The no-BS podcast about how to make healthcare suck less.

Join award-winning host Matthew Zachary every Tuesday and Thursday where he and his guests put a humorous spin on breaking down the jargon, using fewer syllables, and speaking human about what’s wrong with healthcare and what we can all do to make it less horrible.

Episodes

January 31, 2023 - 31 MIN

When The Doctor Gets The Cancer: Dr. Beverly Zavaleta

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Beverly A. Zavaleta, MD, is a board-certified family physician, cancer survivor, and long-time advocate of patient education. The author of "Braving Chemo: What to Expect, How to Prepare, and How to Get Through It," Beverly talks abo.. Read More
Beverly A. Zavaleta, MD, is a board-certified family physician, cancer survivor, and long-time advocate of patient education. The author of "Braving Chemo: What to Expect, How to Prepare, and How to Get Through It," Beverly talks about the "good problem to have" of being a medical professional and a cancer patient simultaneously. An unapologetic straight-shooter, she and Matthew hit all the nerves, especially the GenX nostalgia factor. Learn more about Beverly, her book, and her work at https://www.beverlyzavaletamd.com.
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January 24, 2023 - 28 MIN

Clinical Trials By Fire with Jane Myles

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Jane Myles is the Vice President of Clinical Trial Innovation at Curebase, a platform at the forefront of "decentralized trials." What does that mean? Well, when a patient qualifies and—hopefully—enrolls in a trial, they usually .. Read More
Jane Myles is the Vice President of Clinical Trial Innovation at Curebase, a platform at the forefront of "decentralized trials." What does that mean? Well, when a patient qualifies and—hopefully—enrolls in a trial, they usually have to take up residence in a different city and uproot their lives for a few weeks or months. The idea behind decentralizing them means all the medications and protocols come to a patient's local hospital so as not to cause such unnecessary upheaval. Jane is also a musician at heart, so there's a bunch of non-science geekery afoot. Enjoy the show.
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January 17, 2023 - 41 MIN

Fight Cancer! with The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

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Today's episode is made possible in part by The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN,) the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority.  Tod.. Read More
Today's episode is made possible in part by The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN,) the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority.  Today I am joined live in-studio by Pam Traxel (ACS CAN Senior Vice President for Alliance Development and Philanthropy), Kate Weissman, a young adult cervical cancer survivor, and Ian Locke, a Ph.D. student in molecular cancer biology at Duke University. Kate is a state lead ambassador for ACS CAN in Massachusetts, and Ian is a congressional district member for ACS CAN in North Carolina. Together with Pam, we talk about channeling anger into action, what lobbying the federal government looks like, and how getting legislation passed across the aisle can help millions of Americans at a clip. What's more, we invite you — the listener — to join the thousands of cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates fighting every day on Capitol Hill to make healthcare suck less for Americans. Why complain when you can do something tangible right now? How would you like to help reduce drug costs, improve access to care, and motivate the FDA to approve new life-saving treatments? Visit https://fightcancer.org/pod and see how you can take an active role in influencing the government to do the right thing and help cancer patients around the country. That's https://www.fightcancer.org/pod Now go and be a badass cancer advocate.
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January 10, 2023 - 27 MIN

It's My 27-Year Cancerversary Episode!

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As a college senior, I was diagnosed with what doctors thought could be terminal brain cancer. That was 27 years ago TODAY: January 10th, 2023. No guests. Just me. Reflecting on what was, what is, and what may be. If life were easy, .. Read More
As a college senior, I was diagnosed with what doctors thought could be terminal brain cancer. That was 27 years ago TODAY: January 10th, 2023. No guests. Just me. Reflecting on what was, what is, and what may be. If life were easy, we'd all do it. How the hell am I still here? I have no idea. But I am still here. And I thank each and every one of you for supporting me, my work, this show, and the fundamental belief that advocacy matters. Enjoy the show. Oh, and I also relaunched my website, https://www.matthewzachary.com, to commemorate this special occasion. Happy New Year!
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December 27, 2022 - 33 MIN

AMA (Ask Matt Anything) with Carly Flumer

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Returning champion to Out of Patients, advocacy badass Carly Flumer flips the script on Matthew Zachary as she takes the reins for an AMA (Ask Matt Anything) reverse interview. Hilarity ensues as we take a trip down memory lane as to.. Read More
Returning champion to Out of Patients, advocacy badass Carly Flumer flips the script on Matthew Zachary as she takes the reins for an AMA (Ask Matt Anything) reverse interview. Hilarity ensues as we take a trip down memory lane as to how the sausage was made, the very origins of Stupid Cancer and the young adult cancer movement, and how we've arrived at today's "better problems to have." Enjoy the show.
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