Jennifer Lycette

Profession: Physician

My articles:

The Basics Of Adjuvant Chemotherapy

One of the most common questions I hear at an initial visit, as a medical oncologist, is: "My surgeon told me she got all the cancer. So why am I here?" One of the jobs of the medical oncologist is to teach our patients that cancer is a systemic disease. That means more...


My Mom Is A Doctor, My Dad Is A Dad

I have been thinking a lot lately about the parenting role-reversal that exists when the woman is the full-time bread-winner and the man is the stay-at-home-parent. The following are a few examples from our lives. more...


The Invisible Burden Of The Oncologist

The return from a vacation weighed on me physically. This had been a true vacation – an entire week away from clinic and spent with my family. I even managed to unplug to the point of only checking email on my phone twice per day – really! more...


Finding grace: an oncology patient’s impact on her doctor

The day after I told Nell she had seven metastases to her brain, she sent me flowers. She was my patient; I was her oncologist. I had met her 1 year prior, when she was well into her cancer journey, stage IV breast cancer at diagnosis. I took over from her current more...


On Bearing Witness: An Oncologist’s Role At End Of Life

My patient was sitting in a wheelchair. He was in his mid-forties, and before the cancer, had held a physically demanding job that he loved. Now, the cancer in his spine had ended not only his ability to work, but any ability to use his legs. more...


The Prior Authorization Games: Where The Odds Are Never In Your Favor

I am not the first physician blogger to write about the difficulties of prior authorizations, denials, and appeals, but recent occurrences in my own practice have been so convoluted that I feel they must be shared. more...


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