Category Archives: Oncology

HPV: Time To Vaccinate The Lads As Well!

Eleven years after the launch of the first HPV vaccine, it's time to take stock. As the number of protected women rises slowly but surely, men become the new risk group. Experts are calling for comprehensive vaccination of both sexes. more...

Childhood Cancer: The Burden Of Survival

Children who suffer from cancer today survive much longer than before. However, as adults almost all unfortunately suffer from serious sequelae illnesses, as a new study shows. Doctors should keep a close eye on those affected, since aftercare doesn't end. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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Cancer Medication: Knocked Out By Bacteria

Researching the microbiome is in vogue: medical researchers have now found out that some medications are made ineffective due to the influence of bacteria. This can, especially when dealing with cancer therapies, have serious consequences. more...

Article by Nicole Simon
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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...

Blog entry by Jennifer Lycette

Character: Facing An Unresectable Tumor

MRI, CT, PET and color flow ultrasonography have markedly improved our ability to stage cancer patients before an operation and to indicate if a tumor is likely to be resectable. However, these technologies are imperfect and don’t always detect the full extent of more...

Blog entry by Steven Curley
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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...

Blog entry by Jennifer Lycette

Younger, fatter, colorectal cancer

Anyone who in previous times had been diagnosed with colon cancer at an early age was considered an exceptional case. American studies now show that more and more young adults are affected by the disease. An explanation might be obesity during teenage years. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer

The coach: battling cancer on the field

I first met the coach more than a decade ago. I'll provide a spoiler alert by telling you he is still alive as I write this piece. However, it's been a long, painful, and dramatic journey in his personal battle with cancer requiring multiple surgical procedures, a more...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

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...

Blog entry by Jennifer Lycette
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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...

Blog entry by Jennifer Lycette
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