Breaking down the wall of silence around “below the belt” cancers. A wonderful informative interview with No Evidence of Disease movie producer, Karen Simon and band member Nimesh P. Nagarsheth. Unfortunately, Andrea Kalin, the movie’s executive producer was not able to join us. But we filled the hour with not only the medical aspects of gyn cancers – but also the personal and social ramifications for not following up with a trusted gyn doc if you are “feeling” that something is not right.
Karen Simon developed a short video entitled: “What Every Woman Should Know” Important information for every woman who should be concerned about the rise in gyn cancers. Please share your women friends. Help us educate them.
The show is archived here as well as on The Liberty Beacon Media Network site.
“No Evidence of Disease”
6 Gyn Docs on Rockin’ Mission to Save Women’s Lives
Holy Hormones Honey!
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“Breast cancer has a ribbon, but GYN Cancer has a rock band!”
~ Dr. Joanie Hope, No Evidence of Disease
Cancer Surgeons Become a Rock Band. Patients Become Fans. Music Can Change the Journey. Introducing the new documentary by Spark Media and award-winning director Andrea Kalin. No Evidence of Disease – is now being shown on your local Public Broadcast Station.
Did you know that tens of thousands of women are diagnosed every year with a GYN cancer. Nearly one in three will die. Every hour, approximately ten women are diagnosed with one of the five major below the belt cancers: cervical, ovarian, uterine (endometrial), vulvar and vaginal.
Survivors often say, ‘I didn’t know.’ What they didn’t know are the signs and symptoms of GYN cancers. That’s why Spark Media produced No Evidence of Disease and its companion piece, What Every Woman Should Know, a 16-minute multimedia guide to the signs and symptoms of all major GYN cancers. It features the N.E.D. doctors, survivors, N.E.D. music, graphics, and – most importantly – information you need to know.
NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE, the words every patient dreams to hear, interweaves the harrowing experiences and remarkable courage of women, devoted families, and dedicated doctors. As music and medicine join forces in the fight for life, the surgeons are transformed into rising rock stars, and their patients and loved ones jump on the bandwagon, infusing the struggle for survival with heart, hope and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
OB-GYN doctors epitomize the most intense experience in women’s lives – the birth of a child and death from cancer. These rockin’ doctors are on a mission to inform, educate, and prevent the cancers that scare women the most. Because no one’s life is left untouched by a woman’s cancer.
Andrea Kalin is an Emmy Award Winning filmmaker and founder of Spark Media, a production company dedicated to producing films with a social conscience. She has worked in over 25 countries, from disaster zones to remote tropical rain forests, bringing gripping human stories to the screen. Kalin’s storytelling gifts have earned her more than 70 industry awards and accolades; including: a Prime Time Emmy, and Golden Globe and WGA nominations. Kalin specializes in telling emotional stories that depict lives of courage, perseverance and dignity set against brutal injustices and seemingly insurmountable hardships. Some of her films dramatize lives that until now have been lost to history, while others address contemporary social issues. Launched in 1989, her production company Spark Media truly is a “spark,” as it utilizes visual narratives to increase awareness, create connections and empower audiences to become more engaged and committed to make a difference in the world in which we live.
Karen Simon, Producer
Producer Karen Simon has worked on several Spark Media documentaries, including Prince Among Slaves, Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story, and Partners of the Heart. She also led the innovative national educational outreach effort for Partners of the Heart. Karen was a producer and on-air host for Voice of America for eight years, after which she went on to direct a non-profit theater group for homeless and at risk children, and is still active in community theater. Simon is the lead producer of No Evidence of Disease and outreach director for the GYN awareness campaign “What Every Woman Should Know.”
Nimesh Nagarsheth, M.D.
— drums, percussion
“You can learn a lot from patients with cancer. And they see the world in a way that’s much different from the way that someone else sees the world.”
Dr. Nimesh P. Nagarsheth is an internationally-recognized Gynecologic Oncologist with practices at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey. In addition to serving on faculty as an Associate Professor at Mount Sinai, he also serves as Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Associate Director of Robotic Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Nagarsheth provides the full range of surgical and medical gynecologic oncology care, and is recognized as the world’s expert in performing Bloodless Surgery (transfusion-free surgery) in Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. In addition, his work and publications on humanistic care and the intersection of music and medicine have also gained him international recognition.
Dr. Nagarsheth has performed extensive research on the mechanisms of cancer prevention, including the hormonal manipulation of apoptosis. He is a lead author on a landmark study that provides the most convincing evidence yet for a novel theory of how birth control pills help prevent ovarian cancer. He has continued his research at Mount Sinai evaluating the role of hormonal effects on gynecologic organs, and has developed an extensive research background in blood management in the field of Gynecologic Oncology.
In 2013 to 2015, Dr. Nagarsheth was named in several Top Doctors lists including Top Doctors by U.S. News and World Report, Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine.