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HR alerts and reminders, when used properly, offer clinicians a “safety net” whose function serves to mitigate patient risk and optimize the quality of care.  more...

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originally published August 2018 on Doximity's Op-(m)ed blog. An oncologist colleague once said to me at a funeral, “People assume that as oncologists, we understand more about death than other people.  But we really don’t.”   He then faced a church filled  more...

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Physicians usually diagnose like this nowadays: They examine the patient and talk to him about his problems, they compare his symptoms to disease pictures they know, and, in complex cases, they research the literature or bring in colleagues. But could it happen in  more...

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People who are not ill and do not show any symptoms typically do not visit the doctor. And while most people know that preventive medical checkups for cancer, for example, are important, they still avoid them. They tend to be very hesitant because the doctor might  more...

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The importance of never giving up if there are medical problems and an answer is not easily found. Examples are given. more...

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In this episode, I chronicle some of my latest and most flabbergasting interactions with the insurance companies when requesting “prior authorization” for necessary medical care for my patients.   First, a quick explanation of the title of this post series  more...

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All doctors need to be sure of the words they use when speaking with patients and their families. When a doctor thinks he or she is infallible trouble looms. Doctors need to have compassion and listen to the words they use with patients and their families. A diagnosis  more...

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In my first year of oncology fellowship, our program director asked us a question:  what percentage of people with cancer survived 5 years or more? At that time, in 2003, the answer was 60%.  I was appalled that fewer than half of us fellows, physicians embarking  more...

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The treatment offering the best chance for long-term survival in all types of hepatocellular cancer is complete surgical removal. Unfortunately, a very small percentage of patients with the common variety of hepatocellular cancer are candidates for surgical treatment  more...

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There are many chronic medical disorders that cause pain and disability in patients. Cancer patients are no different; however, at times our treatments incite chronic symptoms that affect our patients negatively. We must all be committed to finding more effective and  more...

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