This week: CNY authors share their experiences with cancer

Jan 15, 2015

Syracuse University professor R. David Lankes joins us to speak about his treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma; more specifically, the type of patient he was striving to be.

His novel, "The Boring Patient," chronicles his time in the hospital.

"In the hospital, or during chemotherapy, I want to be the charming man who only requires a vitals check or a scheduled chemo dose," Lankes writes. "You don't wan to be interesting in most medical settings. Interesting means complications, and that is bad."

Then breast cancer survivor Shelly Straub, author of "A Tale of Two Boobies: One Year With Cancer," joins us to discuss her October 2013 diagnosis and how she made it through treatment.