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“I thought I was not old enough to have cancer!” So said this 40-year-old mother of four who had presented with a three-year history of a self-discovered lump in her breast as I disclosed the diagnosis of breast cancer to her.
I have been threatening myself with the task of sitting down and doing a more thorough review of the literature and then writing something like this for some time. Now that the blogosphere at ASCO Connection gives me a less painful alternative, (yes, all you editors, you can comment as you wish but...
Yesterday I had the opportunity to testify on ASCO's behalf at the President's Cancer Panel. The panel reports to the President on the National Cancer Program and holds public meetings on a quarterly basis to gather testimony.
As I’ve said in a previous blog, one of the pleasures I’ve had this year is to serve as a sort of “accidental tourist” for our members, viewing and reporting on our very large and complex society from the inside. Last week we held our Board of Directors meeting in Alexandria. I’ve found, in...
Mike Glode just wrote a blog post about social media and Facebook elsewhere on ASCO Connection, and I wanted share a few quick thoughts about Twitter here. I agree with the...
Modern business principles have convinced jillions of us that the road to quality improvement lies in managing processes within our practice/business. Certainly medicine and policy makers have taken this to heart, developing multiple ‘measures’ that focus on the processes of care. CMS’s PQRI...
I’m really not the astrological type, but I found my horoscope today interesting . . . “You are in a position right now that is making you nervous. You are like a diver on a high platform looking over the edge. Jumping off is certainly going to be scary, but deep down, you know that after you take...
The Annals of Internal Medicine recently described a novel demonstration project called OpenNotes taking place at Beth Israel-Deaconess in Boston, Geisinger in Pennsylvania, and Harborview in Seattle, in which patients are...
I type this blog as I am flying home from ASCO headquarters, having just returned from the meeting of the International Affairs Committee. This committee may have my...
Physician blogger Wes Fisher aka Dr. Wes, a cardiac electrophysiologist from North Shore in Evanston, IL, laments the “devaluation” of physician time in a recent blog post When the Doctor’s Always In:
I have no intention of devoting this blog to nothing but palliative care, but since one of my patients brought it to my attention, I can't help making sure anyone who reads here has seen a few of the articles that relate to end of life discussions.
For an interesting take on what it is like to be a newly diagnosed cancer patient, I would recommend looking at Christopher Hitchens' "Topic of Cancer" in the September 2010 issue of Vanity Fair. ...
I just got back from ASCO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, my second home for the year. The occasion was the meeting of the Cancer Education Committee.
It’s said that a camel was the result when a committee got together to design a horse.
One of the pleasures of serving as your president is the opportunity to observe the wide array of activities our Society supports. Our Society is so broad in its interests that I frequently feel like a tourist who, coming around the corner, runs into something delightful and unexpected. Many of...
It is no secret that one of the “secrets of success” is having a good mentor, or more often, a team of mentors who help shepherd you into being better than you are. These are the people who give you advice, who open doors and provide opportunities, who caution against pitfalls, and who ultimately...
As oncologists we are justly proud of the real advances we have made towards a cure of the many cancers that afflict our patients. But we also know that caring for those afflicted too often involves life’s endings. Health professionals caring for dying cancer patients bear special responsibilities...

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