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Cancer Answers is hosted by Dr. Anees Chagpar, Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology and Director of The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Dr. Francine Foss, Professor of Medical Oncology. The show features a guest cancer specialist who will share the most recent advances in cancer therapy and respond to listeners questions. Myths, facts and advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment are discussed, with a different focus eachweek. Nationally acclaimed specialists in various types of cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment discuss common misconceptions about the disease and respond to questions from the community.Listeners can submit questions to be answered on the program at canceranswers@yale.edu or by leaving a message at (888) 234-4YCC. As a resource, archived programs from 2006 through the present are available in both audio and written versions on the Yale Cancer Center website.

Scrambling Toward Christmas With Sad Songs, Oscar Isaac, and Tight Flights

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A couple of weeks ago, we did a whole show about blood pressure only to have an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association blow a lot of the current thinking about blood pressure right out of the water. We talk to UConn's hypertension expert, Dr. Billy White, about new guidelines saying people over 60 may not need to keep their blood pressure as low as previously thought. 

We're also scrambling toward Christmas with critic and culture writer Roger Catlin, who writes about the sad music that often permeates this holiday which is usually considered a time of peace and joy, yet historically a time that inspires music reflecting times of loneliness, separation, war, and economic insecurity. He also just published a profile of Oscar Isaac, star of the new Coen Brother's movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Are you dreading the airplane squeeze on your flight to visit the relatives this holiday? We want to react to a page one story in today's New York Times about the battle for leg room and seat room as airlines jam jets with more seats on the plane. The Cranky Flier helps us sort it out.

Leave your comments below, email us at colin@wnpr.org, or tweet us @wnprcolin. 

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