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Professor Documents Cancer Battle in Online Videos

Thursday, 02 Feb 2012 10:42 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A Missouri professor recently diagnosed with cancer is documenting his treatment in online videos to teach others about medicine and mortality.

David Oliver, who teaches at the University of Missouri's medical school, has a form of upper throat cancer. It is considered treatable but not curable.

The 69-year-old has spent a career teaching medical students and hospital workers how to care for dying patients. Now he is using his videos to promote an unusually public conversation on medicine and mortality.

Oliver, a specialist on aging and a former health care executive, made his first video to tell colleagues about his diagnosis. When word spread on social networks, he started a video blog and made a YouTube site.

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