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

May 26, 2022 - 31 MIN

Vax On: To Test or Not to Test

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Bar Mitzvahs, Death penalties, and monkeypox.
May 24, 2022 - 39 MIN

The Exact Science Behind Trying Not to Get Cancer

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Today's ad-free episode of Out Of Patients is made possible by our friends at Exact Sciences, changing lives together through earlier detection and smarter answers. You know, I always love being the dumbest guy in the room because it.. Read More
Today's ad-free episode of Out Of Patients is made possible by our friends at Exact Sciences, changing lives together through earlier detection and smarter answers. You know, I always love being the dumbest guy in the room because it bodes well that our discussions will be of the highest caliber of authenticity, trust, and the occasional 80s reference. I am grateful to welcome two genius humans who have uniquely accomplished insanely great things that have changed the world for the better. Dr. Paul Limburg is the Chief Medical Officer at Exact Sciences, and Dr. Nickolas Papadopoulos is a Professor of Oncology and Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Our conversation ranges from "meditainment" and a poor Sean Connery impression to a future where it may be possible for there to be something called MCED, or "Multi-Cancer Early Detection." We've been talking about cancer prevention for decades, but soon it may be possible to nip it in the bud before it gets awful—a future where one test can detect more than one type of cancer. That's progress. And, of course, it wouldn't be an episode with Exact Sciences without mentioning their groundbreaking diagnostic too, Cologuard. Strap in for a lesson on how the sausage is made (pun intended), along with a trip to the past, an examination of the present, and a look into the future. Enjoy the show. To learn how to use Cologuard and for additional Important Risk information, visit www.cologuard.com. Samples for use with Cologuard must be collected with the Cologuard collection kit, including a stool sample for DNA testing and a stool sample for Hemoglobin testing, before returning the sample to EXAS laboratory for testing. MCED technology is under development and is not available commercially. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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May 19, 2022 - 32 MIN

Vax On: A Formula for Disaster

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Shortages of everything everywhere all at once!
May 17, 2022 - 26 MIN

The Syllables Show with Vanessa Steil

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Today, I speak with board-certified patient advocate and thyroid cancer survivor Vanessa Steil. In 2014, Vanessa founded her company Living in Steil to help coach people through health crises and share what she learned during her exp.. Read More
Today, I speak with board-certified patient advocate and thyroid cancer survivor Vanessa Steil. In 2014, Vanessa founded her company Living in Steil to help coach people through health crises and share what she learned during her experience with thyroid cancer at age 26. She also shares her perspective as a caregiver to someone living with cancer. Vanessa talks about the need to change how we talk about cancer, scan-xiety, antithyroglobulin levels, and other syllables. For more information, visit https://OffScrip.com and follow @MatthewZachary and @OffScripHealth on Twitter. 
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May 12, 2022 - 44 MIN

[ICYMI] The Cancer Mavericks: A History of Survivorship

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Pardon me for interrupting today's regularly scheduled episode of VAX ON here on the Out of Patients podcast feed. I promise it's for a good reason, namely, a rebroadcast — for those who may have missed it — of Episode One of The.. Read More
Pardon me for interrupting today's regularly scheduled episode of VAX ON here on the Out of Patients podcast feed. I promise it's for a good reason, namely, a rebroadcast — for those who may have missed it — of Episode One of The Cancer Mavericks: A History of Survivorship, our acclaimed 8-part narrative history series from 2021. Over 300,000 listeners can't be wrong, and it'd be a disservice not to ensure all of my incredible listeners were made aware of this highly ambitious passion project. 2021 was the 50th Anniversary of The National Cancer Act of 1971, passed by President Richard Nixon, that kicked off "The War on Cancer." What you're going to hear in this inaugural episode lays the fundamental groundwork for what has become the very idea of cancer advocacy in the modern era. This series has made a huge dent in society and culture, further demonstrating a most important key takeaway: Advocacy matters. Your voice matters, for it is the only thing that's ever changed anything. Enjoy Episode One of The Cancer Mavericks: A History of Survivorship. To experience the entire series, search for The Cancer Mavericks wherever you listen to your podcasts, and for more information, visit https://cancermavericks.com
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