September 2017 Newsletter

‘Top Docs’ shows on cancer care & ‘Stop the Bleed’ now online

Recordings of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ shows that aired in August are now available online.

The August 8 program – which has been viewed on Facebook more than 6,600 times – featured J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D., the deputy chief medical officer in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer with the American Cancer Society.

He says that, “We have made considerable progress over the past 25 years in the treatment of cancer. Unfortunately, we still are not able to help enough people survive.”

Dr. Lichtenfeld also explains that, “There are many elements that have made this success possible, including research, education, access and advocacy. However, we still have a long way to go. Prevention, screening, access to high quality care, appropriate support through palliative care programs, and investing in research are all important parts of the cancer continuum.”

He adds that, “We have seen exciting advances in cancer treatment in the recent past, with a better understanding of the genomics of cancer leading to targeted therapies, the introduction of new immunotherapies which have offered hope where little existed previously, and even newer treatments which have been effective in treating patients who have failed all other available therapies – such as CAR T, which was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of a specific form of leukemia.”

Finally, Dr. Lichtenfeld stresses that there is a real need to continue to support the research that’s needed to continue to make progress, stating that, “We need to find ways to get more drugs more quickly from the laboratory to the bedside, we have to wrestle with the cost of new drugs, which can sometimes be so prohibitive that patients and families can’t afford them, and we have to recognize that not everyone has access to the best and most appropriate care resulting in disparities throughout our state nation that must be addressed.”

Two weeks later, the ‘Top Docs’ show featured John S. Harvey, M.D., the medical director of the MAG Medical Reserve Corps, Kathy Browning, the executive director of the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and Shoheb Ali, M.D., a member of the MAG MRC and a resident at Gwinnett Medical Center, discussing the ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign in Georgia.

“This effort is designed to train and equip people to help during a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives,” says Dr. Harvey. “And keep in mind that a person can die from blood loss within five minutes.”

Browning explains that the ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign was developed by ACS in 2013 – just a few months after the active shooter disaster that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

She notes that, “ACS convened a multi-stakeholder committee to create a protocol for national policy to enhance the survivability of a shooter or intentional mass casualty event. That effort served as the genesis for Stop the Bleed, which was officially launched by the White House in 2015.”

With the support of the MAG MRC and other stakeholder groups, the Georgia Society of ACS secured a grant from ACS to promote the campaign in Georgia in 2016. The Georgia Trauma Commission then budgeted $1 million to make trauma kits available for public schools and other public places in the state. Each ‘Stop the Bleed’ kit contains a CAT tourniquet, an emergency trauma dressing, compressed gauze, two pairs of gloves, trauma shears, a marker, and instructions.

According to Dr. Ali, “The campaign is also designed to train school nurses and administrators in proper hemorrhage control techniques.”

MAG sponsors the ‘Top Docs’ program at 12 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. The show has now reached more than 22,000 listeners or viewers (live listeners, downloads, and Facebook Live), which includes people in all 50 states and 84 countries.

MAG’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is supported with a grant from Health Care Research, a subsidiary of Alliant Health Solutions.

Click to listen to ‘Top Docs’ show on cancer care

Click to listen to ‘Top Docs’ show on ‘Stop the Bleed’

Click for American Cancer Society website

Click for Georgia Trauma Foundation ‘Stop the Bleed’ web page

Click for DHS ‘Stop the Bleed’ web page

Click for Georgia Trauma Commission ‘Stop the Bleed’ web page

Click for ACS website

Dr. J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, on the left, with ‘Top Docs’ host C.W. Hall

From the left are C.W. Hall, Kathy Browning, Dr. Shoheb Ali, and Dr. John Harvey