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Jul 22, 2019
It was challenging to counsel a patient who responded to his cancer diagnosis by having affairs.
Jul 19, 2019
Dr. Zuhir Bodalal wanted to be able to offer chances to patients who would otherwise be out of options, so he needed to find a way to bridge different worlds.
Jul 11, 2019
Consensus among a multidisciplinary team may not be easy, but it is, ultimately, the goal. That, in and of itself, is the definition of quality care.
Jul 08, 2019
How does a group of talented, busy surgeons find the time to change their surgical paradigm? Dr. Nabil P. Rizk and I had an enlightening conversation about cost, value, quality of care, and process improvement.
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Matthew S. Katz, MD

Matthew S. Katz, MD, is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Lowell General Hospital and a partner in Radiation Oncology Associates, PA. He is former Chair of the Communications Committee for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and External Advisory Board member for Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. He serves on ASCO's Social Media Working Group, ASTRO's Education Committee, and Massachusetts Medical Society's Communications Committee. His areas of prime interest are patient education and health empowerment. Follow Dr. Katz on Twitter @subatomicdoc.

Mar 13, 2014
People with a rare cancer can find it frustrating that their disease is unknown, but it’s even harder when it is associated with stigma or embarrassment. Anal cancer can be stressful and isolating. Now, anal and colon cancer advocates are joining forces online to dedicate March 21st to anal cancer...
Mar 03, 2014
From a philosophical standpoint, one of the things I hate most about cancer is the use of “war” analogies. The “battle” may mobilize patients and families, but it may also interfere with education and informed decision making. And both patients and clinicians often take recurrence or disease...
Jan 21, 2014
At my hospital, we are committed to offering a lot of clinical trials in the community. But it’s hard—nationally, only about 3% of patients with cancer participate in clinical trials. Even at some academic centers, it may be...
Nov 25, 2013
It’s always busy when you attend a professional society annual meeting—attending academic sessions on new research, health policy, educational sessions, networking, catching up with friends, recruiting or job searches, and more. Increasingly, these interactions are being captured online. Twitter is...
Oct 29, 2013
When I originally posted the idea of hashtags used to organize cancer information and communities online, it was more theoretical. Over the past three months...
Aug 15, 2013
Each time I reach the point of recommending radiation treatment for someone with a brain tumor or head and neck cancer, I ask for a higher level of trust from each patient than usual: let us make a mask to keep you safe.

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