Featured Bloggers

Below are links to some of our more frequent bloggers, including their latest blog posts and other contributions:

Frederic W. Grannis, Jr., MD
Rebecca Bechhold, MD
David Eagle, MD
Craig R. Hildreth, MD
Paul R. Helft, MD
Richard Rosenbluth, MD


Regardless of where you practice, good communication between you and your pathologist is the best way to ensure that correct testing is done. Here are six common points of miscommunication to watch out for.

When the media reported earlier this year that giant drugstore chain CVS had announced that it would stop selling tobacco products, it appeared to be a sudden, independent, and ethically responsible business decision. In fact, there is important background and subtext.

We can all agree that communication skills are essential to quality cancer care. Oncologists are expected to explain complex situations clearly. Be on the lookout for doctors who say any of these—it could be a sign that they need an attitude adjustment.

Is there any truth in advertising? A recent study found that cancer center ads only emphasize positive outcomes, but other than direct-to-consumer marketing of pharmaceuticals that list all possible side effects, are you aware of any ads that state less than optimal outcomes?

Throughout the geriatric sessions we were continually reminded of our aging population, the fact that cancer is a disease of the aging, and of the mismatch in this increasing number of patients and the number of geriatric providers entering the workforce. General oncologists will need to understand the nuances of caring for older patients with cancer.

The landscape of cancer therapy is shifting from traditional cytotoxic chemotherapy towards targeted therapy with agents like tyrosine kinase inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies. However, these newer agents remain costly, and traditional chemotherapy remains the backbone for treating most malignancies.

Several factors affect physicians’ choice of genomic tests, including availability, speed, and cost. Traditionally allelotyping have been used, since they are fast and sensitive, even though they are not comprehensive.


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