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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...
A couple of events this week reminded me of what I can best describe as "our calling." The first was the good-bye party for an administrative staff member in an outreach clinic I attend. She had spent most of her career working in a busy orthopedic practice and the last 6 months working with our...
Both ASCO and its global membership strive to advance cancer care for patients throughout the developing world. According to the World Cancer Report, published by the International Agency for Research on...
How sweet is this? See John Halamka's blog for bookmarked versions of the 864 page ...
My thanks to Tony Tolcher of San Antonio for pointing me in the direction of a wonderful new book, The Invisible Gorilla, by Christopher Chabris and Dan Simons. The “Invisible Gorilla...
In the last 48 hours, CMS released the final rules governing the first stage of MU and CCHIT launched its oncology workgroup. Things are heating up this July. The ARRA regulations for the incentive program for implementation of meaningful use of HIT were released as 3 documents. The one of greatest...
Big day in the health IT world today – CMS announced the final regulations for “meaningful use” of EHR’s, to allow providers and hospitals to receive Federal incentive dollars for adopting technology under the HITECH Act. ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT) also released the “...
This is a topic that has increasingly challenged me in the last decade with so many "promising new agents" that cost a fortune but fall short of delivering the home runs we all hoped for when imatinib seemed to lead the way. In my practice, which is ~90% prostate cancer care, the latest example is...

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