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At age 24, Will Reiser started to have some back pain and lose weight. After what I am sure most of us would consider way too long a time, he was evaluated and diagnosed with a neurofibrosarcoma. After some upfront treatment, his disease was resected and he is, by all reports, doing well. Sounds...
Around this time each year I find myself thinking about patients usually—and especially those that have passed away. I wonder how their families are coping, how their children are, and whether each day has gotten easier. I think about how my patients died—and whether or not I did enough to ensure...
I had a phone call last week that I was expecting but dreading. Like many oncologists, I travel to smaller area hospitals for outreach clinics. This was a call from one of those hospitals telling me that they could not get one of the chemotherapy drugs for a patient there. This is a patient being...
A recent article in the ASCO Post has me thinking quite a bit about information and communication and the application of these concepts to...
In my first blog post on this topic, I discussed the challenges of creating a culture of cure. It seems that the first hurdle we have to overcome before we talk further about...
This week the FDA decided to withdraw bevacizumab's indication for treatment of metastatic breast cancer. The earlier indication had been approved under FDA's accelerated approval process wherein final approval was conditional on the generation of confirmatory evidence based on clinical trials.
The November 3rd edition of the NEJM features a Perspective article on drug shortages by Mandy Gatesman and Thomas J Smith (NEJM 365:18 page 163) that address many of the causative issues that underlie this growing national problem.  
From age six through high school, I played baseball. Playing baseball ended, rather abruptly it seemed, when I went to college, but the lure of the game has always remained. To my colleagues, it must seem that I can hardly understand the world without the comfort of baseball analogies. I was...
What does a healthy medicine and oncology “ecosystem” look like?
I am writing this blog while sitting in my favorite chair at Gate 44 in Reagan National Airport. Why, you might ask, would I have a favorite chair at an airport? Because after four years of service on various ASCO committees, I ride an intellectual and professional high after each meeting. I sit in...
I had written about abandonment of care among children in the developing world as a grave concern for oncologists everywhere because of its implications for our failure to deliver the...
It is with great anticipation that the Results of the ASCO Study of Collaborative Practice Arrangements has now been published in the JOP. Key findings in this important study include: Physician and nonphysician practitioner (NPP...
During the past year, I became an avid reader of the Journal of Oncology Practice. This was not to the detriment of either the JCO or any of the other scientific browsing I perform. It was, instead, recognition that being a good clinician now...
This past weekend, along with over 400 other health care providers, social scientists, technology entrepreneurs, and “e-patients,” I attended the fascinating and provocative Medicine 2.0...
I was taking off from the airport in Indianapolis the other day, headed for Cleveland, and on the way I passed over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500 race. It has a characteristic look from the air, familiar to all who fly in and out of the city regularly, with...
I was really, really ready for my summer vacation this year. As I’m sure you agree, taking care of patients with cancer can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Limping through the last weeks of August, I couldn’t wait to sit on the beach with my husband and two sons without my cell phone or...
A while back I wrote about Watson, IBM’s computer that trounced the competition on the Jeopardy! game show. I mentioned then that IBM was thinking of applying the technology to medical purposes...
One of the interests I have developed over time is in the arena of cancer survivorship, specifically female sexual heath after cancer and its treatment. Having worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering both as a fellow and as a junior faculty member, I worked closely with colleagues in Gynecology,...

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