Second Opinion: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Thu, 12/18/2008 - 9:00pm

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman

Less than 16 months after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman is in complete remission, and shares his story on WXXI’s national health series, Second Opinion onThursday, December 18 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1). President Seligman appears as the “patient” guest on the Second Opinion panel, and is joined by Richard Fisher, M.D., Director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center.

In August 2007, Seligman was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation for several months, and is today – in complete remission with no evidence of cancer. President Seligman appeared on the episode in an effort to raise awareness about Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and the importance of early detection. He also talks about his treatment experiences.

A host of accomplished medical professionals also join the panel, including Louis Papa, M.D., a primary care physician and partner at Olsan Medical Group at Strong Health; Dianne Savastano, president and founder of Healthassist; Elizabeth A. Holly, PhD, the principal investigator of molecular epidemiology of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, and Karen Syrjala, PhD, director of the Survivorship Program and Biobehavioral Sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Emmy Award-winning veteran host Dr. Peter Salgo, who incites some of the most open and honest medical conversations found on television today hosts this national health series, Second Opinion. In each episode, Dr. Salgo presents an actual medical case to a panel of experts that includes three specialists, a primary care physician, a patient diagnosed with the condition, and an expert in doctor-patient communication. The panelists are not allowed to review the case file before the cameras roll. This keeps the conversation authentic — and analogous to the countless doctor-patient exchanges occurring across America every day. Second Opinion, produced by WXXI, the University of Rochester Medical Center, and West 175 Productions, and funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), airs on more than 230 PBS stations across the country.

Second Opinion: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
repeats Saturday, December 20 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, December 21 at 1:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-DT 21.1 (cable 1011).