Category Archives: Oncology

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

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

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

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...

Blog entry by Jennifer Lycette

Cancer Care In The Future

The future of cancer care will mean more cost-effective treatments, technology that improves outcomes (not just a shiny new hammer looking for a nail), a greater focus on improved prevention and screening, and a new mindset: A Surgical Oncologist's take on what I see more...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

Oncology: The Suicide Metastasis

On average, cancer patients have a 60% higher suicide risk than non-affected persons. Compared to treatment using pharmacotherapy and radiation therapy, psycho-oncology is given low priority. American oncologists want to change that. more...

Cancer: Hunting For The Dumbo Genes

Oncologists have in recent times learned a lot by looking at elephants and Greenland whales. These large and heavy animals, despite huge cell division rates, rarely develop cancer. Now we are trying to use this knowledge for the benefit of human cancer patients. more...

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