaks occurring across the world (including in Europe and the United States), TB - passed simply by a cough or a sneeze - has become the second leading cause of death from an infectious disease on the planet.

New Treatment And Diagnosis For Cervical Cancer

Jan 17, 2014

Dr. Luis Rojas and Dr. David Starks, both with Avera Medical Group Gynecolocic Oncology, discussed new treatment and diagnosis of cervical cancer. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

Sustainability And Integrative Medicine

Sep 13, 2013

Julie Urlaub is with Taiga Company and discussed how businesses need to embrace sustainability to reduce costs and increase sales. Dr. Dawn Flickema is with Avera and discussed integrative medicine. Integrative medicine complements traditional medical treatment and focuses on healing body, mind and spirit. Both guests joined Cara Hetland at the Plain Green Conference in Sioux Falls.

Treating Your Ankle From Further Injury

Jul 24, 2013

Dr. Greg Alvine of CORE Orthopedics Avera Medical Group talks about new ankle treatments. Dr. Alvine is a native of Sioux Falls. His father, Dr. Frank Alvine, developed the first artificial ankle in the U.S.

Varicose Vein Treatment

Jun 21, 2013

Dr. Joshua Plorde with Avera Medical Group works with the Veradia Vein Center and discusses the latest treatment of varicose veins. It's short season and new treatment of the often painful and unsightly veins is the most sought after.

Mental Health Month

May 20, 2013

May is Mental Health Month, and more people are finding effective treatment for cognitive challenges.  Dr. Matt Stanley and Avera Behavioral Health Assistant Vice President Steve Lindquist discussed why more people are seeking treatment for conditions typically seen in clinical practice.

A Journey Of Healing

Apr 5, 2013

Matt Ellefson, a mechanical engineer, joins Innovation to discuss his journey with cancer. Ellefson, husband and father of five, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. Ellefson discusses his journey and how molecular testing of his tumor was part of his treatment.